EECS Colloquium

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

306 Soda Hall (HP Auditorium)
4:00 – 5:00 pm

Jeffrey Welser

Chief Operating Officer & Vice President
IBM Research

Jeffrey Welser speaks on "IBM Research: Inventing What's Next" on 09/13/23


The shape of the computing landscape is being transformed with the rise of Foundation Models in AI and the beginning of the utility era in Quantum Computing, along with the continued progress in conventional computing. This talk will discuss some of the work we are doing at IBM in all of these areas, both on the hardware and software side, as well as how we see the combination of bits, neurons, and qubits opening up new opportunities in scientific discovery.


Dr. Jeffrey Welser is Chief Operating Officer for IBM Research and Vice President, Exploratory Science and University Collaborations. He oversees IBM Research Labs based in California, Brazil and Japan, as well as the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab in Cambridge. He oversees exploratory and applied research to advance data technology and analytics for Hybrid Cloud and AI systems and software, with a strong focus on advanced computing technologies for AI, neuromorphic devices and quantum computing. After joining IBM Research in 1995, Dr. Welser worked on a broad range of technologies, including novel silicon devices, high-performance CMOS and SOI device design, and next generation system components. He has led teams in both development and research, as well as running industrial, academic and government consortiums, including the SRC Nanoelectronics Research Initiative. Dr. Welser received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He holds 21 US Patents and has published over 75 technical papers and presentations. He is an IEEE Fellow, a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and the American Physical Society, and Chairman of the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium. He serves on several university and industry technical boards, and has participated in numerous Federal Agency, National Academies and Congressional panels on advanced semiconductor and computing technology.

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