PhD Michael Karasick  PhD Michael Karasick photo         

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Vice President, Cognitive Computing
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA


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Dr. Karasick manages research done in IBM’s Global Laboratories.  These are labs in 7 different countries, intended to bring a broad perspective to the Research that IBM does.  He is responsible for Research done in the context of emerging economies, such as Africa, as well as geographies with a long history of computing, as well as the ability to inject new technologies, such as AI, BlockChain, Cyber Security, into these regions.

Previously, Dr. Karasick was responsible for IBM’s World Wide Cognitive Computing Research agenda. In this role he is responsible for a broad set of technologies, many done in close collaboration with IBM Watson. Prior to that, Dr. Karasick oversaw the productization of Watson, and was responsible for the evolution of Watson from a single application to a unique platform of technical capabilities, along with development of patterns, methodologies and tools for the creation of Watson Applications.

Dr. Karasick has spent his entire IBM career on the creation and productization of novel technologies, with leadership roles across IBM’s Research and Software organizations: Lab Director in Beijing (collaboration software development) and in San Jose CA (IBM Almaden Research Center); strategy/delivery responsibility for the IBM Research Software Portfolio; IBM’s Business/Technical strategist for IBM’s Software business; Director of Development for mobile and desktop platforms and technologies; IBM CTO for mobile computing; and Director of Development of mobile and sensor/actuator solutions.

Dr. Karasick began his IBM career in 1988 as a researcher with diverse research roles. Hehas published numerous papers in the areas of software engineering, geometric modeling, programming languages and compilers and mobile  computing. He is also a prolific inventor, being recognized as an IBM Master Inventor. He received an Honors B.S. from the University of Manitoba, MS from McGill University, and PhD from McGill and Cornell Universities, all in Computer Science.