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Jonathan Lenchner

I am a researcher at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. For the past two years I have been one of the principal investigators at our Cognitive Environments Lab or CEL. We are trying to bring immersive computing technologies to social environments. A special interest of mine is creating technology that helps us engage with each other and with the world in a more meaningful way. Most of our technology today seems to get in the way of that engagement.

Prior to my work on cognitive environments I worked on a mobile robot for autonomously mapping, monitoring and managing the energy and thermal properties of a data center. We later outfitted the robot with a mobile RFID reader to give it fine-grained asset tracking capabilities. If you are interested in arranging for a robotic scan and detailed energy efficiency analysis of your data center, please contact IBM Systems and Technology Group's Lab Services. A paper about our robot won the Best Paper award at the 2011 International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC).

I worked on the strategy component of the IBM Jeopardy-playing program known as Watson, culminating in our celebrated victory over best-ever human players, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. I recently worked with the team that is adapting Watson for use in medicine to showcase the integration of Watson with some of our immersive technologies in a demonstration at our recently opened Watson Client Experience Center in Astor Place, NYC.

I began working at IBM in 1994 and have been in Research since April, 2000. I have previously worked in the areas of Just-in-time Supply Chain Management, Help Center Diagnostics, Internet Search, Internet Security, eCommerce, Human-Computer Interaction, Unstructured Information Management, and knowledge management applied to large scale systems management environments.

My academic interests are in the areas of discrete, combinatorial, and computational geometry. I am particularly attracted to simple to state problems in discrete geometry. Recently I have been applying geometric ideas to help solve problems associated with energy efficiency and robotics. For copies of some of my latest papers look here.

Mailing Address:

Jonathan Lenchner
IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
1101 Kitchawan Rd.
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Phone: +1-914-945-1852