Overseas Research Centers: IBM
IBM has 12 research labs around the world. The labs are located in Africa, Almaden, Australia, India, China, Tokyo, Brazil, Cambridge, Haifa, Ireland, Zurich, and the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center.
- IBM has 19 research facilities across 12 laboratories on 6 continents.
- These research facilities primarily are focused on Accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, Semiconductors, Quantum Computing, Energy and Environment, Financial Services, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Science for Social Good research areas.
IBM RESEARCH AFRICA
- The research lab is IBM’s 12th global research center and the first industrialized research facility in Africa. The IBM research center in Africa is located in 2 countries, Kenya and South Africa.
- The labs are focused in areas such as water, agriculture, transportation, healthcare, financial inclusion, education, energy, security and e-government.
- IBM Research Africa is actively engaging with Africa’s innovation ecosystem to kick start new business opportunities and ensure the full commercial viability of its solutions and services.
IBM RESEARCH ALMADEN
- Almaden IBM research lab is IBM’s Silicon Valley innovation lab. The lab is focused on research on artificial intelligence, healthcare and life sciences, quantum computing, blockchain, storage, Internet of Things and accessibility.
- The first homogeneous distributed relational database and a distributed database for different data types and stores was built in the lab.
- The first data mining algorithms and innovations in data storage technology and the ability to position individual atoms was achieved through the lab.
IBM RESEARCH AUSTRALIA
- IBM Research Australia is a research and development lab that opened in 2011 in Australia.
- The lab work with clients to understand their business challenges, innovation opportunities, and how solutions can be applied in the marketplace.
- The lab is focused on conceiving, designing and building next-generation systems that to reconstruct health and life sciences, analytics, resource management, and financial services.
- The lab conducted a study where they used a machine learning approach to identify sets of proteins in the blood that are predictive of a biomarker in spinal fluid. The research was the first of its kind in testing for Alzheimer’s disease.
- The research lab was the first to demonstrate the control of prosthetic limbs with thought and artificial intelligence.
IBM RESEARCH BRAZIL
- The IBM research lab in Brazil is located in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro; the lab was established in June 2010.
- The Brazil research lab is focused on applying artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and visual analytics, as well as Internet-of-things solutions and cloud services, to better manage natural resources such as oil and gas.
- Scientists at IBM Brazil research lab discovered that nanoscale oil droplet looks more like a flat film against a solid surface. The lab is developing nanoscience-enhanced oil flow simulations that could better-predict oil extraction from a reservoir.
- AgroPad was developed at the lab to help farmers better manage crops and more efficiently bring fresh produce to our tables.
IBM RESEARCH CAMBRIDGE
- The Cambridge research lab focuses on designing, inventing and building next-generation artificial intelligence, and creating AI to transform healthcare, ageing and accessibility, cybersecurity.
- The lab is co-located with the Watson Health and IBM Cybersecurity headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts
IBM RESEARCH CHINA
- The research lab is focused on developing industry solutions, artificial intelligence capabilities, cloud, Internet-of-Things and blockchain technologies.
- The lab engages in cross-industry partnerships that help organizations differentiate themselves through innovation.
- IBM Research-China is spearheading Horizons, a global initiative to enable governments, utility companies and factories to understand better and improve their relationships with the environment and to help tackle pressing issues related to air pollution and climate change.
- IBM Research China developed the world’s first blockchain-based green asset management platform using hyperledger fabric on the IBM Cloud.
IBM RESEARCH HAIFA
- IBM Research Haifa was founded in 1972 as a small scientific center; presently, it is the largest lab of IBM Research Division outside of the United States.
- The lab focuses on artificial intelligence, cloud data services, healthcare informatics, and image and video analytics, mobile, security and quality.
- The lab published research in radiology on a new AI model that can predict the development of malignant breast cancer in patients. The model was the first algorithm of its kind to learn and make decisions from both imaging data and a comprehensive patient’s health history.
- IBM Haifa research lab created the IBM Virtual Voice Creator that automatically creates a voiceover for a multi-character game, animation or educational video, without the need of hiring voice actors and audio recording studios.
IBM RESEARCH IRELAND
- IBM Research Ireland focuses on developing solutions in areas like IoT, artificial intelligence security, privacy, healthcare, and cloud.
- The lab tests new technologies on real business problems, discover new growth opportunities and contributes to the success of IBM platforms and solutions.
- IBM Research Ireland was among the first awardees of the Irish Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund on designing biophysics inspired AI to use photons to help surgeons identify cancer.
- The lab developed a cloud-based platform within the framework of ProACT called InterACT.
IBM RESEARCH INDIA
- The lab is located in New Delhi and Bengaluru, India and was founded in 1998.
- The lab is focused on the application of blockchain, cognitive IoT platforms and solutions, data security and compliance, deep learning algorithms, infrastructure, dialogue and conversational systems, education, fashion, financial services, and industrial and manufacturing
- IBM Research India built a suite of agribusiness tools and solutions to help the agriculture industry use the power of AI to make more informed decisions about their crops.
- The lab developed a dialogue-based intelligent tutor to support learning across domains and age-groups and a teaching tool which uses predictive analytics on longitudinal student data.
IBM RESEARCH TOKYO
- IBM Research Tokyo focuses on innovations that use cognitive computing to solve social and industry problems through expertise in cognitive device technologies, text analytics and mathematical science technologies.
- The lab was founded in 1982 and has 2 facilities in Tokyo and Shin-Kawasaki.
- The team at Toyko Research built a platform called Augmented Live Communication Platform for real-time communication among people located in remote locations.
ZURICH RESEARCH LAB
- IBM Research Zurich was established in 1956 as the first European branch of IBM Research.
- The lab research areas are focused on cloud & computing infrastructure, science & technology, cognitive computing, industry solutions.
- The lab developed the world’s first quantum computing safe tape.
- The lab developed PaccMann; a multimodal deep learning solution that uses data from disparate sources to help predict how cells in diseased tissue will respond to a given drug.
- A tool called INtERAcT, to automate knowledge extraction from scientific publications was also developed at the research lab.
IBM THOMAS J. WATSON RESEARCH CENTER
- The Thomas J. Watson Research Center serves as the headquarters of IBM Research, one of the largest industrial research organizations in the world.
- The lab is focused on providing scientific breakthroughs across disruptive technologies, including the future of artificial intelligence, blockchain and quantum computing.
- Scientists at the lab developed a new approach to simulate molecules on a quantum computer that may one day help revolutionize chemistry and materials science.
- IBM research developed a new distributed deep learning software which achieved record communication overhead and 95% scaling efficiency on the Caffe deep learning framework over 256 NVIDIA GPUs in 64 IBM Power systems.