Sean (J.) Wagner  Sean (J.) Wagner photo         

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Research Scientist - IBM Canada Research & Development Centre
Toronto, Canada


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Professional Associations:  IEEE


Sean Wagner is a research scientist with the IBM Canada Innovation Team. He earned his B.A.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Toronto. Sean specializes in high-performance computer hardware and architecture, hardware acceleration using programmable logic devices such as FPGAs, and data science and deep learning. Additionally, he has carried out research in photonics, nanofabrication, and communications systems. Dr. Wagner works with a number of academic collaborative partnerships in Canada, such as SOSCIP (, the Centre for Health Informatics and Analytics (CHIA) at Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador (, and DeepSense (, and with research institutes such as Mila - the Quebec AI Institute ( With research partners at these organizations and institutions, Dr. Wagner has helped with the development of numerous projects including real-time fMRI analysis for neuroscience applications, accelerating photodynamic cancer therapy planning software, and advancing  hardware acceleration technology for deep learning.