Jeffrey O. Kephart  Jeffrey O. Kephart photo         

contact information

Mgr, Agents and Emergent Phenomena and Mgr, Tivoli-Autonomic Computing Joint Program
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Hawthorne, NY USA


Professional Associations

Professional Associations:  ACM  |  IEEE

Kephart’s work on computer viruses, software agents, and autonomic computing has been cited or published in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Wired, The Atlantic Monthly, Time Magazine, IEEE Spectrum, IEEE Computer, and Scientific American. He was one of 5 international finalists in the Discover Magazine Awards for Technological Innovation in 1996 for his work on an artificial immune system that defended computers from viruses. Kephart is a co-author of over 150 refereed publications in journals and conferences that have been cited over 21000 times according to Google Scholar (, resulting in an h-index of 60. He holds over 40 issued patents, several of which are embodied in IBM products. Kephart transferred innovative technology ideas on computer virus detection and eradication into several releases of IBM AntiVirus, which formed the basis for digital immune system technology that is now part of Symantec AntiVirus. His team’s work on data center power monitoring and management constitutes a key part of the IBM Tivoli green data center portfolio. He played a key role in establishing autonomic computing as an academic endeavor. At present, Kephart is a distinguished research staff member in IBM's cognitive computing research group, and serving as co-strategist for embodied cognition. Kephart is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. Specialties: Computer science research, autonomic computing, algorithms, multi-agent systems nonlinear dynamics

Current and Prior Positions

IBM Research

2/1990 - Present
I manage the Agents and Emergent Phenomena group at IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center. We develop machine learning and utility-function methods for solving a variety of problems in systems management including resource allocation and power management, as well as methods and systems for spam filtering. I play a role in several aspects of the autonomic computing initiative at IBM Research: I manage a joint program with the systems management part of IBM's Software Group and oversee university relations for autonomic computing. I co-founded the International Conference on Autonomic Computing with colleagues at Rutgers and the University of Arizona.