IBM Research Horizons | April 20-22, 2021     

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Welcome to the IBM Research Horizons Event Page. This exclusive three-day virtual event will be streaming live April 20-22 from our Global Think Labs across four continents. For two hours each day you will have the opportunity to explore the depth and breadth of IBM Research through a series of interactive sessions, live demonstrations, and intimate discussions with our renowned researchers.

Below you will find the event agenda, session abstracts, and featured speakers. We enjoyed speaking with you at this special Research event as we explored the ideas and innovations of today that will help us build a brighter tomorrow together.

> Replays will be available the week of April 26, 2021.

 

Event Index 
*All session times in EDT


Day 1: Capitalize Now

10:00 am /  Introduction to IBM Research

10:05 am /  Scaling AI in the Cloud

10:30 am /   Trusting AI

11:00 am /   Innovations in Natural Language Understanding for Business

11:30 am /   Securing AI: Fully Homomorphic Encryption

11:50 am /   Optimizing your Cloud Infrastructure with AI

 

Day 2: Prepare for Tomorrow

10:00 am /   AI at the Edge

10:30 am /   Sustainable AI Computing: Breakthroughs in AI Hardware

11:05 am /   Open Source Spotlight: Accelerate the Journey to Kubernetes

11:20 am /   Open Source Spotlight: Control Data Usage Across the Enterprise

11:35 am /   Open Source Spotlight: The Future of Serverless

11:45 am /   Good Tech: AI Suitcase for the Visually Impaired

 

Day 3: Shape the Future

10:00 am /   Thinking About Thinking: Neuroethics and Why You Should Care

10:30 am /   Where is AI Headed? A Fireside Chat with IBM Research Leaders

11:05 am /   What is a Discovery Driven Enterprise?

11:30 am /   Building Communities to Advance Technology

 

Agenda

 

Day 1: Capitalize Now

Moderated by Haig A. Peter
Manager - IBM Client Center Think Lab - Europe

Tuesday, April 20

 




Introduction to IBM Research

Speaker
Jeff Welser
COO IBM Research / VP Exploratory Science & University Collaborations / VP Almaden, Brazil & Japan

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Scaling AI in the Cloud

Speakers
Lisa Amini, Moderator
Director, IBM Research Cambridge and AI Automations and Scaling 

Horst Samulowitz
Senior Research Manager and Principal Research Staff Member, IBM Research

Darrell Reimer
Distinguished Engineer, IBM Research

Heiko Ludwig
Principal Research Staff Member, Senior Manager AI Platforms, IBM Research

Abstract 
We will discuss tools we are building to help data science teams reduce the time they spend training, maintaining, and updating their models. We will also cover new capabilities to profile and assess data readiness, analyze data for model performance, remediate data deficiencies, and replenish with sampled, synthesized or augmented data. There will be some short demos and a Q&A session.

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Trusting AI

Speakers

Saska Mojsilovic, Moderator
IBM Fellow, AI Science, IBM Research

Kush Varshney
Distinguished Research Staff Member and Manager, IBM Research

Michael Hind
Distinguished Research Staff Member, IBM Research

Abstract 
We will discuss the importance of trustworthy AI and break it down into the following areas: trustworthy model development, model reliability, AI governance, and trustworthy solution design. In the process we will address model explainability, model fairness, data quality, model testing, and error quantification.

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Innovations in Natural Language Understanding for Business

Speakers
Aya Soffer
VP, AI Technologies

Yoav Katz
Manager, IBM Debating Technologies, IBM Research

Luis Lastras
Distinguished Research Staff Member and Senior Manager, IBM Research

Yunyao Li
Principal Research Staff Member and Senior Research Manager, Scalable Knowledge Intelligence, IBM Research

Alfio Gliozzo
Principal Research Staff Member and Manager, Knowledge Induction, IBM Research 

Abstract 
We will discuss how IBM Research drives innovation in AI products and services, focusing on recent advances in machine understanding of natural language. We will give examples where these technologies enhance customer experience. We will provide some short demos and take questions from the audience.

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Securing AI: Fully Homomorphic Encryption

Speakers
John Buselli
Business Development Executive

Eli Dow
STSM Industry Offering Mgmt & Strategy. Master Inventor. Homomorphic Encryption Architect & Principal, IBM Systems

Omri Soceanu
AI Security Group Manager, IBM Research

Abstract 
Imagine that you could encrypt your most sensitive data in such a way that allows other parties to work with it without compromising security? Fully homomorphic encryption (FHE), can help you achieve zero trust by unlocking the value of your data on untrusted domains without needing to decrypt it.  Come learn from our experts how this technology works, why its time has come to be deployed and how to get started.

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Optimizing your Cloud Infrastructure with AI

Speakers
Andrea Greggo
IBM Quantum & Cloud Research Offering Manager, IBM CHQ, IP

Abstract 
A common source of waste in cloud infrastructures is the underutilization of allocated resources.  IBM research has invented a method, utilizing AI, that helps organizations optimize their resource allocations.  We will describe this new tool and how IBM Research and our clients have implemented it and realized significantly cost savings.

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Day 2: Prepare for Tomorrow

Moderated by George Tulevski
Research Staff Member and Program Manager of the IBM Research Frontiers Institute

Wednesday, April 21

 


AI at the Edge

Speakers
Nancy Greco, Moderator
Director, Research Cognitive IoT solutions, IBM Research

Nirmit Desai
Principal Research Staff Member, Edge AI, IBM Research

Kay Murphy
Partner - Asset Optimization, IBM Global Business Services

Abstract 
Enterprise workloads are increasingly powered by data-hungry AI applications deployed at the edge, to bypass the constraints of data movement, latency, or data sensitivity. To respond to this industry-wide trend, IBM Research has created Edge AI SDK – an array of libraries that package novel and highly differentiated algorithms to address the data and AI issues that arise in enterprise applications that need to seamlessly run across Cloud and Edge. The Edge AI SDK is available as a Research Early Access offering. IBM is partnering with AT&T to enable scalable deployment of Edge AI applications on IBM's enterprise edge servers on AT&T's 5G network. IBM is also partnering with Boston Dynamics to bring the power of Edge AI to conquer the next frontier of automation, safety, and efficiency in industrial environments.

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Sustainable AI Computing: Breakthroughs in AI Hardware

Speakers

Cindy Goldberg, Moderator
Program Director, AI Hardware Research, IBM Research

Kailash Gopalakrishnan
IBM Fellow and Senior Manager, Accelerator Architectures and Machine Learning, IBM Research

Ankur Agrawal
Research Scientist, Accelerator Architectures, IBM Research

Abstract 
The compute power needed to execute modern AI workloads is growing exponentially.  The IBM AI Hardware center is inventing novel chip architectures and device concepts to dramatically improve compute efficiency for AI workloads.  In this session, we will describe how reduced precision compute is implemented and how we are bringing it to the world.

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Open Source Spotlight: Accelerate the Journey to Kubernetes

Speakers
Andrea Greggo, Moderator
IBM Quantum & Cloud Research Offering Manager, IBM CHQ, IP

Ruchir Puri
IBM Fellow; Chief Scientist, IBM Research

Abstract 
In this spotlight session, we will first talk about the Konveyor open source program and how it can be used to modernize and migrate workloads to a kubernetes platform. We will talk about the various projects in the Konveyor program so you can determine what Konveyor packages can meet your rehosting or refactoring application needs for Kubernetes. And finally, we will discuss how you can engage IBM Research around this program.

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Open Source Spotlight: Control Data Usage Across the Enterprise

Speakers
Andrea Greggo, Moderator
IBM Quantum & Cloud Research Offering Manager, IBM CHQ, IP

Michael Factor
IBM Fellow - Cloud Data and Storage, 
IBM Research

Abstract 
In this spotlight session, we will talk about the Mesh for Data open source and how it can relieve you of the chore of addressing the non-functional requirements for data-centric-workloads, such as data governance or performance, while enabling you to turn your data into business value. And finally, we will talk about how you can engage IBM Research around this program.

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Open Source Spotlight: The Future of Serverless

Speakers
Andrea Greggo, Moderator
IBM Quantum & Cloud Research Offering Manager, IBM CHQ, IP

Carlos Costa
Research Staff Member, Hybrid Cloud - Cloud HPC, IBM Research

Abstract 
In this spotlight session, Carlos will talk about the Future of Serverless open source and how overcoming some of the key challenges of serverless, like integration and scale will make it the next generation platform for AI & big data.

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Good Tech: AI Suitcase for the Visually Impaired

Speakers
Chieko Asakawa
IBM Fellow, IBM Research

Hiro Takagi
STSM, Senior Manager, Accessibility and Healthcare, IBM Research

Abstract 
IBM Research and other partner companies developed a robotic suitcase that help visually impaired travel around the city. Visually impaired people have difficulty moving around and enjoy the urban environment, and they are struggling to keep their distance from surrounding people under the pandemic situation. AI Suitcase can recognize surrounding people and environment and safely navigate to shops or any other destinations in public spaces like shopping malls and airports. We will introduce the features we achieved, feedback from users, and preview the world in which AI augments people's ability.

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Day 3: Shape the Future

Moderated by Ana Topol
CTO in IBM Research responsible for Research Strategic Alliances, IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM Master Inventor with 90 patents

Thursday, April 22


 


Thinking About Thinking: Neuroethics and Why You Should Care

Speakers
Rachel Ostrand, Moderator
Cognitive Scientist & Psycholinguist Extraordinaire, IBM Research

Sara Berger
Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscientist, IBM Research

Abstract 
Neurotechnology is a burgeoning area of the tech space and will soon affect all of us – using technology to assess or affect the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system. What exactly is neurotechnology, what can it do, and why do we need to think about it? What should we worry about now, as this technology arrives? Join us for an interactive discussion to learn about neurotechnology and neuroethics, and what we should all be thinking about (and what IBM is doing!) now to make sure we’re ready for the future.

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Where is AI Headed? A Fireside Chat with IBM Research Leaders

Speakers
Sriram Raghavan, VP, IBM Research AI

Lisa Amini
Director, IBM Research Cambridge and AI Automations and Scaling 

Saska Mojsilovic
IBM Fellow, AI Science, IBM Research

Aya Soffer
VP, AI Technologies

Abstract 
IBM Research AI leaders will comment on where AI is headed for enterprises, followed by an interactive discussion with attendees.

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What is a Discovery Driven Enterprise?

Speakers
Alessandro Curioni
IBM Fellow, Vice President Europe and Africa
Director, IBM Research Zurich

John R. Smith
IBM Fellow, IBM Research AI and Future of Computing

Abstract 

Numerous societal challenges (COVID-19, energy storage, food shortages) are demanding a dramatically faster pace in science. Simultaneously, there is a growing trend with industry and governments to use the scientific method of discovery, and experimentation at scale as rigorous processes to build knowledge and inform decisions. 

These forces combined with technological innovations including AI, hybrid cloud, supercomputing and eventually, quantum are giving shape to “accelerated discovery”—in which parts of the scientific process are automated—which will drive new generations of information technology, produce important advances in science, and create new opportunities in business.

The ultimate goal is a “discovery-driven enterprise”— an organization whose culture is defined by rigorous experimentation, even applied to its own internal processes—is a powerful one, broadly, for enabling more informed decisions and more impactful actions across all aspects of society.

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Building Communities to Advance Technology

Speakers
George Tulevski​, Moderator        
Research Staff Member and Program Manager of the IBM Research Frontiers Institute​

Kenneth Wood​
Quantum Business Development Director, IBM Intellectual Property

Kate Soule​
Head of Membership Program, MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, IBM Research​

Kallie Ferguson​
Global Lead, Quantum Community Programs, IBM Systems​

Abstract 
We believe that advancing the state-of-the-art in science and technology requires a community with a shared vision and goals.  We will discuss how we are building communities comprised of scientists, developers, universities and corporations to advance technologies such as Quantum Computing.  

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Event Details

Date: April 20 - 22, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
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