IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
Established in 1961, the Thomas J. Watson Research Center includes research facilities in Yorktown Heights, New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts. The center is the headquarters for IBM Research – the largest industrial research organization in the world, with twelve labs on six continents.
The center has been the location of some of the most notable technological and scientific business breakthroughs of the 20th and 21st centuries, including the invention of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM), the FORTRAN programming language , the relational database, and the development of copper interconnects.
These discoveries helped create and shape the world’s computing industry, while more recent breakthroughs, including Deep Blue computing systems, breaking the Petaflop barrier, and the introduction of Watson, the deep question answering natural-language computer system, are blazing the computing trails of the future.
The lab in Cambridge, MA is located in the vibrant Kendall Square neighborhood. In addition to IBM, the area is home to MIT and the booming Massachusetts high tech and biotechnology industries.
The lab is home to a diverse set of research groups working on technological innovations affecting people in all walks of life. The scientists and engineers invent tools and technologies focused on cognitive computing, health analytics, accessibility, video analytics, and computational science.
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The lab was founded in 1992 as Lotus Research by IBM Fellow Irene Greif, joining the IBM Research – Thomas J Watson Research Center in 2000. It has been at the forefront of advances in Computer Supported Cooperative Work, publishing numerous scholarly papers, generating patents and transferring technology to products.
The Lab is now home to diverse research groups working on technological innovations affecting people in all walks of life.