Rania Khalaf is the director of AI Engineering in IBM Research AI working on platforms, programming models and tools to make creating AI a delightful experience for data scientists and developers. We tackle problems at the intersection of core AI, distributed systems, cloud computing, human computer interaction and visualization.
Previously, she was the director of the Cloud Platform, Programming Models and Runtimes organization at IBM Research. She is passionate about bringing innovation to market that makes complex systems easy and delightful for developers to use, leading teams breaking new ground at the intersection of Cloud Computing, Service Composition and Machine/Deep Learning. She has served as the technical assistant to Danny Sabbah, CTO and GM of IBM Cloud and was an architect in IBM GTS working with the C-suite of key customers on early cloud adoption.
She received her Doctorate with honors from the University of Stuttgart advised by Frank Leymann and her Bachelor's and Master's degrees with an AI concentration, advised by Trevor Darrell and Stephen Intille, in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Rania is the recipient of several awards including the IBM Extraordinary Technical Accomplishment and IBM Outstanding Technical Accomplishment for her contributions to the foundations of Web services and service composition.
Rania's work has been extensively published in key conferences and journals; she serves on program committees of over 20 workshops and conferences in Service Oriented Computing, Cloud Computing, Middleware, Business Process Management and Web technologies. She has been guest editor of journals such as IEEE Internet Computing and PC chair of CoopIS 2013.
Some fun stuff:
My dad took a tanker he built up the nile from Cairo to Alexandria. It turned into quite an adventure. Here's the Map-diary I kept up for him with his e-mails and pics. Click on the thumbtacks to read about the events at that location.