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Master Inventor, Research Staff Member, ACM Distinguished Member, ACM Distinguished Speaker
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA, 10598


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"The final reward for any researcher is to see his or her lifetime of work extend beyond academia and laboratories, into the mainstream of our global society where it can breathe hope into the world. " -- Prof. Ei-ichi Negishi, Nobel Banquet Speech, 2010.

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Ashish Kundu is a Master Inventor, and  Research Scientist in  Security Research at the IBM T J Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York. Dr. Kundu is  an ACM Distinguished Speaker, and a IEEE Senior Member. He is currently based out of IBM Almaden Research Center, California, USA (since Nov 2018). Dr. Kundu has led the Research efforts for Security and Compliance for IBM Watson Health.

Dr. Kundu received Ph.D. from Computer Science at Purdue University in 2010 and then he joined T J Watson. He has been affiliated with CERIAS.

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  • 80th patent granted: "Device Security Via Swipe Patterns" USPTO 10,185,817
  • Paper Accepted TheWebConf19 (aka WWW'19): "PrivIdEx: Privacy Preserving and Secure Exchange of Digital Identity Assets"
  • 79th patent granted: " Anonymization of traffic patterns over communication networks". USPTO #US9866532B2


  • "Blockchain Chip" a proposal in "Collaborative and Accountable Hardware Governance using Blockchain".
  • Guest Editorial IEEE Internet Computing Mar/Apr 2018:
  • Accepted at ICDCS'18
    • "A Trusted Health Care Data Analytics Cloud Platform"
  • Accepted at EDBT'18
    • "Research Directions in Blockchain Data Management and Analytics"
  • Accepted at IEEE ICDE
    • "Efficient and Scalable Integrity Verification of Data and Query Results for Graph Databases"


Research & Technical Interests:

Dr. Kundu's research interests are  in Security, Privacy, AI Ethics and Regulatory Compliance: "How to deliver holistic end-to-end security and compliance by weaving the fabrics of security, compliance and privacy with data, users and system together in an intelligent and cognitive manner".

The domains he is particularly interested are AI, Blockchain, cloud, mobile/IoT, and regulatory computing environments. He is also spending some of his cycles on AI ethics and testing the line that separates science and philosophy that drives ethics in terms of "security and trust" in intelligent machines.

Publications and Patents:

  • 110+ patents filed/filed, 80+ granted.
  • 30+  research publications .

Some of his primary contributions to the scientific community are the development of  leakage-free redactable signatures, discovery of security issues in programming languages, such as buffer overflows due to vulnerabilities in the “placement new” expression in C++, development of several cloud security and compliance techniques. During his research work, Ashish has established the areas of "privacy-preserving digital signatures, and data integrity techniques".


GCC released a patch based on the  paper on Placement new vulnerabilities in C++ [Kundu & Bertino, IEEE ICDCS'11].

Ashish's research work has directly and indirectly influenced several products and services. He is the security and compliance research lead for IBM Watson Health Cloud Platform. He has been the research lead for security and compliance for IBM Watson Genomics, and IBM Cognitive Learning for Education Cloud Platform. His prior work has also gone into IBM Hybrid Cloud offerings as well as to IBM Everyplace Access toolkit.


Selected Awards & Honors:

  • Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, 2018, IBM Research
  • ACM Distinguished Member, Nov 2017
  • IBM Master Inventor (Second time), IBM Research, 2017
  • ACM Distinguished Speaker, April 2017.
  • Star Alumnus, NIT Rourkela (Alumni Association), 2015
  • IBM Master Inventor, IBM Research, 2014 [Purdue story]
  • CERIAS Diamond Award, Purdue University,  2011
  • Top Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Computer Science, Purdue University,  2011