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Dr. Alessandro Curioni was named Vice President, Europe and Director of the IBM Research – Zurich Lab in April 2015. In addition, since November 2015 he is leading the research activities for the newly formed Watson IoT unit.
Dr. Curioni is an internationally renowned leader in the area of high-performance computing and computational science, where his innovative thinking and seminal contributions have helped solve some of the most complex scientific and technological problems in several industries including healthcare, consumer goods and electronics.
In 2014, Dr. Curioni was promoted to the rank of IBM Fellow, the corporation's highest technical recognition. In 2013, he was a member of the winning team recognized with the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize by setting a new record of 14 Petaflops in simulation performance, recognition that he received for the second time also in 2015. Moreover, Dr. Curioni and his colleagues received the PRACE Award in 2012 and the US National Medal for Technology and Innovation in 2008 for the IBM Blue Gene family of high-performance computers.
Dr. Curioni started at IBM Research – Zurich as a PhD student in 1993 before officially joining as a research staff member in 1998. Prior to becoming Vice President and Director, he was head of the former Cognitive Computing and Computational Sciences department.
Dr. Curioni received his undergraduate degree in Theoretical Chemistry and his Ph.D. from Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy.