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Chalapathy Neti is currently the Vice President, IBM Watson Education.  In this role, he is responsible for developing and delivering innovative cognitive solutions to transform education, and taking them to market.

Prior to this role, he was  Director of Education Transformation, leading IBM’s global research to define and develop information technology innovations to transform education towards a more personalized, outcome-based and low-cost system.

From 2010-2012,  he was the Director and Global Leader, Healthcare Transformation, at IBM Research. In this role he co-led an IBM wide strategy to define IBM’s approach to healthcare transformation and led an orchestrated innovation effort across the worldwide team, culminating in the launch of foundational solutions like IBM Smarter Care soluion in 2012, laying the foundation for the launch of IBM Watson Health business unit (2015).

Prior to this role, he held a variety of senior management and technical positions in IBM Research and IBM business divisions:  Senior Manager of Information Analysis and Interaction (2005-2008) technologies, managing several research groups to develop text, image and video analysis technologies and its application to Bio-medical Informatics, Medical Imaging and Decision intelligence (e.g. Customer Intelligence, Fraud detection and Video Surveillance); CTO of IBM’s Digital Media business (2004) leading the development of Digital media management offerings; Manager of audio-visual speech technologies (2001-2003) to lead the development of rich media analysis (speech, audio and video) and mining. He has been with IBM since 1990.

Chalapathy Neti received his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University (1990), and B.S degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (1980). He has more than 28 years of advanced R&D, sales and consulting experience and has authored over 50 scientific publications and 25 patents in various fields related to bio-medical informatics, medical imaging, speech and video analysis, Computational Neuroscience and VLSI Design.

He was an active contributor to Institute of Medicine on Evidence-based Medicine and Learning Healthcare Systems. He was a co-organizer of the National Cancer Policy Forum/Institute of Medicine Workshop on “A Foundation for Evidence-Driven Practice: A Rapid Learning System for Cancer Care”(2009), and IOM workshop on “Improving the clinical data utility” (2009). He was a former member (2008-2010) of the Executive Review Board of MI3C (Medical Imaging Informatics Innovation Center – a collaboration between IBM and Mayo Clinic). He is an active contributor to the scientific discourse on the role of I/T in healthcare as a panelist/speaker including Health 2.0 (2011), NIH conference on “Advancing Rare Diseases Research” (2010) and the Congressional Panel on “How I/T is changing Medical Research” (2009). He represented IBM strategy in healthcare transformation through media interviews and social media presence ( He serves on the Editorial Board of IEEE Lifesciences Portal. He is a former member of IEEE Multimedia Signal Processing technical committee (2001-2004), an associate editor of IEEE transactions on Multimedia (2002-2005) and a guest editor for the IBM Systems Journal. He is currently a member of the IBM Academy of Technology (an association of the top IBM technical leaders)