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Research 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, Master Inventor, Member of IBM Academy of Technology, and Chair of IBM Global Corporate-Wide Invention Development Team (IDT) for Trustworthy AI at IBM Research. He is leading 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, deep sequential learning, edge AI for driving safety, machine learning for hybrid cloud migration, and knowledge graph for large scale business service information management. He is also co-leading a global interdisciplinary team of researchers in machine learning, social computing, and HCI, to develop new sciences and foundational technologies to fight against misinformation. The technology and inventions that he has led to develop are used to power multiple IBM products and offerings in data backup and protection services, cyber resilience, hybrid cloud migration, and service knowledge management, achieving $50+ Million USD business impact in revenue increase and cost saving. As the Global IDT Chair, he sets the direction of patent portfolio in Trustworthy AI for the company, 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 the Co-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, Patent Plateau Invention Achievement Award, and Innovation Leadership Award.

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 Co-Chair at the IEEE International Conference on Big Data (BigData). Dr. Qiao initiated and founded the IBM Research Accelerated Discovery Forum, with the mission of bringing together IBM and external distinguished researchers and practitioners to share their expertise in all aspects of big data and analytics. The forum has hosted hundreds of world famous speakers from industry, government, and academia, and attracted tens of thousands attendees. It has become the IBM Research 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 positions at eBay Research Labs, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, and Xerox PARC.