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Academy of Technology LogoResearch Group Leader, Master Inventor, Member of IBM Academy of Technology
Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA, USA


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Mu Qiao is Research Group Leader and Master Inventor at IBM Research. He leads a team of research scientists and software engineers in the areas of AI and machine learning, driving innovation from research to production and delivering significant business impact. Dr. Qiao has led projects in AI powered data protection and governance, machine learning for cyber resilience, new science of disinformation, deep sequential learning, edge AI for driving safety, machine learning for hybrid cloud migration, and knowledge graph for large scale business service information management. The technology and inventions he developed have been used to power multiple IBM products and offerings in data backup and protection services, cyber resiliency, hybrid cloud migration, and service knowledge management, achieving $50+ Million USD business impact in revenue increase and cost saving. Dr. Qiao is the Chair of IBM Global Corporate-Wide Invention Development Team (IDT) for Trustworthy AI. As the Global IDT Chair, he helps set the direction of patent portfolio in Trustworthy AI for the company, and leads a global team of 50+ IDT members to provide technical and business assessments of patent applications, promote creative problem solving, and mentor new inventors. He is also the Chair of IBM Northern California Asian American Business Resource Group, which aims to improve workforce diversity, inclusion, Asian American leadership skills, and advance professional development. Dr. Qiao holds 60+ US Patents/Patent Applications in the areas of AI, deep learning, cloud computing, knowledge graph, and blockchain. He has received several prestigious IBM awards, including IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, IBM Outstanding Research Accomplishment Award, and High Value Patent Award. He was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology in 2021.

Dr. Qiao has served as organization chair, technical program committee member, and reviewer for many top tier AI and machine learning conferences (ICML, NeurIPS, ICLR, IJCAI, ICDM, and etc.), as well as panelist on U.S. National Science Foundation - Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) programs. He was the Industry and Government Program Chair at the IEEE International Conference on Big Data (BigData). Dr. Qiao initiated and founded the IBM Research Accelerated Discovery Forum, which brings together IBM and external distinguished researchers and practitioners to share their expertise in all areas related with AI and big data, and fosters cross-functional and cross-disciplinary collaboration. The forum has hosted hundreds of world famous speakers from industry, government, and academia, and attracted tens of thousands of attendees. It has become the IBM Almaden Distinguished Speaker Series.

Mu Qiao obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering and M.S. in Statistics (concurrent) from The Pennsylvania State University in 2012. He obtained his B.S. (Highest Honors) in Computer Science from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, in 2007. Dr. Qiao has held research intern positions at eBay Research Labs, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, and Xerox PARC.