Congratulations to the following faculty who have been selected for IBM Faculty awards granted in 2017. The Faculty Awards are cash-only awards to:

  • Foster collaboration between researchers at leading universities worldwide and those in IBM research, development and services organizations
  • Promote courseware and curriculum innovation to stimulate growth in disciplines and geographies that are strategic to IBM.

Note: Information listed is by expressed permission of the faculty

Big Data / Analytics
Name University Project Title
Czumaj, Artur University of Warwick Efficient Processing Methods for Big Graphs
Jiang, Jianwei Shanghai Jiaotong University Partner with CNMOOC to build up an education to employment platform to benefit IBM and BP
Jones-Farmer, Allison Miami University Continuing work under the IBM CIO and Center for Data Analytics partnership
Liu, Chi Beijing Institute of Technology Real-time Machine Learning by UAVs and LinuxONE Community Cloud
Mulder, Nicola University of Cape Town DREAM of Malaria: An open innovation framework for discovery of anti-malarial drug combinations
Mules, Glen Iona College New Big Data Technology curriculum for IBM Skills Academy program
Wu, Teresa Arizona State University Quantitative analysis of air pollution impact on public health

Name University Project Title
Che, Haiying Beijing Institute of Technology Block chain joint projects and curriculum development
Heil, Margaret North Carolina State University Exposing students to and building on-campus brand awareness of IBM Watson/cloud, blockchain, quantum computing, etc. solutions through senior design projects
Kapitza, Rüdiger Technische Universitaet Braunschweig Scalable trusted consensus for permissioned blockchains
Ooi, Beng Chin National University of Singapore Innovation in Blockchain Systems
Suwardy, Themin Singapore Management University Progressing with ABC (Accounting and Block Chain)
Wang, Yang University of Science and Technology of China

Name University Project Title
Chu, Dianhui Harbin Institute of Technology, Weihai Research on Smart Pension Services Computing in China 
Fonseca, Rodrigo Brown University A Tracing Plane for Generic, End-to-End Visibility in OpenWhisk 
Liu, Chi Beijing Institute of Technology Hadoop Optimal Resource Scheduling on LinuxONE Community Cloud
Li, Tao Florida International University Data/rule mining for improving verifiable and reliable knowledge (toward Automated Troubleshooting and Remediation in Hybrid Environments)
Lu, Kun Dalian University of Technology Creating Banking Ecosystem Based on API in Hybrid Cloud
Ma, Shang-pin National Taiwan Ocean University Analysis and Visualization for Dependency Relationships among Microservices
Menzies, Tim North Carolina State University Automated Software Engineering advances for Enterprises 
Urgaonkar, Bhuvan Pennsylvania State University An exploration of wimpy virtual resource offerings for Bluemix
Zhao, Yuming Shanghai Jiaotong University HACKxSJTU — Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Hackathon

Cognitive Computing
Name University Project Title
Badinelli, Ralph Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Next generation cognitive curriculum and events/students projects
Bayoumi, Abdel-Moez E. University of South Carolina Acoustic Analytics for Industries
Bessen, James Boston University Commercialization of Artificial Intelligence
Bozkurt, Alper North Carolina State University Increasing the success of a guide dog raising program using IBM BlueMix and Watson
Bozzon, Alessandro Delft University of Technology The Internet of Everything and Everyone – Educational Material Development
Cioroianu, Iulia University of Exeter Understanding News Bias (UNBias)
Darwin, Solomon University of California Berkeley Next generation cognitive curriculum and events/student projects
Fahmy, Suhaib University of Warwick FPGA Overlays for Adaptable Machine Learning Acceleration
Franklin, Elaine North Carolina State University IBM Kenan Fellow: Wearable Devices & Big Data
Freund, Louis San Jose State University Cognitive cloud for smart service system innovation engineering center – events/student projects
Fromm, Hansjoerg Karlsruhe Institute of Technology A Similarity-Based Approach for the All-Time Demand Prediction of New Automotive Spare Parts (HICSS)
Grant, Edward North Carolina State University Assisted Walking Via Learned Control Strategies from IBM Watson
Grauman, Kristen University of Texas at Austin Eyes and Ears: Multi-Modal Learning from Unlabeled Video
Jouini, Oualid CentraleSupelec Streamlining emergency care to save more lives
Kuehl. Niklas Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Towards Service-Oriented Cognitive Analytics for Smart Service Systems (HICSS)
Lester. Dennis Clemson University IBM Watson in the Watt: Operation Framework and Transition to Industry
Liu, Zhihong Nanjing University The Effectiveness Study of Pathology Image Analysis for Cognitive Healthcare
Mittal, Prateek Princeton University Privacy for Edge/IoT Computing
Nagao, Katashi Nagoya University Meeting Analytics: Creative Activity Support by Knowledge Discovery from Discussions
Nakamura, Satoshi Nara Institute of Science and Technology Speech recognition for less resourced languages
Oakes, Joseph Pennsylvania State University - Abington Advancing Autonomous Pet Design at Penn State Abington
Ogata, Tetsuya Waseda University Achieving Robot-Behavior Adaptability Utilizing Deep Learning Model
Oliveira, Luiz Eduardo S. Universidade Federal do Paraná Towards Robust Representation for Texture Classification
Ordonez, Vincente University of Virginia Visual Reasoning in Interactive Dialog Systems
Pan, Jeff University of Aberdeen Large-Scale Knowledge Graph Construction and Reasoning in Cognitive Systems
Pan, Shimei University of Maryland Baltimore County Using Neural Semantic Embedding to Retrieve Similar Text
Petrik, Marek University of New Hampshire Detecting Invasive Species Using UAVs and Data Fusion
Qiu, Robin Penn State Great Valley Temporospatial Analytics To Enable Smarter City Mobility Services
Rao, Weixiong Tongji University Research and Curriculum Development of Big Data Cognitive Analysis by Watson Explorer
Roberts, Dave North Carolina State University Leveraging IBM BlueMix and Watson to Improve Outcomes in Guide Dog Puppy Raising Programs
Speziale, Barbara Clemson University IBM Watson in the Watt: Creative Inquiry Student Research
Tsoi, Kelvin Chinese University of Hong Kongy Machine Learning on BP Variability – a Novel Definition on Hypertensive Patients
Velardi, Paola Sapienza Universita di Roma Semantic Recommender for Everything and All (SERENA)
Wang, Kuang-Ching Clemson University IBM Watson in the Watt: Research Enablement and Training
Wang, William University of California, Santa Barbara Multimodal Relation Extraction and Question Answering
Watson, Benjamin North Carolina State University But How do I Talk to it? Structuring Human-ML Interaction with Qualitative Coding
Yoon, Sungroh Seoul National University Customization of IBM-Intu-Voice by Connecting TTS-Service and Voice Conversion Network
Zhan. Qimin Peking University Health Science Center Joint Innovation on Cognitive Healthcare
Zhang, Weining Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business Collaborate with IBM on CKGSB's CEO program of executive education
Zhu, Wenjuan University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Nanoscale Ferroelectric Devices for Cognitive Computing

Core Technologies
Name University Project Title
Chou, Yi-Chia National Chiao Tung University Self-assembled nanostructures in next generation devices
Gao, Guangyu Beijing Institute of Technology Large Scale Short Video Dataset Construction with LinuxOne
Gao, Guangyu Beijing Institute of Technology Spark Streaming Solution Verification and Optimization in LinuxONE
Kitamori, Takehiko University of Tokyo Calibration Free Nano Bio-sensing Device for Diagnosis Based on Extended-Nano/Micro Fluidics
Liu, Chi Beijing Institute of Technology Secure Data Masking Research on LinuxONE
Li, Fengqi Dalian University of Technology Cognitive IT Analytics for CICS
Lin, Ting Beijing Institute of Technology Talent Cultivation Base Construction in IBM Mainframe Excellence Center and Ecosystem Development
Liu, Yunhao Tsinghua University ACM Turing 50th Anniversary 
Mahapatra, Souvik Indian Institute of Technology Bombay Predictive BTI reliability (ageing) simulation of advanced transistors
Rao, Weixiong Tongji University Distributed and Parallel Algorithm to answer the Top-K Constraint Satisfaction Problem
Sewell, Peter University of Cambridge Power Architecture memory model clarification/rewrite and pre-silicon test tool.

Name University Project Title
Woods, David Ohio State University Accelerating agility in systems operations: SNAFU Catching

Internet of Things
Name University Project Title
Molvig, Ole Vanderbilt University Emergent Technologies Initiative: Autonomous Golf Cart Project
Murphy, John University College Dublin Cognitive Edge IoT Pilot for Smart Campus Applications
Palanisamy, Balaji University of Pittsburgh Decoupled Service Architecture for Seamless Edge Resource Allocation and Service Management
Pilla, Francesco University College Dublin Using an Urban Reasoning Framework for Air Pollution Control and Air Quality Monitoring
Popov, Alexey Bauman Moscow State Technical University Internet of Things Laboratory and Educational Center
Schenk, Andreas ETH Zurich Simulation of nanophotonic devices for novel applications in IoT and silicon photonics
Schlake, Bryan Pennsylvania State University - Altoona Low-Cost Electronic Inspection and Tracking System for Railroad Freight Cars
Yu, Miao & Dasgupta, Abhijit University of Maryland College Park Multifunctional Sensor Concepts for IoT-enabled Structural Health Monitoring

Name University Project Title
Fabian, Karol Matej Bel University Cognitive Analytics for Real-World Security Threats
Rizvi, Syed Pennsylvania State University - Altoona Hybrid Security System/Program for Securing Automobile Networks – Phase II
Stackpole, Bill Rochester Institute of Technology RIT Inter-Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition Expansion

Name University Project Title
Temesgen, Zelalem Mayo Clinic Digital tool to promote, support and enhance adherence to tuberculosis treatment and care