Ruoyi Zhou  Ruoyi Zhou photo         

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Director, Accessibility & Aging Research
Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA, USA



Dr. Ruoyi Zhou is the Director of Accessibility & Aging Research at IBM. Her responsibilities
include developing technology and tools to enable accessibility for IBM products,
solutions, and services; creating assistive technology for people with disabilities; and
leading IoT-based AI solutions for Aging.

Previously, Ruoyi was the Director responsible for the partnership between Research and
IBM Global Business Services. Her mission was to grow services revenue by applying
Research differentiating technologies to solve challenging business problems. During her
tenure as a research manager, Ruoyi led a cross disciplinary team to tackle one of the
most difficult problems in strategic outsourcing, costing and pricing, using complex
mathematical modeling and predictive analytics. She also served as the executive staff in
the Lab Director’s office at IBM’s Almaden Research Center managing Research
strategy and operations. Ruoyi spent the early part of her career at IBM as an engineer for
the design of magnetic recording heads and development of disk technology. Prior to
joining IBM, Ruoyi was a research scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory
where she studied and researched process and characterization of high-temperature

Ruoyi received her Ph.D. in Materials Science from Rutgers University. She has over 30
publications and is the recipient of several patents. Ruoyi is an editorial board member
for two Service Science journals. She serves on the Board of Advisors for G3ict. In 2010 she received the YWCA TWIN Award, one of the nation’s most prestigious awards given by the local and regional YWCA to recognize successful women executives for their outstanding achievements.