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VP, Director of IBM Research - Haifa
Haifa Research Lab, Haifa, Israel




I am an IBM vice president serving as the director of the IBM Research Lab in Haifa, Israel. My chief  responsibilities cover the strategy, research directions focus, and advancement of the research carried out by the lab workforce.

Indeed, IBM Research-Haifa employs researchers in a number of strategic areas, including artificial intelligence systems, mobile and IoT solutions, healthcare analytics, and computing as a service (including cloud, security, and quality technologies). I have helped set the company’s global strategy in these areas and encouraged the local adaptation of these strategies in Haifa. My colleagues and I have spearheaded IBM’s interaction with the local ecosystem, including academic and research institutes, global corporations with operations in Israel, and Israeli corporations with a global presence, as well as with VC-backed startups. We have also furthered the lab’s collaboration with academic and industry organizations outside Israel.

After I joined the lab as a researcher, my peers and I laid the foundation for advanced functions and copy services in storage. I co-authored the pioneering patents in this area, which helped IBM take breakthrough steps in the industry. The Haifa Research Lab still specializes in cloud storage and scalable cloud storage solutions.

I have also published other patents, including one for algorithms that perform linear sorting.

My bachelor’s and master’s degrees were done at the Technion. My studies in computer science focused on software specification and verification.

My personal philosophy: We can create great value across the planet through collaboration -- and together we can achieve far more than individually.

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