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IBM computer scientists have been at the forefront of scientific and technological innovation across a broad range of research areas.  They have made pioneering contributions in artificial intelligence, high-speed processor design, computer architecture, natural language processing, programming languages, optimizing compilers, operating systems, storage systems, computer-supported cooperative work, databases, speech recognition, integer programming, and service-oriented architectures, to name a few.

 



Winners Announced: 2015 IBM Research Pat Goldberg Memorial Best Paper Awards

Research papers in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mathematical Sciences, published in refereed conference proceedings and journals in 2015, were submitted by IBM Research authors worldwide to the 2015 Pat Goldberg Memorial Best Paper in CS, EE and Math Competition. From among these submissions, a team of domain experts nominated papers based on their technical significance (depth and breadth) and expected long-term impact. Top scientists from various IBM Research labs reviewed the papers and came up with three winning candidates:

 

The reusable holdout: Preserving validity in adaptive data analysis

Authors: Cynthia Dwork (Microsoft Research), Vitaly Feldman (IBM Research - Almaden), Moritz Hardt (Google Research), Toniann Pitassi (Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto) Omer Reingold (Samsung Research America) and Aaron Roth (Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania)

Published in: SCIENCE, 7 AUGUST 2015, VOL 349 ISSUE 6248

 

End-bonded contacts for carbon nanotube transistors with low, size-independent resistance

Authors: Qing Cao (IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center), Shu-Jen Han (IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center), Jerry Tersoff (IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center), Aaron D. Franklin (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University), Yu Zhu (IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center), Zhen Zhang (Department of Engineering Sciences, Uppsala University), George S. Tulevski (IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center), Jianshi Tang (IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center), Wilfried Haensch (IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center)

Published in: SCIENCE, 2 OCTOBER 2015, VOL 350 ISSUE 6256

 

An Extreme-Scale Implicit Solver for Complex PDEs: Highly Heterogeneous Flow in Earth’s Mantle

Authors: Johann Rudi (The University of Texas at Austin), A. Cristiano, I. Malossi (IBM Research – Zurich), Tobin Isaac (The University of Texas at Austin), Georg Stadler (Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University), Michael Gurnis (Seismological Laboratory, California Institute of Technology), Peter W. J. Staar (IBM Research – Zurich), Yves Ineichen (IBM Research – Zurich), Costas Bekas (IBM Research – Zurich), Alessandro Curioni (IBM Research – Zurich) Omar Ghattas (The University of Texas at Austin)

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:15:08 -0500



ACM Distinguished Members

Congratulations to Hubertus Franke, Heiko Ludwig, and Jacquelyn Martino of IBM Research who were recently announced as new ACM Distinguished Engineers.

The ACM Distinguished Member Recognition Program, initiated in 2006, recognizes those members with at least 15 years of professional experience who have made significant accomplishments or achieved a significant impact on the computing field. There are three categories for the Distinguished Member grade level: Distinguished Educator Distinguished Engineer, and Distinguished Scientist. ACM Distinguished Membership recognizes up to 10% of ACM’s top members who have had significant accomplishments or impact on the computing field.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:38:17 -0500



Congratulations to Vitaly Feldman

Vitaly Feldman, IBM Research - Almaden, was the Program Co-chair for the Conference on Learning Theory (COLT 2016), held at Columbia University on 23-26 June 2016. He was also an invited speaker at the 2016 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (16-18 June 2016 at Irvine, California), where he spoke on "Preserving Validity in Adaptive Data Analysis".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:28:54 -0400



Grady Booch Podcast: No Laughing Matter

IBM Fellow Grady Booch, IBM Research - Almaden, provides an audio recording of his On Computing column, in which he discusses the journey to understand the theories, mechanisms, and algorithms that discern and define funny.

From IEEE Software's September/October 2016 issue: https://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/so/2016/05/index.html

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 10 Aug 2016 18:11:19 -0400



Keynotes by Peter Hofstee

Peter Hofstee, IBM Research - Austin, recently gave two keynotes:

At the 2016 Reconfigurable Architecture Workshop (RAW 2016 - May 2016 in Chicago), he spoke on "Reconfigurable Accelerators for Big Data and Cloud" (video available).

At the 10th HiPEAC Workshop on Reconfigurable Computing (January 2016 in Prague), he spoke on "Accelerating Big Data Systems with Reconfigurable Acceleration".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:08:31 -0400



Mukesh Mohania elected Vice President of ACM India

Congratulations to Mukesh Mohanaia, IBM Research - India, who was recently elected to a two year term as Vice President of ACM India. 

The ACM India Council comprises a cross section of the computer science and information technology community committed to increasing the visibility and relevance of ACM in India. The council is focused on a wide range of ACM activities including:

  • serving as a professional network for individuals who are involved with the science and technology of computing
  • encouraging students to take an active interest in the emerging and exciting world of computing
  • facilitating the organization of high-quality ACM conferences in India
  • providing logistical support to grow more ACM professional and student chapters
  • enhancing access to the ACM Digital Library and publications for ACM members in India
  • increasing the participation of ACM members in India across all dimensions of ACM

 Mukesh also recently served as General co-Chair of the 3rd International Conference on Data Science (IKDD CODS 2016) held in Pune, India.  He also served as the Organization Committee Chair of VLDB 2016 held in New Delhi.

 

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 06 Jul 2016 13:46:16 -0400



Podcast: Sweet Spot for Blockchain

Transaction processing has a rich pedigree at IBM Research, reaching all the way back to the IBM Transaction Processing Facility on the IBM System 360. Now with the development of distributed database technology, transaction processing is taking a giant leap forward with the creation of a secure record that houses multi-party business transactions in one place — in one block-chain.

In this episode of Inside IBM Research, Ramesh Gopinath, VP of Fintech and Blockchain, talks about the contributions IBM is making to blockchain research as a premier member of the Hyperledger Project, a cross-industry collaboration that’s developing an open standard for distributed ledgers.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 06 Jul 2016 13:32:34 -0400



Keynotes at DataFlow 2016, TCE 2016, and SDF 2016

Sean McKenna, IBM Reseach - Dublin, keynoted DataFlow 2016 (May 2016) in Baton Rouige, LA.  The title of his talk was "Smarter Planet 2.0".

Leonid Karlinsky, IBM Research - Haifa, gave a plenary talk at TCE 2016: The 6th Annual Henry Taub International TCE Conference on 3D Visual Computing: Graphics, Geometry & Imaging (May 2016) in Haifa, Israel.  The title of his talk was "Fine-Grained Recognition of Thousands of Object Categories with Single-Example Training".

Chieko Asakawa, IBM Research - Tokyo, gave a plenary talk at SDF 2016:Evolving Interaction Towards an Inclusive Community (May 2016) in Seoul, South Korea.  The title of her talk was "Let Me See the World".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:44:59 -0400



Leadership Roles in Conferences on Data, Recommender Systems, Programming Languages, Group Work, and Software Engineering

Laura Haas, IBM Research - Almaden, will keynote HILDA 2016: The Workshop on Human-In-the-Loop Data Analytics at SIGMOD 2016, San Francisco, CA on 26 June 2016.  The title of her keynote will be "Keeping People “In the Loop” While Accelerating Discovery from Data"

Werner Geyer, IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center, will be the General co-Chair of ACM RecSys 2016: the 10th ACM International Conference on Recommender Systems, Boston, MA on 15-19 September 2016.

Mike Hind, IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center, will be the Program co-Chair of the SPLASH 2016 OOPSLA Artifacts Program, Amsterdam on 30 October-4 November 2016.

Michael Muller, IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center, will be the Technical Program co-Chair of GROUP 2016: the ACM Conference on Supporting Group Work, Sanibel Island, FL on 13-16 November 2016.

Gabi Zodik, IBM Research - Haifa, keynoted ISEC2016: the 9th India Software Engineering Conference, BITS Pilani, Goa, India on 18-20 Februrary 2016.  His talk was entitled "Cognitive and Contextual Enterprise Mobile Computing".

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:24:38 -0400



Laura Haas Joins National Academies' Computer Science and Telecommunications Board

Laura Haas, IBM Research - Almaden, will begin a second term as a member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies of Sciences/Engineering/Medicine.

"The Computer Science and Telecommunications Board is composed of nationally recognized experts from across the information technology fields and complementary fields germane to the Board's interests in IT and society. These leaders are selected on the basis of their individual accomplishments; they are not appointed as representatives of organizations, but they are associated with a wide range of academic, industrial, and other affiliations"

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:50:31 -0400



General Chairs at ACM DEV 2016

Komminist Weldemariam and Meenal Pore, both of IBM Research - Africa, will be General co-Chairs of the Seventh ACM Symposium on Computing and Development, to be held 18-21 November 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.

"DEV 2016 provides an international forum for research in the design, implementation, and evaluation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for social and economic development. In particular, we focus on contexts where conventional computing solutions are often inappropriate due to various contextual factors —including, but not limited to: cost, language, literacy and the availability of power and bandwidth."

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:41:46 -0400



New Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Congratulations to Tal Rabin, IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center, who was recently elected to the 2016 class of Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 14 Jun 2016 13:10:41 -0400



Grady Booch Podcast: It Is Cold. And Lonely.

IBM Fellow Grady Booch provides an audio recording of his IEEE Software (May/June 2016) On Computing column, in which he discusses how the next generation of software-intensive systems will be taught instead of programmed. This poses considerable pragmatic challenges in how we develop, deliver, and evolve them.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 09 Jun 2016 13:17:51 -0400



Keynotes Downunder

Joanna Batstone, IBM Research - Australia, recently gave the following keynotes and plenary talks:

  • "IBM’s current and future efforts in the field of digital health", AusMedtech 2016, February 2016
  • "Proactive disaster management through data assimilation, analysis, modelling and visualisation", Australia and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference, May 2016
  • "Cognitive Computing Comes of Age", AMP 2016, May 2016

 

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 08 Jun 2016 18:08:41 -0400



Grady Booch Podcast: The Marketplace Was Reaching Out to Us

IBM Fellow Grady Booch was present at the dawn of UML’s creation. In this episode of Inside IBM Research, Grady explains how he, Jim Rumbaugh and Ivar Jacobson shined a light through the programming chaos of the day to help developers manage and develop the entire life cycle of their software projects

Grady recently received the 2016 IEEE Computer Society's Computer Pioneer Award for "pioneering work in Object Modeling that led to the creation of the Unified Modeling Language (UML)".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 02 Jun 2016 16:04:49 -0400



Grady Booch Podcast: The Marketplace Was Reaching Out to Us

IBM Fellow Grady Booch was present at the dawn of UML’s creation. In this episode of Inside IBM Research, Grady explains how he, Jim Rumbaugh and Ivar Jacobson shined a light through the programming chaos of the day to help developers manage and develop the entire life cycle of their software projects

Grady recently received the 2016 IEEE Computer Society's Computer Pioneer Award for "pioneering work in Object Modeling that led to the creation of the Unified Modeling Language (UML)".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 02 Jun 2016 16:04:22 -0400



Grady Booch Podcast: The Marketplace Was Reaching Out to Us

IBM Fellow Grady Booch was present at the dawn of UML’s creation. In this episode of Inside IBM Research, Grady explains how he, Jim Rumbaugh and Ivar Jacobson shined a light through the programming chaos of the day to help developers manage and develop the entire life cycle of their software projects

Grady recently received the 2016 IEEE Computer Society's Computer Pioneer Award for "pioneering work in Object Modeling that led to the creation of the Unified Modeling Language (UML)".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 02 Jun 2016 16:04:12 -0400



Yaron Wolfsthal will keynote SWSTE 2016

Yaron Wolfsthal, IBM Research - Haifa, will provide the first day afternoon keynote at SWSTE 2016.  The conference will be held 23-24 June 2016 in Be'er Sheva, Israel.  The conference "focuses on cyber security trends and other topics in software science, technology, and engineering. It provides a unique opportunity for researchers, scientists, practitioners, and managers from Israel and abroad to meet and share their ideas, results, and expferiences."

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 17 May 2016 14:18:03 -0400



Joanna Batstone keynotes CeBIT Australia 2016

Joanna Batsone, IBM Research - Australia, keynoted the CeBIT Australia 2016 Conference, 2 May 2016 in Sydney Australia.  The title of her talk was "Cognitive Computing Comes Of Age".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Fri, 13 May 2016 14:09:24 -0400



Conference Leadership Positions for IBM Researchers at ESWC 2016

At the 13th ESWC, takes place from May 29th, 2016 to June 2nd​, 2016 in in Anissaras, Crete, Greece, the following IBM Reseearchers will have track leadership roles:

Pablo Mendes, IBM Research - Almaden, co-chair Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval Track

Vanessa Lopez, IBM Research - Ireland, co-chair Smart Cities, Urban and Geospatial Data Track

In addition, Eleni Prastsini, IBM Research - Ireland will be a keynote at the conference.   The title of her talk will be "Semanting Technologies in Business: are we there yet?"

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Fri, 13 May 2016 14:00:51 -0400



Mandana Vaziri recieves ACM SIGSOFT Impact Paper Award

Congratulations to Mandana Vaziri, IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center, who received the 2016 ACM SIGSOFT Impact Paper Award for her paper with Daniel Jackson:  Finding bugs with a constraint solver. In Proceedings of the 2000 ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis (ISSTA '00, Portland, Oregon, 22-24 August, 2000).

As described on the Award website: "The award given in year N is for a highly influential paper presented at a conference held in calendar year N-10 or prior. A selection committee and selection committee chair will be selected by the current SIGSOFT Executive Committee. Nominations will be solicited annually during the December prior to the award year, via major mailing lists and web forums. Additionally, the committee may consider highly cited SIGSOFT papers from the N-10 publication year, as well as highly cited SIGSOFT papers from years prior to the N-10 year in exceptional cases. A multi-round ranking procedure will be used to identify the top few papers, and then a final decision will be made by consensus of the committee. The committee chair shall adjudicate conflicts of interest, appointing substitutes to the committee as necessary. For purposes of continuity, committee members may remain on the committee for up to three years. The award committee shall be no less than three people in size."

posted by Brent Hailpern on Fri, 13 May 2016 13:45:45 -0400



Conference Leadership Positions by IBM Researchers

Peter Muller (IBM Research – Zurich): Communications and Information System Security Symposium Chair, IEEE GLOBECOM 2015, December 2015.

http://globecom2015.ieee-globecom.org/content/technical-program-committee

 

Dilip Krishnaswamy (IBM Research – India): Executive Chair, IEEE GLOBECOM 2015, December 2015.

http://globecom2015.ieee-globecom.org/content/organizing-committee

http://researcher.watson.ibm.com/researcher/view.php?person=in-dilikris

 

Alexandre Rademaker (IBM Research – Brazil): Program Committee Chair, LexSem+Logics 2016, July 2016.

http://propor2016.di.fc.ul.pt/?page_id=385

http://researcher.watson.ibm.com/researcher/view.php?person=br-alexrad

 

Hubertus Franke (IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center): Program Co-Chair, ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers 2016, May 2016.

http://www.computingfrontiers.org/2016/orga.html

http://researcher.watson.ibm.com/researcher/view.php?person=us-frankeh

 

Kubilay Atasu (IBM Research – Zurich), Program Co-Chair, 10th HiPEAC Workshop on Reconfigurable Computing, January 2016.

http://paginas.fe.up.pt/~specs/events/wrc2016/index.php?page=committee

http://researcher.watson.ibm.com/researcher/view.php?person=zurich-KAT

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 04 May 2016 17:21:45 -0400



Major Awards for IBM Researchers

Bruce Lindsay (IBM Research – Almaden, emeritus) was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, February 2016.
https://www.nae.edu/Projects/MediaRoom/20095/149240/149788.aspx

 

Jakita Thomas (IBM Research – Almaden, emerita) received the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, February 2016.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/02/18/president-obama-honors-extraordinary-early-career-scientists

 

Grady Booch (IBM Research – Almaden) received the 2016 IEEE-CS Computer Pioneer Award, April 2016.

https://www.computer.org/web/pressroom/booch-pioneer-award

http://researcher.watson.ibm.com/researcher/view.php?person=us-gbooch

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 04 May 2016 17:20:54 -0400



Keynotes and Plenary Lectures by IBM Researchers

Catalina Danis (IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center) – “Collaboration Between Practitioners and Researchers to Evolve Effective Technology for Self Care” at the First International Patient Experience Conference, November 2015.

http://kaauh.edu.sa/pex/Speakers.htm

http://researcher.watson.ibm.com/researcher/view.php?person=us-danis

 

Joanna Batstone (IBM Research – Australia) – “Cognitive Computing and the Future of Healthcare” at the EmTech Asia 2016 Conference, January 2016.

http://emtechasia.com/index.php/conference/agenda

http://researcher.watson.ibm.com/researcher/view.php?person=us-batstone

 

Jeffrey Welser (IBM Research – Almaden) – “Big Data” at the Global Food Safety Conference, March 2016.

https://www.zapaday.com/userfile/download/1fdao/GlobalFoodSafetyConference_2016-Berlin_OfficialProgramme

http://researcher.ibm.com/researcher/view.php?person=us-welser

 

Peter Haas (IBM Research – Almaden) – “Information Management and Simulation: Innovation at the Interface” at the 2016 Spring Simulation Multiconference, April 2016.

http://www.scs.org/documents/SpringSim16/SpringSim%20-%20Keynote%20Speaker%20Peter%20Haas.pdf

http://researcher.watson.ibm.com/researcher/view.php?person=us-phaas

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 04 May 2016 17:19:57 -0400



Best Paper for Dilip Krishnaswamy at CoCoNet15

Congratulations to Dilip and his colleagues from Dell, VMware, and Orange for their best paper award:

“Policy-based Monitoring and Energy Management for NFV Data Centers”. Ram (Ramki) Krishnan, Tim Hinrichs, Dilip Krishnaswamy and Ruby Krishnaswamy – CoCoNet15, December 2015.

http://www.iiitmk.ac.in/coconet2015/best-papers.html

http://researcher.watson.ibm.com/researcher/view.php?person=in-dilikris

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 04 May 2016 17:19:14 -0400



Grady Booch to present ACM Learning Webinar, "Computational Thinking," on 3 Feb 2016

 

Register for February 3 Talk with ACM Fellow and Chief Scientist for Software Engineering at IBM Research, Grady Booch: "Computational Thinking"

Register for the next ACM Learning Webinar, "Computational Thinking," presented on Wednesday, February 3 at 12 pm ET by Grady Booch, ACM Fellow and Chief Scientist for Software Engineering at IBM Research. Will Tracz, Lockheed Martin Fellow Emeritus and Past Chair of ACM SIGSOFT, moderates.

The underlying assertion of science is that the world is understandable: fueled by human curiosity and need, this has led us on a journey that has pulled away the veil of mystery surrounding the cosmos and in turn has shaped our very existence. The underlying assertion of computing is that the world is computable: this also has led us on a journey that has irreversibly changed humanity. It was once the case that developing software-intensive systems was the domain of a relative few, but as computing has woven its way into the interstitial spaces of civilization, development is no longer just the domain of professionally trained computer scientists and engineers, for now there has grown a much larger community of amateur and incidental developers, people who must build computational systems as part of their primary focus. In this presentation, we will examine the nature of this shift and consider the consequences not only for our profession but for the world that increasingly relies on such systems. We will pay particular attention to the importance of computational thinking for the masses, and how we as professionals have a responsibility to shape the conversation.

Duration: 60 minutes (including audience Q&A)

Presenter:
Grady Booch, IBM Research; ACM Fellow
Grady Booch is Chief Scientist for Software Engineering at IBM Research. Having originated the term and the practice of object-oriented design, he is best known for his work in advancing the fields of software engineering and software architecture. A co-author of the Unified Modeling Language (UML), a founding member of the Agile Alliance, and a founding member of the Hillside Group, Grady has published six books and several hundred technical articles, including an ongoing column for IEEE Software. Grady is also a trustee for the Computer History Museum. He is an IBM Fellow, an ACM and IEEE Fellow, and has been awarded the Lovelace Medal and has given the Turing Lecture for the BCS. He is currently deeply involved in the development of cognitive systems, and is also developing a major trans-media documentary for public broadcast on the intersection of computing and the human experience.

Moderator:
Will Tracz, Lockheed Martin Fellow Emeritus; Past Chair, ACM SIGSOFT
When he retired in 2012, Will Tracz was a principal software engineer/application architect for the Global Combat Support System - Air Force program. He is Past Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT) and a member of the ACM Professional Development Committee. He was the editor of the ACM SIGSOFT Software Engineering Notes (1994-2012), 2002 chairman of the International Conference on Software Engineering, and 2012 chairman of the ACM Foundations of Software Engineering.

 

Click here to register for this free webinar. Past ACM events are available on demand.

 

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 12 Jan 2016 18:45:31 -0500



2014 IBM Research Pat Goldberg Memorial Best Paper Awards

2014 IBM Research Best Papers Focus on Neural Integrated Circuits, Fully Homomorphic Encryption, and Reconstruction of Linear Threshold Functions

Approximately 100 papers in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mathematical Sciences published in refereed conference proceedings and journals in 2014 were submitted by IBM Research authors worldwide to the Pat Goldberg Memorial 2014 Best Paper in CS, EE and Math Competition.  From these submissions, a team of domain experts nominated 19 papers based on the papers' technical significance (depth and breadth) and expected long-term impact. A team of top scientists from various IBM Research labs reviewed the papers. They came up with 9 finalists from among the 19. Eventually 3 papers were selected as the winners of the Pat Goldberg Memorial 2014 Best Paper Awards.  
 
Thank you to all the submitters and reviewers.  Special thanks are due to the selection team: Venkat Chakravarthy, Laura Chiticariu, Noel Faux, Ehud Karnin, Phokion Kolaitis, Dilip Krishnaswamy (lead), Mehdi Moradi, Luis Gregorio Moyano, Hagen Völzer, Jan Vondrak, and Chai Wu.

Please join with me in congratulating the winners! The winners are:
 
A million spiking-neuron integrated circuit with a scalable communication network and interface

Authors and Affiliations: Paul A. Merolla, John V. Arthur, Rodrigo Alvarez-Icaza,  Andrew S. Cassidy, Jun Sawada, Filipp Akopyan, Bryan L. Jackson, Nabil Imam, Chen Guo, Yutaka Nakamura,  Bernard Brezzo, Ivan Vo, Steven K. Esser, Rathinakumar Appuswamy, Brian Taba, Arnon Amir, Myron D. Flickner, William P. Risk, Rajit Manohar, Dharmendra S. Modha

Author Affiliations: IBM Research - Almaden, IBM Research - Austin, Cornell University, IBM Engineering and Technology Services, IBM Research - Tokyo, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, and Cornell Tech.

Name of the journal or conference: Science  

The above paper was highlighted on the cover of the August 8th 2014 issue of Science. In a feature article in the magazine, this work on a brain-inspired chip was described as aiming to give computers the perception of biological organisms, enabling the design of microprocessors modeled on networks of nerve cells that promise blazing speed at incredibly low power.
 

Fully Homomorphic Encryption without Bootstrapping

Paper Authors and affiliations:  Zvika Brakerski, Craig Gentry, and Vinod Vaikuntanathan

Author Affiliations: Weismann Institute of Science, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, MIT, University of Toronto

Name of the journal or conference: ACM Transactions on Computation Theory

The paper introduces two algorithmic ideas to the world of Fully Homomorphic Encryption called "linearization'' and "modulus switching'' that have led to dramatic improvements in efficiency. The paper was chosen by the ACM as one of the best publications in 2014.
 
 
Nearly optimal solutions for the Chow Parameters Problem and low-weight approximation of halfspaces

Authors and affiliations: Anindya De (University of California, Berkeley), Ilias Diakonikolas (University of California, Berkeley), Vitaly Feldman (IBM Research – Almaden), and Rocco A Servedio (Columbia University)

Author Affiliations: University of California at Berkeley, IBM Research - Almaden, Columbia University

Name of the journal or conference: Journal of the ACM

The above paper suggested efficient algorithms for reconstructing a linear threshold function from its Chow parameters. The work has various applications, such as in electrical engineering for designing threshold gates, and in the game/voting theory community to design voting rules based on weighted majority.

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 11 Jan 2016 17:55:32 -0500



Podcast - Using An Algorithm To Predict Schizophrenia

IBM physicist Guillermo Cecchi and his colleagues in computer science and psychiatry have developed an algorithm that infers a schizophrenic break from an individual’s language patterns. In this episode of Inside IBM Research, he talks about a multidisciplinary study that will help psychiatrists anticipate serious mental illness — and help society ease human suffering.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 11 Jan 2016 16:45:48 -0500



5 IBM Researchers named IEEE Fellow

Yixin Diao, Hui Lei, Mehmet Soyuer, and Alvin Jospeh all of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, and Ernest Wu, of IBM Research in Vermont, were recently named IEEE Fellows for 2016. The IEEE confers the title of Fellow upon a person of outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in IEEE-designated fields, who has made important individual contributions to one or more of those fields.

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 15 Dec 2015 18:31:39 -0500



Five IBM Researchers named Distinguished Members of ACM

ACM recently announced 49 new distinguished members.  Among them were 5 IBM Researchers:

 

In addition, the following IBM Research alumnus was also named as a Distinguished Engineer: 

  • Nicholas Bowen

 

Congratulations to all 49 new distinguished memberts, especially to our industrial research colleagues at NetApp, HP Labs, Huawei, Telefonica R&D, Google, Adobe, Alibaba, and Microsoft.

 

 

 

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:02:42 -0500



More Invited Talks by IBM Researchers

Kun Hu, IBM Research - Almaden, gave an invited talk at the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ISNTD) Bites 2015 Conference, 19 March 2015, in London, England.  The title of her talk was "The effect of antibody-dependent enhancement, cross immunity, and vector population on the dynamics of dengue fever".  She will also be a featured speaker at the 6th International Confernece on Global Health, 1-2 March 2016, at Florida International University.

Michael Rosenfield, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, gave a keynote at Cool Chips XVIII, 13-15 April 2015, in Yokohama, Japan.  The title of his talk was "Data Centric Systems: Architecture and Solutions for Technical Computing, Big Data, and High Performance Analytics".

Seetharami Seelam, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, will keynote QAC 2015, 30 November 2015, in Vancouver, Canada.  His talk will be entitled "The IBM Container Cloud: Principles and Practices in Assuring the Quality of Service".

Olivier Tardieu, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, gave an invited talk at the 9th PGAS conference, 16-18 September 2015, in Washington, DC. The title of his talk was "Resilient and Elastic APGAS".  He will also give an invited talk on the same subject at ESPM2 2015, 15 November 2015, in Austin, Texas.

Yael Dubinsky, IBM Research - Haifa, gave a keynote at DeMobile 2015, 31 August 2015, in Bergamo, Italy. Her talk was entitled "Walking the Model: The Smart Mobile Field Engineer".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 12 Nov 2015 16:10:11 -0500



Invited Talks by IBM Researchers

Tal Rabin, IBM Thomas J. Watson Reearch Center, gave an invited talk at EUROCRYPT 2015, 26-30 April 2015, in Sofia, Bulgaria.  The title of her talk was "A Privacy Research Roadmap for a National Privacy Research Strategy".  She also gave an invited talk "A Fair Journey" at Latincrypt 2015, 24-26 August 2015, in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Hari Ramasamy, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, gave a keynote presentation in the Industrial Track of DSN 2015 (22-25 June 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) entitled "Analytics for Maintenance Services".

Francesco Calabrese, IBM Reseach - Ireland, will be an invited speaker at the Workshop on Urban Data Science, 14 December 2015 at the University of Cambridge.

Jakub Marecek, IBM Research - Ireland, will gave an invited talk at the National Sustainability Summit 2015, 3 November 2015, in Dublin, Ireland.

Gabi Zodik, IBM Research - Haifa, gave a keynote at MOBILESoft 2015, 16-17 May 1015, in Florence, Italy.  His talk was titled "Future technologies supporting the convergence of Mobile, Wearables, and IoT". He also gave a keynote at IoTaaS 2015, 26-27 October 2015, in Rome, Italy, on "Future directions in Mobile, IoT, and Wearable Enterprise Computing". He will also be giving a keynote at MobiCASE 2015, 12-13 November 2015, in Berlin, Germany, entitled "Contextual Enterprise Mobile Computing".

Priscilla Rogers, IBM Research - Australia, gave an invited talk entitled "Leveraging data and analytics for a smarter health system" at Convergence 2015: Found in Translation? Delivering the Promise of Precision Health and Medicine, 12 October 2015, in Melbourne, Australia.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:22:35 -0500



General Chair HotWeb 2015

Wei Tan, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, will be General co-Chair of the Third IEEE Workshop on Hot Topics in Web Systems and Technologies, 12-13 November 2015 in Washington, DC.

HotWeb is a forum that brings together researchers and practitioners interested in the design, implementation, and evaluation of Internet systems and applications. Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and by IEEE-CS Technical Committee on the Internet, the workshop seeks to act as a conduit for the presentation of novel approaches used in support of performance, scalability, and security of Internet systems and applications.

Arun Iyengar, also of IBM Research, is on the Steering Committee of the workshop and the Technical Program Committee for HotWeb 2015.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:44:27 -0500



Keynote at IM2015

Dinesh Verma, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, was one of the keynote speakers at the IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management, 11-15 May 2015 in Ottawa, Canada.  The title of his talk was "Micro Cloud: Moving Computing to Data to Deal with Data Management and Security Issues for Enterprise Clouds".

Also keynoting the conference was IBM Research alumnus, Joe Hellerstein (now with the University of Washington), whose talk was entitled "Big Data in Science: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:28:11 -0500



IBM Researchers named to ACM India Eminent Speaker program

Ten members of IBM Research - India have been named to the ACM India Eminent Speaker program.  There are currently 29 eminent speakers, so the IBMers represent roughly 1/3 of the program. 

Mukesh Mohania

  1. Big Data Analytics for Personalized Education
  2. Cloud Computing and Big Data Analytics: What Is New from DB Perspective?
  3. Analyzing Data and Content Together

Ankur Narang

  1. Distributed Scheduling for Massively Parallel Systems
  2. Research Directions in Large Scale Inverse Problem

Prasad M. Deshpande

  1. Unlocking the Power of Unstructured Data for Master Data Management
  2. Preventing Information Leakage from Unstructured Documents

Sameep Mehta

  1. Introduction to Knowledge Graph Stores with Applications
  2. Data Fusion Enabled Contextual and Personalized Insight Mining

Rajeev Gupta

  1. Big Data, Metadata, and Beyond
  2. Continuous Query Processing: Concepts, Algorithms, and New Problems

Ramasuri Narayanam

  1. Social Network Analysis: From Classics to Recent Advances
  2. Games on Networks: Modeling, Algorithms, Computational Analysis, Applications
  3. Computational Analysis of Connectivity Games with Applications to Social Network Analysis

Dinesh Garg

  1. Quadratic Optimization in High Dimensions: A Tale of Two Methods
  2. Mobile Payments—A Growing Threat and How Machine Learning Can Help Talk 3: Auction Design for Online Advertising

Animesh Nandi

  1. Enabling Efficient Time-Travel Primitives in Big Data Platforms
  2. Detecting Anomalous System Behaviour Using Historical Log Data
  3. Towards Automating Root-Cause Diagnosis in a Datacenter via Analysis of Historical Fine-grained Machine-state Data

Praveen Jayachandran

  1. Research Challenges and Trends in Cloud Computing
  2. Linux Containers: The Next Generation Cloud Technology
  3. Monitoring and Problem Determination in Cloud Environments

Shivkumar Kalyanaraman

  1. Energy-Transportation Nexus: Future of Renewables, Energy Storage, Electric Vehicles for Emerging Markets Like India
  2. IT/Wireless Convergence: Future of Mobile and Telecom in India

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 04 Nov 2015 19:05:53 -0500



IBM Researchers join ACM SIGOPS Hall of Fame

Congratulations to John T. Robinson and Mike Spreitzer, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, who were inducted into the ACM SIGOPS Hall of Fame for 2015. The SIGOPS Hall of Fame Award was instituted in 2005 to recognize the most influential Operating Systems papers that were published at least ten years in the past. 

Details of the two awards are:

H. T. Kung and John T. Robinson. On optimistic methods for concurrency control. ACM Transactions on Database Systems (TODS) 6(2), June 1981, 213-226. "This paper introduced the notion of optimistic concurrency control, proceeding with a transaction without locking the data items accessed, in the expectation that the transaction's accesses will not conflict with those of other transactions. This idea, originally introduced in the context of conventional databases, has proven very powerful when transactions are applied to general-purpose systems."

D. B. Terry, M. M. Theimer, Karin Petersen, A. J. Demers, M. J. Spreitzer, and C. H. Hauser. Managing update conflicts in Bayou, a weakly connected replicated storage system. In Proceedings of the 15th ACM symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP '95), December 1995, 172-182. "Bayou is a replicated storage system that anticipated the world of numerous small mobile devices executing collaborative applications over unreliable networks. The paper describes a client-server storage structure supporting eventual consistency, anti-entropy protocols, disconnected operation, log-based recovery, and an application-centered approach to detecting and resolving update conflicts to arrive at consistent replicas. These concepts were backed up by a prototype implementation, two applications, and a simple performance evaluation. Bayou is still relevant to the problems faced by, and the solutions employed by, a large number of today's modern applications."

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 22 Oct 2015 15:43:25 -0400



Mukesh Mohania at BIGDAS 2015, EITES 2015, IKDD CODS 2016

Mukesh Mohania, IBM Research - India, delivered an invited talk at the 1st International Conference on Big Data Applications and Services (20-23 October 2015) in Jeju Island, Korea.  The title of his presentation was "Cloud Computing and Big Data Analytics: What is new from DB Perspective?". 

He also was an invited speaker at the 2nd International Research Conference on Information Technology and Engineering Solutions (20-21 February 2015) in Pune, India. The title of that talk was "Policy Management for Autonomic Data Management". 

Dr. Mohania will serve as the General co-Chair of the 3rd ACM IKDD Conference on Data Science (13-16 March 2016) in Pune, Inida

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 22 Oct 2015 15:11:22 -0400



IBM Research Conference Chairs: IoTaaS 2015, MOBILESoft 2015, FIT 2015

Benjamin Mandler, IBM Research - Haifa, is the General Chair of the 2nd EAI International Conference on IoT as a Service, 26-27 October 2015, in Rome, Italy.  "The 'IoT as a Service' conference is meant to bring together researchers and practitioners, from academia and from the industry, being it large Telcos and service providers, or SMEs who are interested in creating IoT based value added services. The main aim is to present existing, evolving, or novel ideas, exchange points of view, and foster discussions and future collaborations between different stakeholders. Papers are welcomed representing the point of view of middleware and platform providers, smart object providers, application developers, as well as researchers. The 'IoT as a Service' conference is seeking original research and industrial papers on the confluence of IoT and advanced delivery models."

Aharon Abadi, IBM Research - Haifa, was the General Chair of the 2nd ACM International Conference on Mobile Software Engineering and Systems, 16-17 May 2015, Florence, Italy. "In recent years, there has been exponential growth in both the development and use of mobile applications thus presenting new challenges to software engineering. Mobile platforms are rapidly changing, with the addition of diverse capabilities such as GPS, sensors, and touch or pen input modes. When running on mobile platforms, modern applications need to scale on demand according to the hardware abilities. During development, security and authorization processes for dataflow are very important. However, the popularity of bring your own device (BYOD) policies in schools, universities and the workplace bring new possibilities of security data leaks. Developing robust mobile applications therefore requires advanced practices and tools. Some of these are architecture techniques that relate to the platform complexity; improved refactoring tools for hybrid applications using dynamic languages; developing applications in multiple languages; and testing and verification techniques for applications that run on different devices."

M. Mustafa Rafique, IBM Research - Ireland, will be the Computer Science Track co-Chair of the 13th International Conference on Frontiers of Information Technology, 14-16 December 2015, Islamabad, Pakistan. The conference is technically sponsored by IEEE Islamabad Chapter, IEEE Computer Society and IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 21 Oct 2015 17:45:47 -0400



Most Influential Paper Award at PPDP 2015

Congratulations to Louis Mandel, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, and his co-author Marc Pouzet (now at École Normale Supérieure), for receiveing the most influential paper award at the 2015 International Symposium on Principles and Practice of Declarative Programming (for PPDP 2005).  The winning paper was entitled "ReactiveML: a Reactive Extension to ML".  A retrospective was published as "ReactiveML, ten years later".

The abstract of the original paper was: "We present ReactiveML, a programming language dedicated to the implementation of complex reactive systems as found in graphical user interfaces, video games or simulation problems. The language is based on the reactive model introduced by Boussinot. This model combines the so-called synchronous model found in Esterel which provides instantaneous communication and parallel composition with classical features found in asynchronous models like dynamic creation of processes.The language comes as a conservative extension of an existing call-by-value ML language and it provides additional constructs for describing the temporal part of a system. The language receives a behavioral semantics á la Esterel and a transition semantics describing precisely the interaction between ML values and reactive constructs. It is statically typed through a Milner type inference system and programs are compiled into regular ML programs. The language has been used for programming several complex simulation problems (e.g., routing protocols in mobile ad-hoc networks)."

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 21 Oct 2015 17:24:32 -0400



Podcast - The Music of Machines

IBM Watson is revolutionizing the way we see and find patterns in unstructured data, from research papers to images. And it's revolutionizing the way people in healthcare, finance, retail, travel and services are making critical decisions.

In this episode of Inside IBM Research, Janani Mukundan, a machine learning researcher at IBM Research-Austin, talks about how a stack of Restricted Boltzmann Machines is now building off Watson to learn how to compose music. The results are expected to have an impact on the study of machine learning and natural language. You can read the transcript and listen to Janani's complete musical pieces.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 21 Oct 2015 17:04:20 -0400



Program Chair, MAMA 2015

Mark Squillante, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, was Workshop Chair for the 2015 ACM SIGMETRICS Workshop on MAthematical performance Modeling and Analysis which took place 15 June 2015 in conjunction with ACM Sigmetrics 2015, in Portland, Oregon, USA.

The Workshop on MAthematical performance Modeling and Analysis (MAMA) seeks to bring together researchers working on the mathematical, methodological and theoretical aspects of performance analysis, modeling and optimization. It is intended to provide a forum at SIGMETRICS conferences for talks on early research in the more mathematical areas of computer performance analysis. These talks tend to be based on very recent research results (including work in progress) or on new research results that will be otherwise submitted only to a journal (or recently have been submitted to a journal). Thus, part of the goal is to complement and supplement the SIGMETRICS Conference program with such talks without removing any theoretical contributions from the main technical program.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Fri, 16 Oct 2015 16:41:15 -0400



Keynote, CSW Milano 2015

On 22 September 2015, Evangelos Eleftheriou, IBM Research - Zurich, keynoted the Computing Systems Week of European Network of Excellence on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation (HiPEAC).  His talk was on the "Future Non-Volatile Memories: Technology Trends and Applications". 

In the keynote, he gave an overview of the current status of Flash as well as of emerging SCM technologies. Hel discussed various system aspects, including possible uses of SCM across the entire stack, and present an analysis of the implications this has for the various components. Also, key problems  introduced by these new technologies are identified and solutions were outlined.

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Fri, 16 Oct 2015 16:27:26 -0400



IBM Research Tech Talks

IBM Research has created a YouTube channel in which IBM scientists and engineers present their research in specific technical areas at a technical level suitable for graduate students and senior undergraduate students. The topics range across a wide spectrum of areas under active research at IBM, from the basic sciences, to building complex computing systems.

The first four talks include:

  • Surrogate Regression Models for Automatic Algorithm Configuration
  • Teaching Computers to See
  • Next-Generation Solar Energy Materials
  • How Watson Learns Superhuman Jeopardy! Strategies

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 14 Oct 2015 20:09:26 -0400



IBM Research @ Insight 2015

Don't miss IBM Research Day @ Insight 2015 - new trends you didn’t know were happening!

More details at ibm.biz/research_insight2015

posted by Brent Hailpern on Sun, 11 Oct 2015 12:05:20 -0400



Keynote at EUMAS 2015

Onn Shehory, IBM Research - Haifa, will be a keynote speaker at the 13th European Conference on Multi-Agent Systems, 17-18 December 2015, in Athens.  

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 01 Oct 2015 13:18:08 -0400



New Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE TSC

Rong Chang, IBM Research - China, has been named Associate Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Services Computing.  The scope of the journal "covers all computing and software aspects of the science and technology of services innovation research and development. IEEE Transactions on Services Computing emphasizes the algorithmic, mathematical, statistical and computational methods that are central in services computing, the emerging field of Service Oriented Architecture, Web Services, Business Process Integration, Solution Performance Management, Services Operations and Management."

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:54:28 -0400



Leadership positions at ICACCI 2015

Dilip Krishnaswamy, IBM Research - India, served as General co-Chair of the 4th International Conference on Advances in Computing, Communications, and Informatics (10-13 August 2015 in Kerala, India).  Peter Mueller, IBM Research - Zurich, served as Program co-Chair.  Xinyu Que, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, was an Industry Track co-Chair.

Sameep Mehta, IBM Research - India, was a keynorte speaker at the conference.  The title of his talk was "Knowledge Graph Analytics"

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 21 Sep 2015 17:56:16 -0400



Plenary talk by Oded Margalit at CyberWeek 2015

Oded Margalit, IBM Research - Haifa, gave a plenary talk at the Fifth Annual International Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Conference at Tel Aviv University (23 June 2015) in the Tenth Session on "Brain and Machine Learning".  The title of his address was "Usage of Cognitive Computing for Cyber".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:46:33 -0400



Grady Booch Podcast: My Autobiography

IBM Fellow Grady Booch provides an audio recording of his IEEE Computer Society "On Computing" column, in which he discusses how the story of computing is the story of humanity. This is a story of ambition, invention, creativity, vision, avarice, and serendipity, powered by a refusal to accept the limits of our bodies and minds. 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 18 Aug 2015 12:55:22 -0400



Shai Halevi keynotes CRYPTO 2015

Shai Halevi, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, will give an invited talk on "The State of Cryptographic Multilinear Maps" on 17 August 2015 at CRYPTO 2015 in Santa Barbara, CA.

CRYPTO 2015 is the 35th International Cryptology Conference. It will be held at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) from August 16 to 20, 2015. The academic program covers all aspects of cryptology. The conference is sponsored by the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR), in cooperation with the Computer Science Department of UCSB.

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:10:07 -0400



Keynote at ISBIS 2015

Emmanuel Yashchin, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, keynoted the International Society for Business and Industrial Statistics Satellite Conference, 22-24 July 2015 at the University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brasil.  His talk was titled "Statistical Aspects of Early Warning Systems".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:32:27 -0400



ICCD 2015 Track Chair

Hans Jacobson, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, will be the co-Chair of the Processor Architecture Track of the 33rd IEEE International Conference on Computer Design, which will be held 18-21 October 2015 in New York City.

Also on the ICCD 2015 program committees:

  • John Carter, IBM Research - Austin
  • Hubertus Franke, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
  • Peter Hofstee, IBM Research - Austin
  • Prabhakar Kudva, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
  • Kanak Agarwal, IBM Research - Austin
posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 05 Aug 2015 14:06:08 -0400



Xiaowei Shen Co-chairs ICSS2015

Xiaowei Shen, Director of IBM Research - China, recently co-chaired the 2015 International Conference on Services Science, 8-9 May 2015, in Weihai, China.

International Conference on Service Science (ICSS) is an annual academic event directed by the Serviceology Advisory and Steering Committee of China, and is also one of the top SSC Community events in China. ICSS features a unique mix of academic, industrial, and cross-discipline topics, and provides a platform for the presentation and exchange of research results and practical experiences as well as education development. ICSS also aims at bridging the perspectives of researchers and the needs of practitioners. Speakers at the conference include many of the leading service science experts from both academia and service industries around the world.

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:34:20 -0400



Keynote at IEEE Services 2015

Dr. Guru Banavar, VP of Cognitive Computing at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, gave a keynote entitled "The Watson Platform for Cognitive Computing" at the 11th World Congress on Services on July 1 in New York.

The multi-conference aims to serve as a federation to host the following five theme topic conferences to explore the deep knowledge space of Services Computing:

  • The 2015 IEEE 8th International Conference on Cloud Computing (CLOUD 2015)
  • The 2015 IEEE 22nd International Conference on Web Services (ICWS 2015)
  • The 2015 IEEE 12th International Conference on Services Computing (SCC 2015)
  • The 2015 IEEE 4th International Conference on Mobile Services (MS 2015)
  • The 2015 International Congress on Big Data (BigDataCongress 2015)
posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:52:11 -0400



Rong Chang elected to chair of IEEE TCSVC

Rong Chang, IBM Research - China (on assignment from the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center) was elected Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Services Computing.  The committee is "a multi-disciplinary group whose purpose is to advance and coordinate work in the field of Services Computing carried out throughout the IEEE in scientific, engineering, standard, literary and educational areas".

Rong also recently served as an Industry/Research Chair of the Seventh International Conferences on Advanced Services Computing (SERVICE COMPUTATION 2015), which was held 22-27 March 2015 in Nice, France.

In January, Rong also was selected as co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Cloud Computing.

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:34:07 -0400



2015 SIIM Innovator Award

Colin Compas, Suman Sedai, David Beymer, Tanveer Syed-Mahmood, and Prasanth Prasanna of IBM Reseach - Almaden and IBM Research - Australia won the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine's 2015 Innovator Award for their poster "Annotation Assembler – A Web Tool for Applying Semi-Automatic Annotations to Images", which was presented at the SIIM Annual meeting.

The authors describe their system in the "case presentation" as: "We have developed a web-based tool that allows for the association of semantic image findings with an image. These findings can be anything that could be found in a radiology report, patient history, or image meta-data. Using dictionary based concept extraction our tool is able to automatically identify relevant information in the text that is then verified by the clinician and associated with the given image. The backbone of this system is a hierarchical organizational structure that allows for information about a patient to be stored at different levels. A patient’s gender, for example, is applied to all images contained within that patient’s record, while age is specific for the time of image acquisition. Diseases may be chronic and associated with many imaging studies or acute and associated only with a single image. The main advantages of this system are: 1) Automatic extraction of concepts from text associated with image, 2) Robust search over all information associated with images, 3) Hierarchical storage system that allows for information to be stored at different levels of the patient interaction, and 4) A web-based interface that allows for use of local or remote image collections. A screenshot of the system has been included."

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:15:05 -0400



Jeff Welser Keynotes SRII 2015

Jeff Welser, Director of IBM Research - Almaden lab, delivered a keynote at the Service Research and Innovation Institute 2015 Conference (8 June 2015 in San Jose, CA) in a session titled "Summarize action plan for 'Innovating Digital Global Economy'".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:36:35 -0400



Podcast - Using Nanotech and the Human Body to Power Gadgets

Thermoelectric energy has served us well since 1821 when Thomas Johann Seebeck found that a thermal gradient between two different conductors produces voltage. In this episode of Inside IBM Research, IBM Research - Zurich researcher Sigi Karg talks about how he and his colleagues are now using nanotechnology to make thermoelectric energy efficient enough to power medical devices and wearable gadgets.

 


 

This is the 100th post in the IBM Research Computer Science Blog.  I want to thank all of the people who have read the blog.  Special thanks to John Richards and Cal Swart who created the underlying blog tool, along with Rodric Rabbah and Mark Wegman who made the IBM Researcher website possible.

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:06:28 -0400



Moshe Vardi receives honorary doctorate

Congratulations to Professor Moshe Vardi, Rice University and an IBM Research alumnus, who has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  Moshe was recognized for his “exceptional contributions, influence and worldwide research leadership in computer science,” and singles out his research in logical theory of databases, reasoning about knowledge, the automata-theoretic approach to program verification and finite model theory.”

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:55:21 -0400



Laura Haas receives the 2015 SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award

Dr. Laura Haas, IBM Research - Almaden, is the recipient of the 2015 Edgar F. Codd Innovation Award for pioneering innovations in the integration of multiple, heterogeneous data sources.  

The award is given for innovative and highly significant contributions of enduring value to the development, understanding, or use of database systems and databases. Until 2003, this award was known as the "SIGMOD Innovations Award."

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:50:00 -0400



Grady Booch Podcast: Then A Miracle Occurs

Grady Booch's IEEE Computer Society "On Computing" podcast was posted 9 June 2015. Grady "discusses how developing software-intensive systems is like many other things, but it's also like no other thing. And for the general public, how software is made remains a mystery."

posted by Brent Hailpern on Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:27:39 -0400



Program Chair CoDS 2015

Indrajit Bhattacharya, IBM Research - India, served as Program co-Chair of the 2nd IKDD Conference on Data Science.  The conference was held 18-21 March 2015 in Bangalore, India.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 08 Jun 2015 17:30:54 -0400



Best Paper Award at IEEE/ACM CCGrid 2015

Yuzhe Tang (Syracuse University), Arun Iyengar (IBM Watson), Wei Tan (IBM Watson), Liana Fong (IBM Watson), Ling Liu (Georgia Tech), Balaji Palanisamy (University of Pittsburgh) received the Best Paper Winner Award for their paper entitled “Deferred Lightweight Indexing for Log-Structured Key-Value Stores” at the 15th IEEE/ACM  International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing.  The conference was held 4-7 May 2015 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 08 Jun 2015 17:13:15 -0400



Podcast - Containing Ebola With Mathematical Modeling

When the Ebola virus looked as if it might run rampant across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, many groups at IBM sprang into action. One was a team of Almaden-based researchers working primarily on a pet food safety project with Mars Incorporated. The team organized a weekly Wednesday morning conference call in which some 40 organizations addressed ways to contain the spread of the disease until a cure could be found. In this episode of Inside IBM Research, Kun Hu, a researcher at IBM Almaden Research Center, talks about STEM, the Spatio-Temporal Epidemiological Modeler, a mathematical tool that lets researchers simulate the evolution of highly contagious diseases such as Ebola with the goal of understanding them — and, ideally, preventing their spread altogether.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 01 Jun 2015 18:33:50 -0400



Jan Camenisch keynotes EIC 2015

Jan Camenisch, IBM Research - Zurich, keynoted the 2015 Euorpean Identity & Cloud Conference, held 5-8 May 2015 in Munich Germany.  The title of his talk was "Cryptography for the People".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 21 May 2015 17:31:29 -0400



Nimrod Megiddo keynotes ORSIS 2015

Nimrod Megiddo, IBM Research - Almaden, presented the Naor Plenary Lecture at the Operations Research Society of Israel 2015 Conference.  The title of his talk was "The State of the Art of the Theory of Linear Programming".  The conference took place 10-11 May 2015 in Haifa, Israel.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 21 May 2015 16:50:38 -0400



Casey Dugan named one of 2015 Women to Watch in Science and Technology

Casey Dugan of the IBM Thomas J Watson Resarch Center (Cambridge, MA) has been named one of the recipients of the Boston Business Journal 2015 Women to Watch in Science and Technology award. Each year the Boston Business Journal names 20 women to be honorees, women considered to be influential leaders and mentors in the community. As they say in the announcement, "women who shape the future of their industries."

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 14 May 2015 13:06:43 -0400



Laura Haas elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Congratulations to Laura Haas, IBM Fellow at the IBM Research - Almaden lab, for being elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Laura was among 197 new members, inlcuding "some of the world's most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, business, and philanthropic leaders."

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 14 May 2015 12:52:50 -0400



Podcast - A Career in Uniting Theory and Practice

What does it take to become an IBM Fellow? For one, it helps to win best paper awards year in and year out. But what does it take to do that?

IBM Fellow Ron Fagin believes he has cracked the code — and in this episode of Inside IBM Research, he is going to share his findings with us. In some ways, he says, it all started with Laura Haas, one of his colleagues at IBM Almaden and now herself an IBM Fellow and founder of the IBM Research Accelerated Discovery Lab.

Series: Inside IBM Research

Host: Barbara Finkelstein

Producer: Chris Nay

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 30 Apr 2015 13:32:32 -0400



Best Paper Award ICST2015

Congratulations to Simon Holm Jensen (Samsung Research), Suresh Thummalapenta (Microsoft), Saurabh Sinha (IBM Research - India) and Satish Chandra (Samsung Research) for receiving the best paper award at the 8th IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification, and Validation.  Their paper was titled "Test Generation from Business Rules".  ICST was held 13-17 April 2015 in Graz, Austria.

Satish Chandra and Suresh Thummalapenta are IBM Research Alumni.

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:20:40 -0400



More conferences and workshops being led by IBM Researchers

IBM Researchers have chaired or will chair the following four 2015 conferences:

Joefon Jann and Jose Moreira, both of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, were the general co-chairs of PPAA 2015 - the Parallel Programming for Analytics Applications Workshop, held 7-11 February 2015 in San Francisco, CA, USA.

Alexandre Rademaker of IBM Research - Brazil will be the program chair for STIL 2015 - the Symposium in Information and Human Language Technology to be held 4-7 November 2015 in Natal, RN, Brazil.

Charu Aggarwal of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, will be the program co-chair of ICDM 2015 - the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining to be held 14-17 November 2015 in Atlantic City, NJ, USA.  Charu will also be a program co-chair of CIKM 2015 - the ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management to be held 19-23 October 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:58:18 -0400



Krishna Palem wins Guggenheim Fellowship

Congratulations to IBM Research alumnus, Krishna Palem, now of Rice University, who was one of only two computer scientists to be named as a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:28:47 -0400



Best Paper Award COMSNETS 2015

Congratulations to Uma Devi, Munish Goyal, Mukundan Madhavan, Ravi Kokku, and Dilip Krishnaswamy, all of IBM Research - India, for winning the Best Paper Award at the 7th International Conference on Communication Systems and Networks, which was held during January 2015 in Bangalore, India.  The title of their paper was "SERA: A Hybrid Scheduling Framework for M2M Transmission in Cellular Networks".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:01:36 -0400



Grady Booch Podcast: Anarchy and Order

Grady Booch's IEEE Computer Society "On Computing" podcast was posted 3 April 2015.  Grady "discusses how computing amplifies the actions of governments, but can also temper its behavior by enabling mechanisms for private communication as well as for open and transparent communication by the people of a nation. Similarly, governments can help focus the artifacts of computing to the health and happiness of its citizens, but temper it as well."

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 07 Apr 2015 16:49:56 -0400



Podcast - Cool Microservers Power Cosmology Big Data Project

“Big” takes on special meaning when you are talking about the Epoch of Reionization. Astronomers look to this time span a few hundred million years ago to ponder fundamental questions regarding cosmology and evolution. Now a collaboration involving IBM Research, The Netherlands’ ASTRON and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will make possible the collection and big data analysis of radio signals from deep space.

In this episode of Inside IBM Research, Matteo Cossale, a nanotechnology engineer in our Zurich lab, and a demonstrator at CeBIT 2015 in Hanover, Germany, talks about the role he and his team played in designing the microservers that will power the SKA-funded radio telescope.

Also: The Impossible MicroServer [YouTube] www.youtube.com/watch?v=N638UXr2pC0

Host: Barbara Finkelstein

Producer: Kristina O'Regan

Music: "Happy Alley" by Kevin MacLeod

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:21:48 -0400



2015 SIAM Fellows

Charu Aggarwal, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, and Moshe Vardi (IBM Research alumnus) were elected as 2015 Fellows of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.  Charu was recognized "For contributions to knowledge discovery and data mining algorithms".  Moshe was recognized "For contributions to the development of logic as a unifying foundational framework and a tool for modeling computational systems".

"SIAM designates as Fellows of the Society certain members who have made outstanding contributions to fields served by SIAM. Research excellence is one criterion for selection but it is not meant to be the only one. The Fellows program is also intended to recognize excellence in industrial work (that might or might not involve traditional research), excellence in educational activities that reach a broad audience, or other forms of excellence directly related to the goals of SIAM."

Congratulations to all the new SIAM Fellows.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:09:36 -0400



Test of Time Award ACM SIGSAC CCS 2014

Ernest F. Brickell (Intel), Jan Camenisch (IBM Research - Zurich), and Liqun Chen (HP Labs) were recognized with a Test of Time Award by the ACM Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control for their paper "Direct anonymous Attestation"  It orignially appeared in the Proceedings of the 11th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, CCS 2004, Washington, DC, USA, October 27-30, 2003. ACM 2004.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:36:01 -0400



Co-chair IEEE Services 2015

Dr. Rong Chang, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center will be the General co-Chair of the IEEE 11th World Congress on Services (27 June - 2 July 2015) in New York.  Also co-chairing the meeting is IBM Research Alumnus Ephraim Feig.

The meeting aims to serve as a federation to host the following five theme topic conferences to explore the deep knowledge space of Services Computing:

  • The 2015 IEEE 8th International Conference on Cloud Computing (CLOUD 2015)  
  • The 2015 IEEE 22nd International Conference on Web Services (ICWS 2015)
  • The 2015 IEEE 12th International Conference on Services Computing (SCC 2015)
  • The 2015 IEEE 4th International Conference on Mobile Services (MS 2015)  
  • The 2015 International Congress on Big Data (BigDataCongress 2015) 
posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:46:34 -0400



Invited talk at AAAI-15

Dr. Meinolf Sellmann of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center presented an invited talk at the Twenty-Ninth AAAI conference in Austin, Texas (January 2015).  The title of the talk was "Intelligent Decisions".

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:17:54 -0400



IBM Researchers co-chair IEEE Big Data 2015

Dr. Laura Haas, IBM Fellow and Director of the Accelerated Discovery Lab at IBM Research - Almaden will be the conference co-chair the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (29 October - 1 November 2015) in Santa Clara, CA.

Dr. Howard Ho, also of IBM Research - Almaden, will be a program co-chair for the conference.

The IEEE Big Data Conference provides "a leading forum for disseminating the latest research in Big Data Research, Development, and Applications. We solicit high-quality original research papers (including significant work-in-progress) in any aspect of Big Data with emphasis on 5Vs (Volume, Velocity, Variety, Value and Veracity) relevant to variety of data (scientific and engineering, social, sensor/IoT/IoE, and multimedia-audio, video, image, etc) that contribute to the Big Data challenges."

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00:38:40 -0400



New Fellow - Indian National Academy of Engineering

Congratulations to Dr. Ravi Kothari, Distinguished Engineer from IBM Research - India, who has been elected to the 2015 class of Fellows of the INAE.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 09 Mar 2015 23:17:02 -0400



Podcast - Identity Mixer: Letting The Right People Know Just Enough

The first major cyberattack of 2015 targeted a major U.S. health insurance provider. The hackers got hold of names, birthdays, social security numbers and personal addresses of an estimated 80 million people. The insurer and the FBI are trying to mitigate the damage and forestall future attacks.

But what if computer scientists could restrict and contain the sensitive data that retailers of all kinds get from you to verify your identity — before the hacker attacks?

In this episode of Inside IBM Research, Gregory Neven, a cryptographer in our Zurich lab, suggests that such an authorization mechanism is already being tested out with major organizations in Germany and Australia. Identity Mixer is an open source, cloud-based technology that encrypts, or securely encodes, your generic identity so that hackers cannot steal personal data — and websites will not have the near-impossible burden of protecting it.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Sun, 08 Mar 2015 21:49:58 -0400



Keynote at ICSE 2015

Grady Booch, IBM Fellow from IBM Research - Almaden, will keynote the 37th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2015) in Florence, Italy (20-22 May 2015).  The title of his talk will be "The Future of Software Engineering".

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Sun, 08 Mar 2015 21:38:24 -0400



Keynote at ACIconnect 2015

Joanna Batstone, VP and Lab Director, IBM Research-Austraila, will give they keynote at the ACIconnect conference 12-13 August 2015 (Sydney Olympic Park).   Her talk is entitled "Smarter analytics – predictive asset optimisation and your industry".

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Sun, 08 Mar 2015 21:28:19 -0400



Grady Booch: All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

Grady Booch's IEEE Computer Society "On Computing" podcast published 9 February 2015, "in which he discusses how we must come to grips with a number of practical and ethical conundrums as machines of our own creation become our companions, helpmates, and servants."

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:43:16 -0500



David Grove to chair both PPoPP 2015 and PLDI 2015

David Grove, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center is the Program Chair for the 20th ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming (February 2015 in San Francisco, California) and will be the Conference Chair for the 36th annual ACM SIGPLAN conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation (June 2015 in Portland, Oregon).

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 10 Feb 2015 18:48:27 -0500



Keynote at PPoPP 2015

Dharmendra Modha, IBM Fellow at IBM Research - Almaden gave a keynote entitled "A New Architecture for Brain-inspired Computing" at 20th ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming, 10 February 2015, at San Francisco, CA. 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 10 Feb 2015 18:36:43 -0500



Keynote at SPIE 2015

Stefan Harrer, IBM Research - Australia, will deliver a keynote address at the SPIE Microtechnologies 2015 Conference in Barcelona, Spain (4–6 May 2015). The title of his talk will be "AND THE NEXT BIG THING IS...THE FUTURE OF PERSONALIZED MEDICINE".  Stefan is currently the Lead of BioNanotechnology, Research for IBM Research - Australia, Science Technical Assistant to the Lab Director, and also an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne.

 

 

 

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:26:30 -0500



Best Paper Award at ICDT 2015

Congratulations to Douglas Burdick, Ronald Fagin, Phokion Kolaitis, Lucian Popa and Wang-Chiew Tan (IBM Research - Almaden and UC Santa Cruz) who have received the 2015 best paper award from the 18th International Conference on Database Theory (to be held 23-27 March 2015 in Brussels, Belgium) for their work "A Declarative Framework for Linking Entities".

This is the fourth ICDT Best Paper Award for Almaden researchers in the last seven years (2009, 2010, 2013, and 2015).

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 06 Jan 2015 19:06:22 -0500



Chair 2014 Winter Simulation Conference

Congratulations to Steve Buckley, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, who was the General Chair of the INFORMS Winter Simulation Conference 2014, Savannah, GA.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 05 Jan 2015 17:49:19 -0500



Costas Bekas to Keynote PPAM 2015

Congratulations to Costas Bekas, IBM Research - Zurich, who has been selected to deliver a keynote at the 11th International Conference on Parallel Processing and Applied Mathematics, to be held 6-9 September 2015 in Krakow, Poland.  The PPAM 2015 conference will cover topics in parallel and distributed computing, including theory and applications, as well as applied mathematics. The focus will be on models, algorithms, and software tools which facilitate efficient and convenient utilization of modern parallel and distributed computing architectures, as well as on large-scale applications, including big data problems.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:00:42 -0500



Grady Booch: Of Boilers, Bit, and Bots

Grady Booch's IEEE Computer Society "On Computing" podcast published 11 December 2014, "in which he discusses how parallels exist between the Industrial Revolution and our current computing revolution regarding risk, transparency, and responsibility."

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:50:31 -0500



IBM Researchers elected as ACM Distinguished Scientists

Congratulations to Tamiya Onodera (IBM Research-Tokyo), Nitendra Rajput (IBM Research-India), Mike Spreizer (IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center), and Biplav Srivastava (IBM Research-India) who were elected to the 2014 class of ACM Distinguished Scientists. The ACM Distinguished Member program can recognize the top 10 percent of ACM worldwide membership based on professional experience as well as significant achievements in the computing field. ACM President Alexander Wolf hailed these ACM members as "drivers of the advances and inventions that are propelling the information revolution in new directions. Their creativity and commitment to their craft ensures that we will benefit as a society in the digital age." He added that these innovators "demonstrate the advantages of ACM membership, which empowers and inspires a bold vision for advancing computing and the computing community."

Congratulations to these 4 IBMers and all the new ACM Distinguished Members.

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 04 Dec 2014 13:41:25 -0500



IBM Researchers elected as IEEE Fellows

Congratulations to Christian Cachin (IBM Research - Zurich), Murthy Devarakonda, Jianying Hu, Mahesh Viswanathan, and Yurii Vlasov (IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center) who were elected to the 2015 class of IEEE Fellows.  "IEEE Fellow" is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation. The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year does not exceed one-tenth of one percent of the total voting Institute membership.

The citations for our IBM Research colleagues were:

Christian Cachin - for contributions to steganography and secure distributed systems

Murthy Devarakonda - for contributions to measurement-based analytics of distributed systems for data center optimization

Jianying Hu - for contributions to pattern recognition in business and health analytics, and document analysis

Mahesh Viswanathan - for contributions to ubiquitous access to cloud computing and to vehicular speech communications

Yurii Vlasov - for contributions to silicon-integrated nanophotonics

 
Two other IBMers also were elected as IEEE Fellows: Jason Baumgartner and Wiren Becker.  Congratulations to them and all the new IEEE Fellows.
 
posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 03 Dec 2014 13:12:57 -0500



Podcast: Keeping Data in the Neighborhood

In this episode of Inside IBM Research, Austin-based Fadi Gebara talks about the OpenPower Foundation whereby IBM and its partners are bringing the data-centric paradigm to scientific, engineering and national security data projects at the Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:00:32 -0500



Best paper at FSE 2014

Congratulations to Annie T.T. Ying and Martin P. Robillard of McGill University, Canada for winning the Distinguished Paper Award at the 22nd ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Foundations of Software Engineering in Hong Kong (16-21 November 2014).  Annie Ying was member of the research staff at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center before going to McGill to pursue her PhD.  Their paper was titled "Selection and Presentation Practices for Code Example Summarization".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:24:55 -0500



Grady Booch podcast - The Persistence of Memory

IBM Research's Grady Booch writes a regular column for IEEE Software called "On Computing".  Here is his latest podcast:  The Persistence of Memory.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:48:32 -0500



Best Paper at ACM BuildSys 2014

Congratulations to Mohit Jain, Harshad Khadilkar, Neha Sengupta, and Zainul Charbiwala (IBM Research - India), Kushan U Tennakoon and Rodzay bin Haji Abdul Wahab (Institute for Biodiversity & Environmental Research, UBD), Liyanage Chandratilak De Silva (Universiti Brunei Darussalam), and Deva P. Seetharam (IBM Research - India) who received the Best Paper Award at ACM BuildSys 2014 in Memphis, TN (5-6 November 2014).  The title of their paper was "Collaborative Energy Conservation in a Microgrid".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:54:15 -0500



Keynote at NYU Shanghai Symposium on Data Science and Applications

Xiaowei SHEN, IBM Research - China, will present a keynote at the NYU Shanghai Symposium on Data Science and Applications, 21-22 November 2014.  The title of his talk is "Big Data and Cognitive Computing Enable Next-generation Industry Solutions".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:37:39 -0500



David Ungar wins Most Influential Paper Award at SPLASH/OOPSLA 2014

David Ungar, IBM Research - Almaden, and Gilad Bracha (now at Google) recieved the 2014 Most Influential OOPSLA Paper Award for their 2004 paper "Mirrors: Design Principles for Meta-level Facilities of Object-Oriented Programming Languages" at the 2014 ACM SIGPLAN OOPSLA/SPLASH conference.   From the award citation: the "paper describes a novel approach to reflection in object-oriented API design, in which reflection is broken off into a modular meta-level capability instead of being baked into the functionality of base-level classes. Mirrors have had a strong influence on subsequent designs for reflection capabilities, extensibility in support of domain-specific languages, and metacircular virtual machines. They are at the foundation of reflection libraries in Scala and Dart, as well as the Java Debugger Interface (JDI) design, which offers reflective control of Java VMs. As for the paper itself, the committee felt it was a prime representative of the strengths of OOPSLA in delivering important and influential ideas with clarity and simplicity."

Ungar has won this award once before for his paper "Self: The Power of Simplicity" with Randall Smith, which was one of the 3 most significant OOPSLA papers for the years 1986-1996.

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:06:15 -0500



Nimrod Megiddo wins INFORMS John von Neumann Theory Prize

Congratulations to Nimrod Megiddo, IBM Research - Almaden, who was recently awarded the John von Neumann Theory Prize by INFORMS.  The citation for the award states "...Nimrod Megiddo has made fundamental contributions across a broad range of areas of operations research and management science, most notably in linear programming, combinatorial optimization, and algorithmic game theory. His work has been highly influential, in both identifying key concepts and in developing new algorithmic approaches for fundamental problems."

posted by Brent Hailpern on Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:44:53 -0500



Keynote: Joint Research Conference, American Statistical Association

Dr. Bonnie Ray, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, presented the plenary talk at the 2014 Joint Research Conference of the ASA, Seattle (24-26 June 2014).  The tile of her talk was "Quality and Reliability Analysis in the Era of Big Data".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 11 Nov 2014 19:30:25 -0500



Best In Use Paper at ISWC 2014

Congratulations to Freddy Lecue, Robert Tucker, Simone Tallevi-Diotallevi, Rahul Nair, Yiannis Gkoufas, Giuseppe Liguori, Mauro Borioni, Alexandre Rademaker and Luciano Barbosa (IBM Research - Dublin, IBM Research - Brazil) for receiving the Best "in use" paper award at the 13th International Semantic Web Confernce (ISWC 2014), 19-23 October 2014 in Trentino, Italy, for their paper "Semantic Traffic Diagnosis with STAR-CITY: Architecture and Lessons Learned from Deployment in Dublin, Bologna, Miami and Rio".

Our colleague, Prabhakar Raghavan, ex-IBM Research, now with Google, gave a keynote titled "Web Search - From The Noun to the Verb".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:00:44 -0500



Keynotes at ICCD 2014 and ISPA 2014

Peter Hofstee, IBM Research - Austin, has recently keynoted two major conferences:  The 32nd IEEE International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD 2014) in Seoul, Korea and the 12th IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing with Applications (ISPA 2014) in Milan, Italy.  Peter's keynote at ICCD 2014 was titled "Exploring models of computation and the consequences for systems for Big Data".  His keynote at ISPA 2014 was titled "Dealing with a World of Data: A Systems Perspective". 

Also keynoting ISPA 2014 was Fabrizio Petrini, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, speaking on "Real-time Graph Exploration on Large-scale Distributed Memory Machines".

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:36:39 -0500



Keynote at AMECSE 2014

Dr. Biplav Srivastava, IBM Research - India, gave the opening keynote at the 1st Africa and Middle East Conference on Software Engineering (AMECSE 2014) in Cairo, Egypt - 21-22 October, 2014.  The title of his talk was "Big, Open, Data and Semantics for Real-World Application Near You".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:05:54 -0500



Keynotes at ACM Compute 2014

Dr. Sriram Raghavan and Dr. Yogish Sabharwal, IBM Research - India, gave two keynotes at ACM India's Compute 2014 conference.  The conference was held 9-11 October 2014 at VNIT Nagpur, Maharashtra, India.

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 05 Nov 2014 16:45:17 -0500



Keynote at SIGMOD/PODS 2015

Laura Haas, IBM Fellow at IBM Research - Almaden, has been selected to give a keynote at the 2015 ACM SIGMOD/PODS Conference, to be held in Melbourne, VIC, Australia on May 31 - June 4, 2015.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:42:05 -0500



Keynote at INCoS-2014

Paul Maglio, IBM Research - Almaden, gave a keynote at the Sixth Annual Conference on Intelligent Networking and Collaborative Systems, Salerno, Italy, 10-12 September 2014.  The title of his talk was "A Service Science Perspective on Big Data and Business Model Evolution"

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:25:59 -0500



Bonnie John will keynote 13th Mexican International Conference on Artificial Intelligence

Bonnie John, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, will kenote the 13th Mexican International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico (16-22 November 2014).  The title of her talk is "The User Experience of Cognitive Systems".

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:48:41 -0400



Jin Xiao will be Technical Program Committee co-Chair of IEEE/IFIP IM 2015

Congratulations on Jin Xiao of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, who will be co-Chair of the Technical Program Committee for IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network management (IM 2015), which will take place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada during 11-15 May 2015.

This year’s conference theme, "Integrated Management in the Age of Big Data” will examine the potential of Big Data to improve the quality of management in a number of areas, including: Network Management, Service Management, & Business Management, as well as in management approaches and methodologies.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:09:45 -0400



General co-Chair and Program Committee co-Chair for ACM Computing Frontiers 2015 Conference

Congratualtions to Valentina Salapura who will be General co-Chair and Hubertus Franke who will be Program Committee co-chair of the 2015 ACM Computings Frontiers Conference.  The conference seeks contributions that push the envelope in a wide range of computing topics, ranging from more traditional research in architecture and systems to new technologies and devices. They seek contributions on novel computing paradigms, computational models, algorithms, application paradigms, development environments, compilers, operating environments, computer architecture, hardware substrates, memory technologies and smarter life applications. 

The conference will take place May 18 - 21, 2015, in Ischia, Italy.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:53:24 -0400



Eliezer Dekel - General Chair of 3 conferences in the second half of 2014

Congratulations to Eleizer Dekel, IBM Research - Haifa, who has served (will serve) as the General Chair (or co-Chair) of the 7th ACM International Systems and Storage Conference (Systor2014), the International Conference of IoT as a Service (IoTaas), and the 2014 International Conference on Software Intelligence Technologies and Applications (SIT2014).

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:55:43 -0400



Best paper at DocEng 2014

Congratulations to Marina Danilevsky, IBM Research - Almaden, and her colleagues from HP Labs who received the Best Paper Award at DocEng 2014 conference for their paper "Truncation: All the News that Fits We’ll Print".

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:17:24 -0400



IBM Researchers at Insight 2014 Conference

IBM Researchers from around the world will be attending, presenting at, and demoing to the IBM Insight 2014 Conference, Las Vegas, NV - 26-30 October 2014.  Please join us at one of our talks and at the IBM Research demos on the Expo floor.

Sunday, Oct. 26:

DEV-7192A: Sunday dev@Insight Ignite Talks: Open Source Analytics: Swift Gets A Spark!
( 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. )

DEV-7193A: dev@Luminary: The Future of Data and Analytics - Today 
( 5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. )

Monday, Oct. 27:

FMS-6943A: Engagement Analytics: Putting People at the Center of your Analytics Strategy
( 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. )

IIH-7067A: Curating Open Data for Financial Modeling
( 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. )

TSB-5177A: Creating Systems of Insight - A Global Technology Outlook by IBM Research
( 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. )

Tuesday, Oct. 28:

BBS-7066A: Cognitive Systems for Automated IT Support
( 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. )

EDI-4880A: Developing Mobile Applications for IBM Datacap
( 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. )

ECA-7068A: IBM Research Grand Challenges in Content Analytics
( 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. )

Wednesday, Oct. 29:

IIH-6878A: Big R In-Hadoop Analytics and Large-Scale Machine Learning
( 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. )

TMA-7163A: Operational Effectiveness and Predictive Maintenance Analytics Driven by IBM PMQ
( 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. )

ECA-7069A: Indexing and Searching Multi Modal Video Content in ECM
( 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. )

Thursday, Oct. 30:

ISA-6095A: Analyzing Social Media in Support of Law Enforcement, Intelligence, and Public Safety Use Cases
( 08:15 a.m. – 09:30 a.m. )

LCI-5454A: The Internet of Things and Geospatial Analytics Powered by InfoSphere Streams
( 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. )

IDB-5942A: Business Analytics at the Speed of Thought: Seven Best Practices to Deploy IBM DB2 BLU
( 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. )

 

Exhibit Floor Research Pedestals:

423-1: The evolution of Cognitive Computing

423-2: Big Data & Analytics: Extracting insight from massive data (From data to knowledge to insight)

423-3: Making Big Data & Analytics work for your industry (Researchers love hard problems to solve)

423-4: Big Data: It is much more than numbers & text (Revolutionizing graph & multimedia analytics) 

 

The Expo Comes to You (at IBM Insight 2014)
Where: Mandalay Bay, North Convention Center, Islander A,
When: Monday, October 27, 1:00pm-2:45pm 

 

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:28:08 -0400



Grady Booch - The Limits of Big Data - 21 October 2014 - IEEE Computer Society

RT: “@BigDataRockStar: Don't miss @Grady_Booch of @IBMResearch speaking on The Limits of Big Data at #RSBDA at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow. http://t.co/qYwWGyOYoe”

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:10:46 -0400



Ebola Open Data Jam - Podcast with IBM Fellow Saska Mojsilovic

The current Ebola outbreak almost defies understanding. It has struck otherwise healthy individuals with a host of terrible symptoms. As of October 2014, Ebola has infected some 9,000 people, mostly in western Africa. Half have died. No cure exists.

What does exist is data related to the disease. A good deal of it resides in open data sets — content anyone can access without concern for copyright or patent infringement. Indeed, open data holds out hope to data scientists who want to help stem transmission rates, target resources in affected countries — and even contribute to a cure.

In this episode of Inside IBM Research, IBM Fellow Saska Mojsilovic talks about the first steps she and her colleagues at IBM are taking with the Ebola Open Data Jam and a crowdsourcing project called MapGive to create “data maps” that could help public health teams contain the spread of the disease.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:44:36 -0400



Ebola Open Data Jam in NYC (Oct. 18-19) to mobilize the Data Science community and find ways to help fight Ebola

The Ebola infection rate is growing faster than organizational efforts to combat it. At current rates of growth, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people worldwide will be infected over the next six months.

There is still time to make difference. Aid groups around the world are working over time to bring resources to combat the epidemic in West Africa. Many are publishing Open Data about the disease and their efforts but no on has the time or resource to bring all this data together for analytics and discovery.

We are stepping forward to do that. Working with IBM Research, the US State Department, NASA, many Aid Organizations, and the amazing NYC Tech Community, we're organizing an Ebola Open Data Jam in NYC on October 18th at 156 5th Avenue (North West corner of 5th & 20th Street), to bring Data Science to the fight against Ebola.

The event is designed to accomplish two goals.

1. Help MapGive work on the Ebola Mapping project. This is a crowdsourcing Mapping operation: http://mapgive.state.gov/

2. Inventory all possible Ebola Open Data Resources that can be collected in a portal and brainstorm analytic purposes and options. We are setting up an Ebola Open Data Repository on Softlayer to provide a common free and open resource to aggregate/federate/collect Open Data related to Ebola.

We've arranged the venue and announced a Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Africa-Open-Data/events/211518232/ This will be a full day (9am-3pm) workshop. We have a terrific meeting space. Please register at the meetup site to participate. We need all the best minds the CS community can spare. There is still time to bring the best Open Data together, use Analytics to help aid workers focus their resources, make a difference and save lives. Please give us a few hours of your Saturday. Thank you.

Contact: Steve Adler (adler1 [at] us [dot] ibm [dot] com)

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Sun, 12 Oct 2014 21:59:49 -0400



Onn Shehory delivered keynote at AutoSoft 2014

Dr. Onn Shehory (IBM Research - Haifa) gave a keynote at the 5th Workshop on Autonomous Software Systems at CBSoft (28 September 2014) at Maceió - Alagoas, Brazil.  The title of presentation was "Software Self-Healing: Improving the Quality of Complex Software Systems".

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:20:05 -0400



Juerg von Kaenel to keynote ACIS 2014

Dr. Jürg von Känel (IBM Research - Australia) will keynote the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2014) - to be held 8-10 December 2014 in Auckland, NZ.  His talk is entitled "Cognitive Computing - The 3rd Era of Computing". 

Jürg is also a master puzzle inventor.

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 07 Oct 2014 16:31:17 -0400



Keynotes at IEEE ICACCI 2014

Peter Mueller (IBM Reseearch - Zurich), Michael Steiner (IBM Research - Watson), and Dilip Krishnaswamy (IBM Research - India) gave plenary talks at the 2014 IEEE Conference on Advances in Computing, Communications, and Informatics (ICACCI).   Dr. Mueller spoke on "Enabling Technology for Quantum Computing".  Dr. Steiner's plenary was entitled "Searchable Encryption for the Real World: Theory and Practice".  Dr. Krishnaswamy gave his talk on "Network Functions Virtualization Research - Emerging Directions".

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:19:16 -0400



2014 Best Paper at Hot Data Workshop

Congratulations to Yue Zhang (IBM Research - China), Kai Zheng (IBM Research - China), Chengchen Hu (Xi'an Jiaotong University), Kai Chen (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Yi Wang (Tsinghua University) and Athanasios Vasilakos (Greece National Technical University of Athens) for their paper "CoSwitch: A Cooperative Switching Design for Software Defined Data Center Networking", which won the best paper award at the HotData workshop, in conjunciton with ICCCN 2014, in Shanghai (August 2014).

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 07 Oct 2014 10:56:17 -0400



2013 IBM Research Best Papers Focus on Security, Graphene Nanostructures, Big Data, and Machine Learning

More than 110 papers in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mathematical Sciences published in refereed conference proceedings and journals in 2013 were submitted by IBM Research authors worldwide in the Pat Goldberg Memorial 2013 Best Paper in CS, EE and Math Competition.

As usual, the overall quality of the papers was extremely high. From these submissions, a team of domain experts nominated 32 papers based on technical significance (depth and breadth) and expected impact on their professional communities or their applications.

A committee consisting of top scientists from the various IBM Research labs (Venkat Chakravarthy, Sudhir Gowda, Ehud Karnin, Phokion Kolaitis, Claudio Pinhanez, Baruch Schieber, Koichi Takeda, Olivier Verscheure, Hagen Voelzer), chaired by Steve Lavenberg, and co-chaired Dilip Krishnaswamy, reviewed the nominated papers and selected the four as winners of the Pat Goldberg Memorial 2013 Best Paper Awards.

Please join with me in congratulating the winners! The winners in alphabetical order are:

 

Paper title: Candidate Multilinear Maps from Ideal Lattices

Authors and affiliations: Sanjam Garg (UC Berkeley), Craig Gentry, and Shai Halevi (IBM Research - Watson)

Name of journal or conference: Eurocrypt.

This paper received the best paper award at Eurocrypt 2013.

 

Paper title: Damping pathways of mid-infrared plasmons in graphene nanostructures

Authors and affiliations: Hugen Yan(1), Tony Low(1), Wenjuan Zhu(1), Yanqing Wu(1), Marcus Freitag(1), Xuesong Li(1), Francisco Guinea(2), Phaedon Avouris(1) and Fengnian Xia(1); 1 IBM Research - Watson, 2 Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC.

Name of journal or conference: Nature Photonics.

 

Paper title: Low Rank Approximation and Regression in Input Sparsity Time

Authors and affiliations: Kenneth L. Clarkson and David P. Woodruff (IBM Research - Almaden)

Name of journal or conference: Symposium on the Theory of Computing (STOC).

The paper has received the Best Paper award at ACM STOC 2013.

 

Paper title: Scalable Matrix-valued Kernel Learning for High-dimensional Nonlinear Multivariate Regression and Granger Causality

Authors and affiliations: Vikas Sindhwani (IBM Research - Watson), Ha Quang Minh (Istituto Italiano di Technologia (IIT), Genova, Italy), Aurelie Lozano (IBM Research - Watson)

Name of journal or conference: Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI).

This paper won the Best Paper Award at UAI 2013.

 

 

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:01:51 -0400



Sharath Pankanti, Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition

Congratulations to Sharathchandra Pankanti for being recognized as a new Fellow of the IAPR "for contributions to application of computer vision and pattern recognition technologies to video analytics, public safety and security".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:08:58 -0400



New Research Podcast: Volunteers and Algorithms Deliver Funds

Long-distance targeting: The words conjure up images of missiles and drones. But a collaboration involving IBM Research, a data science community called DataKind(TM), an NGO called GiveDirectly and a “data journalist” funded by the Knight Foundation got together in New York to deliver cash directly to extremely poor villagers in Kenya and Uganda. Armed only with computers, Google satellite images and an algorithm, the team ultimately facilitated the distribution of cash payments via mobile phone — and gave people a way to better their lives.

In this episode of Inside IBM Research, IBM’s Kush Varshney talks about the work he did with data journalist Brian Abelson, a crew of social innovators and twenty idealistic volunteers to target a problem half-way around the world.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:11:06 -0400



New Associate Editor ACM Transactions on Modeling and Performance Evaluation of Computing Systems

Congratulations to Mark Squillante who was recently appointed to the ACM TOMPECS editorial board.

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:29:59 -0400



2014 Informs Innovative Applications in Analytics Award

Prem Melville, Vijil Chenthamarakshan, Rick Lawrence (IBM Research), James Powell, Sharad Sapra (UNICEF Uganda), and Rajesh Anandan (US Fund for UNICEF, New York) received the 2014 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award from Informs for their work on "A SMS text classification system for UNICEF Uganda”.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:57:20 -0400



Craig Gentry named Macarthur Fellow

Congratulations to Craig Gentry, a member of the Cryptography Research Department at the IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center, who was named to the 2014 class of the Macarthur fellows.  He is cited as "fueling a revolution in cryptography and theoretical computer science through his elegant solutions to some of the discipline’s most challenging open problems."

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:26:13 -0400



Distinguished Paper at ECOOP 2014

Congratulations to Mandana VaziriOlivier TardieuRodric Rabbah, Philippe Suter, and Martin Hirzel for winning a distinguished paper award at ECOOP 2014 (European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming) for their paper "Stream Processing with a Spreadsheet".  The paper presents the design and implementation of an enhanced spreadsheet that enables visualizing live streams, live programming to compute new streams, and exporting computations to be run on a server where they can be shared with other users, and persisted beyond the life of the spreadsheet.

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:21:02 -0400



Umamaheswari Devi wins best paper award at RTCSA 2014

Umamaheswari Devi, of IBM Research - India, won the Best Paper Award for her paper "Optimal Semi-Partitioned Scheduling in Soft Real-Time Systems" at the 20th IEEE International Conference on Embedded and Real-Time Computing Systems and Applications (RTCSA 2014). This paper is a result of her collaboration with collegaues from the Department of Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This paper solved an open problem in "partitioned scheduling with migration" with a provably optimal algorithm.

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:17:16 -0400



Grady Booch's latest podcast "To Code or Not to Code"

IBM Research's Grady Booch writes a regular column for IEEE Software called "On Computing".  Here is his latest podcast: "To Code or Not to Code"

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:36:13 -0400



Paper co-authored by Simone Bianco highlighted by Cell News

The paper "Costs and Benefits of Mutational Robustness in RNA Viruses" co-authored by Simone Bianco, now at IBM Research - Almaden, was highlighted by Cell News.  The original work took place at UCSF.  Quoting the Cell News blog post: "The results point to additional complexity in robustness/adaptation trade-offs, and may yield insights into how to drive viral populations to extinction in the environment of a sick patient."

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:38:06 -0400



Matthias Kaiserswerth, Director of IBM Research-Zurich, Profiled by ACM

Matthias Kaiserswerth was profiled as part of the the "People of ACM" series (26 August 2014).  Matthias regularly writes in his blog "A day in the life as the director of IBM Research – Zurich".

Other IBM Researcher alumni who have been profiled by ACM this year include Vicki Hanson and Yoelle Maarek.

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:08:45 -0400



IBM Researchers presenting at Europar 2014

IBM Researchers will be presenting at the 20th International Conference of Parallel Processing (Europar 2014) a paper introducing a novel approach for extreme-scale look-ups in modern key-value store systems. The novelty and value of the approach lies in the way IBM Researchers and collaborators manage to leverage network reconfiguration techniques to decouple location awareness from data location look-up. The paper "Ultra-fast Load Balancing of Distributed Key-Value Stores through Network-assisted Lookups", authored by De Cesaris, Katrinis, Kotoulas and Corradi, will be presented on Friday, August 29th, 2014, as part of the Europar '14 main track. The work is in collaboration with University of Bologna, Italy.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:57:00 -0400



Tanuja Ganu, of IBM Research - India, named one of MIT's 2014 Innovators Under 35

"Using the small box plugged in between a wall socket and an appliance, Tanuja Ganu can tell you when the electric grid in India is likely to shut down. Sensors inside the device, called nPlug, detect the voltage and frequency of the incoming electricity; analyzing that data over time, the box can determine the periods of maximum power demand on the grid and predict when the need for power will exceed the supply. With that information, the box can schedule when to run water heaters and dishwashers to avert outages, allowing utilities to more easily meet peak demand." -- from the MIT Technology Review.

You can read an interview with Tanuja at the IBM Research News blog.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:15:40 -0400



IBM Researchers win distinguished paper award at ISSTA 2014

Omer Tripp, Pietro Ferrara, and Marco Pistoia received a Distinguished Paper Award at the ISSTA 2014 International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis.  The paper was titled "Hybrid Security Analysis of Web JavaScript Code via Dynamic Partial Evaluation".

Also at ISSTA 2014 was the paper "Robust Test Automation using Contextual Clues" by Rahulkrishna Yandrapally, Suresh Thummalapenta, Saurabh Sinha, and Satish Chandra (IBM Research, India; Microsoft, USA; Samsung Research, USA).

Andreas Kuehlmann, and IBM Research alumnus, gave an invited talk "Practical Aspects of Testing Your Code as You Develop It"

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:39:44 -0400



Kush Varshney wins Best Social Good Paper at KDD 2014

Kush R. Varshney of IBM Research along with Brian Abelson of Enigma and Joy Sun of GiveDirectly has been awarded the Best Social Good Paper at the 2014 ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining for the work entitled "Targeting Direct Cash Transfers to the Extremely Poor." Dr. Varshney conducted this project on a pro bono basis under the auspices of DataKind.

Kush will be presenting the paper on August 26 at 10:30 am in the NY Ballroom East of the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:22:19 -0400



IBM Researchers at KDD 2014

IBM Researchers will be presenting more than a dozen papers at the 2014 ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining coming up 24-27 August 2014 in New York City. The talks include:

  • Targeting Direct Cash Transfers to the Extremely Poor - Brian Abelson, Enigma; Kush R Varshney, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center; Joy Sun, GiveDirectly; 
  • FoodSIS: A Text Mining System to Improve the State of Food Safety in Singapore - Kiran Kate, IBM Research; Sneha Chaudhari, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA; Andy Prapanca, IBM Research; Jayant Kalagnanam, IBM Research;
  • Novel Geospatial Interpolation Analytics for General Meteorological Measurements - Bingsheng Wang, Virginia Tech; Jinjun Xiong, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center; 
  • Predicting Student Risks Through Longitudinal Analysis - Ashay Tamhane, IBM Research India; Shajith Ikbal, IBM Research India; Bikram Sengupta, IBM Research India; Mayuri Duggirala, Tata Research Development & Design Centre; James Appleton, Gwinnett County Public Schools;
  • Predicting Employee Expertise for Talent Management in the Enterprise - Kush R Varshney, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center; Vijil Chenthamarakshan, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center; Scott W Fancher, IBM Corporate Headquarters; Jun Wang, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center; Dongping Fang, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center; Aleksandra Mojsilovic, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center;
  • Automated Hypothesis Generation Based On Mining Scientific Literature - Scott Spangler, IBM Research; Angela D Wilkins, Baylor College of Medicine; Benjamin J Bachman, Baylor College of Medicine; Meena Nagarajan, IBM Research; Tajhal Dayaram, Baylor College of Medicine; Peter Haas, IBM Research; Sam Regenbogen, Baylor College of Medicine; Curtis R Pickering, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Austin Comer, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Jeffrey N Myers, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Ioana Stanoi, IBM Research; Linda Kato, IBM Research; Ana Lelescu, IBM Research; Jacques J Labrie, IBM Research; Neha Parikh, Baylor College of Medicine; Andreas Martin Lisewski, Baylor College of Medicine; Lawrence Donehower, Baylor College of Medicine; Ying Chen, IBM Research; Olivier Lichtarge, Baylor College of Medicine;
  • Unsupervised Learning of Disease Progression Models - Xiang Wang, IBM Research; David Sontag, New York University; Fei Wang, IBM Research;
  • Learning with Dual Heterogeneity: A Nonparametric Bayes Model - Hongxia Yang, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center; Jingrui He, School of Computing, Informatics, Decision Systems Engineering, Arizona State University;
  • FEMA: Flexible Evolutionary Multi-faceted Analysis for Dynamic Behavioral Pattern Discovery - Meng Jiang, Tsinghua University; Peng Cui, Tsinghua University; Fei Wang, IBM Watson Research Center; Xinran Xu, Tsinghua University; Wenwu Zhu, Tsinghua University; Shiqiang Yang, Tsinghua University;
  • Class-Distribution Regularized Consensus Maximization for Alleviating Overfitting in Model Combination - Sihong Xie, University of Illinois at Chicago; Jing Gao, University at Buffalo; Wei Fan, Huawei Noah's Ark Lab; Deepak Turaga, IBM T.J Watson Research; Philip S Yu, University of Illinois at Chicago;
  • The Setwise Stream Classification Problem - Charu C. Aggarwal, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center;
  • From Micro to Macro: Data Driven Phenotyping by Densification of Longitudinal Electronic Medical Records -  Jiayu Zhou, Arizona State University; Fei Wang, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center; Jianying Hu, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center; Jieping Ye, Arizona State University;
  • Clinical Risk Prediction with Multilinear Sparse Logistic Regression - Fei Wang, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center; Ping Zhang, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center; Buyue Qian, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center; Xiang Wang, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center; Ian Davidson, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center;
  • A Bayesian Framework for Estimating Properties of Network Diffusions - Varun R Embar, IBM India Research Lab; Rama Kumar Pasumarthi, IBM India Research Lab; Indrajit Bhattacharya, IBM India Research Lab;
  • Analyzing Expert Behaviors in Collaborative Networks - Huan Sun, University of California, Santa Barbara; Mudhakar Srivatsa, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center; Shulong Tan, University of California, Santa Barbara; Yang Li, University of California, Santa Barbara; Lance M Kaplan, U.S. Army Research Lab; Shu Tao, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center; Xifeng Yan, University of California, Santa Barbara;
  • Improved Testing of Low Rank Matrices - Yi Li, Max-Planck Institute for Informatics; Zhengyu Wang, Tsinghua University; David P Woodruff, IBM Almaden Research Center;
  • Quantifying Herding Effects in Crowd Wisdom - Ting Wang, IBM Research; Dashun Wang, IBM Research; Fei Wang, IBM Research;

 

 

 

 

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:36:59 -0400



IBM Research at Hot Chips 26

On August 12th 2014 at the Hot Chips 26 conference, IBM Researchers Raphael PoligKubilay Atasu, Christoph Hagleitner, et al. presented "Hardware-Accelerated Text Analytics".  There is also a related artcile "Giving Text Analytics a Boost" in IEEE Micro.

Also at Hot Chips, were two other IBM presentations "Unchaining the data center with Open Power: Reengineering a server ecosystem" by Michael Gschwind and "Performance Characteristics of the POWER8 Processor" by Alex Mericas.

There was also be a tutorial "Secure Systems Design" by IBM Research alumnus Leendert Van Doorn (now at AMD).

 

 

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:28:43 -0400



Subhash Khot of NYU wins 2014 Rolf Nevalnlinna Prize

Congratulations to Subhash Khot of the Courant Institute (and once upon a time, an intern at IBM Research) for being awarded the Rolf Nevalnlinna Prize for 2014 by the International Mathematical Union. Khot was recognized for the Unique Games Conjecture, which generated “new exciting interactions between computational complexity, analysis and geometry.” The Simon's Foundation describes the work: "Khot’s paper describing the Unique Games Conjecture appeared in 2002. The first hint of the conjecture’s power came a year later when Khot and Oded Regev, now of New York University, showed that if the conjecture is true, then it is possible to establish the exact approximation hardness of a problem about networks called Minimum Vertex Cover. Then, in 2004, Khot and three collaborators used the conjecture to produce an unexpected finding. They showed that if the conjecture is true, then the best known approximation algorithm for another network problem called Max Cut — an algorithm that many computer scientists had assumed was just a placeholder until they could find a better one — was truly the best possible"

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:49:03 -0400



IBM Research's Brain Chip

IBM Almaden researchers unveiled a powerful new postage-stamp size "neruosynaptic" chip delivering supercomputer performance using a process that mimics the human brain. The work was featured on the cover of Science.

 

Science cover featuring Almaden neurosynaptic chip

 

The technical paper is titled "A million spiking-neuron integrated circuit with a scalable communication network and interface"

IBM.COM has a high-level summary of the announcement and a great picture of Dharmendra Modha, IBM Fellow, holding a brain.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:34:02 -0400



IBM Research/CMU Olive Project - runner up in National Academy of Sciences Data Challenge

The Olive project, started in 2009 with an IBM Open Collaborative Research grant to CMU, was selected as a runner up in the National Academy of Sciences Data Challenge - Using Data for the Public Good. The prize money will add to the grants received from the Sloan Foundation and IMLS.org last year, and give additional momentum to the ambitious VM image curation effort that already includes a number of universities.

Olive already has a number of VM images of historically significant apps (e.g. Oregon Trail game, original Mac OS, Windows 3.1 running the first Turbo Tax, etc), and the technology to instantly "stream" these VMs to a public Cloud or local laptop has been open-sourced in Github.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:31:57 -0400



Best Student Paper at 2014 IEEE International Conference on Web Services

The paper "Time-Aware Service Recommendation for Mashup Creation in an Evolving Service Ecosystem" by Yang Zhong, Yushun Fan, Keman Huang, Wei Tan, Jia Zhang from IBM Research, Tshinghua University, and CMU won the Best Student Paper award at the 2014 IEEE Twenty First International Conference on Web Services (ICWS 2014).

 

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:27:22 -0400



IBM Research/Universitat de Lleida Team Wins Three Gold At 2014 MaxSAT Evaluation

The entry "AI for Optimization" developed by Carlos Ansótegui, Joel Gabàs, Yuri Malitsky, Meinolf Sellmann of IBM Research and the Universitat de Lleida won three Gold, one Silver, and three Bronze awards at this year's MaxSAT Evaluation.

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:04:43 -0400



Best Paper at ACM e-Energy 2014 Conference

Harshad Khadilkar, Tanuja Ganu, Zainul Chabiwala, Lim Chee Ming, Sathyajith Mathew, and Deva Seetharam of IBM Research - India and Universiti Brunei Darussalam won the Best Paper Award at the ACM e-Energy 2014 conference for their paper "Algorithms for Upgrading the Resolution of Aggregate Energy Meter Data".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:22:23 -0400



Best In-Use Paper at ESWC 2014

Freddy Lecue, Robert Tucker, Veli Bicer, Pierpaolo Tommasi, Simone Tallevi-Diotallevi and Marco Luca Sbodio of IBM Research - Dublin recently received the "Best In-Use Paper" award at ESWC 2014 for their paper "Predicting Severity of Road Traffic Congestion using Semantic Web Technologies".

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:06:46 -0400



Outstanding Application Paper Award at ICAPS 2014

Akshat Kumar, Sudhanshu Singh, Pranav Gupta, and Gyana Parija of IBM Research - India and UMass Amherst recently recieved the Outstanding Application Paper award for their paper "Near-Optimal Nonmyopic Contact Center Planning Using Dual Decomposition" at the ICAPS 2014 Conference.

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:39:25 -0400



New Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience

Congratulations to Stefan Harrer of IBM Research - Australia who was recently appointed Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience! 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:06:42 -0400



Web-Age Information Management 2014

IBM Researchers Hiroshi Horii, Miki Enoki and Tamiya Onodera have been recognized by the International Conference on Web-Age Information Management (WAIM) 2014 with the Best Paper Runner Up Award for their paper, "A Distributed Quorum System for Ensuring Bounded Staleness for Key-Value Stores".

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:48:34 -0400



2014 ACM SIGMETRICS Test of Time Award

Congratulations to Perry Cheng (IBM Research) and his co-authors, Steve Blackburn and Kathryn McKinley, who have been recognized with the 2014 ACM SIGMETRICS Test of Time Award for their 2004 SIGMETRICS paper entitled  “Myths and Realities: The Performance Impact of Garbage Collection”.    The award will be given out this week at SIGMETRICS 2014 in Austin Texas. The SIGMETRICS Test of Time Award recognizes an influential SIGMETRICS paper from 10-12 years ago.

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:26:45 -0400



Results of ACM India Council election

Two IBM Researchers, Mukesh Mohania and Mangala Gowri Nanda were elected as officers (treasurer and secretary) of the ACM India Council (2014-2016).  Both are members of the research staff at IBM Research - India.  

 

 

posted by Brent Hailpern on Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:17:12 -0400