Komminist (Kommy) Weldemariam is a Research Scientist and Manager at IBM Research - 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 a 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 has co-authored more than 60 scientific articles and filed more than 65 inventions. He is involved in the organizing committee for various conferences/workshops in different capacities. Kommy 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. Recently, Kommy was named one of Africa's Most Influential Young Scientist, a Fellow of the Next Einstein Forum and honored as an Emerging Young Scientist at the World Economic Forum, 2015/2016.
Examples of projects that I have (co-)led or involved have been in the press:
- 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
- IBM and RTI in Kenya big data schools project, Communications Africa
- Au Kenya, les miracles high-tech du syst D, The Challenges