Kommy is a technology leader and innovator with broad concept-to-research-to-market experience acquired through numerous advanced technology research projects across systems, data and analytics ecosystems, artificial intelligence, supply chains, healthcare, climate change, and related areas. He is an inventor with over 250+ patents (in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchains, Internet of Things (IoT), and Security) and author with over 90 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and top conference proceedings and delivered a number of keynotes at international/scientific venues. Currently, he works as a Global Theme leader at IBM Research in Future of Climate division under the Impact Science research pillar, where he is responsible for technical strategy and common architecture for building tools and methodologies to enable seamless predictions of climate risks and extreme events across space and time and create technologies for risk and impact assessment to enable resilience and business continuity (such as, in supply chains, coastal/city infrastructure, financial services).
In past (still actively engaged), he has (co)led numerous research and engineering programs and contributed to new products in the trade logistics, agriculture, global health, small/medium-sized tech companies, and startups, personalized education space.
Examples of projects that I have (co-)led or involved in have been in the press:
- The Digital Future of Agriculture, The Economics
- IBM Africa and Hello Tractor pilot AI/blockchain agtech platform, TechCrunch
- IBM Launches Accelerator Program to Kickstart Blockchain Adoption for Enterprises, The Tech Revolutionist
- Blockchain: A Better Way to Track Pork Chops, Bonds, Bad Peanut Butter?, NYTimes
- How African Schools Are Using Cognitive Systems To Help Shape The Future Of Education, Forbes
- Do you want to learn, or pass exams? There is actually a difference, and this cool tech tries to achieve both, Mail Guardian Africa
Prior to joining IBM, he was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Computing, Queen's University (Canada) where he focused on designing tools and techniques for automated analysis, characterization, and detection of malicious activities on the Web. He was a Research Scientist (with a tenure-track title) at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Trento - Italy. At FBK, Kommy was involved in the development, evaluation and formal verification of security/safety-critical systems (such as Electronic Voting Systems). In addition, he was involved in the development of novel ways of using technology to foster economic and social development, often targeting areas characterized by low penetration of ICT. He was a contractual Professor at the University of Trento (Italy) and a visiting researcher in the Security Lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara CA (USA).
Kommy is an elected member of the Young Scientist World Economic Forum (2015), Fellow of the Next Einstein Forum (2016), won the Kifra Prize Award (2020), and IBM Master Inventor (2017 - present). He received a B.S. from Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), a M.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (India) and a Ph.D. from the University of Trento (Italy), all in Computer Science.