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Short articles by IBM researchers on the work they are doing to improve the lives of people everywhere. 2008 2007 2006 2005

Pat Goldberg Memorial Best Paper

Pat Goldberg Best Paper Award for 2010 announced 2010 Best Paper awards focus on double patterning lithography, the distinct elements problem, discrepancy minimization and nested virtualization.

Josef Raviv Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship

IBM Research announces winner of 2011 Josef Raviv Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship Daniel Wichs receives annual IBM fellowship to pursue research in cryptography.

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May 1, 2012

Diagnosing psychosis with word analysis Guillermo Cecchi, Computational Biology Group, IBM Research, says that analyzing the spoken words of people with mental health disorders could significantly improve the accuracy of diagnosing mania and schizophrenia. [IBM Research Blog]

April 24, 2012

IBM Mobile Systems Remote now on Android IBM Distinguished Engineer Patrick Bohrer talks about the app's new features and looks back on his work on processors that made their way into Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft videogame consoles. [IBM Research Blog]

April 20, 2012

EV's holy grail: 500 miles on a single charge Computer scientist Winfried Wilcke worked on lithium battery that will help make a practical all-purpose vehicle in 10-20 years. Press release. [A Smarter Planet Blog]

April 17, 2012

Is the Internet reaching its limit?Yaron Wolfsthal, senior manager of the System Technologies and Services at IBM Research – Haifa, says we need to re-engineer the Internet platforms to allow collaborative models that break down the current barriers of the Internet. [IBM Research Blog]

April 11, 2012

A system that optimizes its work Giovanni Pacifici, director of distributed computing at IBM Research, asks, "How can we design a computer that understands what the user wants to do – at a system-wide level – and also understands how to optimize itself for any workload?" [IBM Research Blog]

April 2, 2012

From big bang to big data: ASTRON and IBM collaborate to explore origins of the universe Five-year Euro32.9m partnership will research exascale computer systems needed for what will become the world’s largest radio telescope. [IBM press release]

April 1, 2012

Seven new IBM Fellows join a distinguished tradition of excellence and innovation Three are from IBM Research: Paul Coteus, Ron Fagin and Ruchir Puri.

March 27, 2012

"IT Nobel" awarded to IBM researcher IEEE Computer Society awards 2012 W. Wallace McDowell Award to Ronald Fagin, IBM Research - Almaden, for fundamental and lasting contributions to the theory of databases. [IBM Research Blog]

Big Data University: Rutgers and IBM team on a new High Performance Computing Center Using IBM Blue Gene, Rutgers University will crunch big data from the life sciences to finance -- and even do some climate modeling.

March 26, 2012

26 years at ZRL: a personal summary Dr. Dieter Jaepel, computer scientist and executive briefer at the IBM Forum – Industry Solutions Lab in Zurich looks back on his commitments: Not to separate IT systems into hardware and software, and to emphasize research into applications. [IBM Research Blog]

March 22, 2012

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, IBM to collaborate in applying Watson technology to help oncologists The "Jeopardy!"-style decision support tool will help doctors create individualized cancer diagnostic and treatment recommendations for their patients. [IBM press release] Smarter Planet Blog post.

March 20, 2012

Creek Watch iPhone app goes social Head of California’s Citizen Monitoring Program, the Clean Water Team, praises IBM's water crowdsourcing app. [IBM Research Blog]

IBM Introduces new predictive analytics services and software to reduce fraud, manage financial performance and deliver next best action Based on experiences drawn from more than 20,000 analytics engagements, the solutions combine innovations developed by IBM Research with new predictive technologies from IBM acquisitions.

March 5, 2012

Citi and IBM enter exploratory agreement on use of Watson technologies Citi will examine the use of deep content analysis and evidence-based learning capabilities found in IBM Watson to improve the consumer banking experience. [IBM press release]

March 1, 2012

IBM forms Watson Healthcare Advisory Board Board members, including medical leaders with expertise in primary care, oncology, biomedical informatics and medical innovation, will provide IBM with insights on healthcare issues that could profit by adopting Watson technology.

Inventors’ Corner: Hall of Fame induction for magnetic memory breakthrough Lubomyr Romankiw and David Thompson (retired) will be recognized for techniques that produce thin film magnetic heads in storage devices, which greatly increased data storage density, reduced storage cost, and became ubiquitous in everything from computer hard drives to commercial disk storage in digital cameras and mobile devices. Press release.

February 29, 2012

Science behind an answer An update on the way Watson works.

Self-protecting microprocessor saves energy Charles Lefurgy, a Master Inventor at IBM Austin Lab, discusses how POWER7 "critical-path monitor"works, and how it might affect chips in everything from servers to smart phones. [IBM Research Blog]

February 28, 2012

Technical assistant looks back and forward Thomas Weigold reflects on his two years as TA for Zurich Lab director Matthias Kaiserswerth. [IBM Research Blog]

February 25, 2012

On transdisciplinary education Opher Etzion encourages students to have a deep understanding in more than one discipline.

February 24, 2012

City of Zhenjiang, China and IBM collaborate to build a Smarter City City in eastern China will use hardware, software, services and technologies developed in IBM research labs to manage a growing traffic problem.

Students and faculty must work across disciplines to meet real-world challenges Career and research advice from the director of IBM University Programs Worldwide.

February 22, 2012

Q&A with Yaniv Corem, gamification expert at IBM Research Haifa-based researcher is passionate about projects that use the "wisdom of the crowd" to solve difficult problems, complete tasks, gather data and more. My career at IBM Research.

February 15, 2012

Bernie Meyerson's take on IBM's 5-in-5 IBM Vice President of Innovation discusses five technological advances that will change our lives in the next five years.

February 8, 2012

Inspired by steel, nanomanufacturing gets wear-resistant carbide tip Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and IBM Research - Zurich fabricated a silicon carbide tip -- 100,000 times smaller than the tip of a pencil -- that represents an important step toward nanomanufacturing applications for healthcare and the environment.

February 7, 2012

Thank you, IBM, says youngsters at Watson FlipPhone video of area students who visit T.J. Watson Research. [YouTube]

February 6, 2012

Predicting the spread of emerging infectious diseases James Kaufman, IBM Research manager, Healthcare Information Infrastructure and Computer Science, writes that IBM Research is putting processing muscle into the fight against global health problems by using science-based, data-centric disease modeling.

February 2, 2012

How can visualization help citizens use open data? IBM Smarter Cities Challenge sent team of six -- including two researchers from Haifa Lab -- to Helsinki to recommend how visualizations can boost citizen engagement and improve democracy.

January 23, 2012

Q&A with Giovanni Cherubini, IBM storage scientist Scientist at IBM Research - Zurich Lab talks about his work over the past 25 years.

January 17, 2012

Inventors' Corner: System and method for cortical simulation IBM Researcher Dr. Dharmendra Modha talks about mimicking the cognitive systems and function of the brain's cortex. Video interview.

January 11, 2012

IBM breaks U.S. patent record; tops patent list for 19th consecutive year IBM inventors earned a record 6,180 U.S. patents in 2011, more than quadrupling Hewlett-Packard’s issuances and exceeding by six times those of Oracle/Sun.

January 13, 2012

The next era of computer: A revolution coming in data storage Chip designers are bumping up against the laws of physics as they shrink transistors and other components on chips to nanoscale dimensions.

“Personalized medicine will be key in the future” Novel silicon probe could possibly become a very useful tool in disease diagnostics and drug design. [IBM Research Blog]

Made in IBM labs: New silicon probe assists in disease diagnostics and drug discovery New microfluidic probe improves tissue staining for pathologists. [IBM press release]

January 11, 2012

Made in IBM Labs: IBM attacks the complexity of security with identity intelligence announces a new identity intelligence breakthrough designed in IBM labs to provide corporations with a more sophisticated approach to managing the information employees can access.

January 4, 2012

Wearable computing: It can help us understand -- and improve -- ourselves Mobile fitness monitor began as CMU project in the university's wearable computing lab.

January 3, 2012

Urban Information Networks, Part 1: The invisible rendered visible Sharing information is helping urban residents navigate their cities without the usual big hassles.

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Last updated on May 16, 2012