Jean Benoit Héroux joined IBM Research - Tokyo in 2008. His recent interests include the design and realization of brain-inspired devices for edge computing applications and IOT, as well as the application of machine intelligence for the fabrication of new materials. He has also been active in the field of Optical Interconnects for high performance computers, in particular the demonstration of new photonic modules for high speed, low power data transfer.
Originally from Canada, he completed his undergraduate and Master's degrees in Engineering Physics at the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University in 2002, where he worked on the development of photonic devices with dilute nitride (GaInNAs) heterostructures and other compound semiconductors. In 2003 he joined the Department of Applied Physics of the University of Tokyo, where he did research on the ultrafast optical characterization of dilute magnetic semiconductors and Terahertz technology before becoming an IBMer.