Inventing what’s next.

We’re a group of researchers, scientists, technologists, engineers, designers, and thinkers inventing what’s next in computing.

We’re relentlessly curious about all the ways that computing can change the world. We’re currently obsessed with advancing the state of the art in AI and hybrid cloud, and defining the future of quantum computing. The confluence of the technologies we’re building represent a step change in computing that will surpass anything we’ve seen before. Together, they can exponentially alter the speed and scale at which we can uncover solutions to complex problems. We’ve come to call this accelerated discovery.

We’re discovering the new materials that will become the next generation of computer chips; we’re building bias-free AI that can take the burden out of business decisions; we’re designing a hybrid-cloud platform that essentially operates as the world’s computer. We’re moving quantum computing from a theoretical concept to machines that are redefining industry and society.

The problems the world is facing today require us to work faster than ever before. We see it as our duty to catalyze scientific progress by taking the cutting-edge technologies we’re working on, scaling them, and deploying them with partners across every industry and field of study. Our goal is to be the engine of change for IBM, our partners, and the world at large.

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The urgency of science

We’re at a unique moment in time. Computing has never mattered more to the world than it does now. Nearly every aspect of our lives is impacted by computers in ways unimaginable just a few generations ago. You’re likely reading this on a device that is orders of magnitude more powerful than the computers that sent astronauts to the Moon. We helped design those, too.

As computing power has increased, it’s allowed us to explore accelerating discovery across industries. We’re enabling rapid breakthroughs in materials science, code migration, chemistry, healthcare, and automation—to name a few areas. What used to take years can now, in some cases, be achieved in a matter of days. Our research is upending the traditional timeframes for research and development.

If the last few years have shown us anything, this step change couldn’t have come at a better time. The world is changing rapidly every day. Science, guided by our values, is critical to our progress in the urgent problems society is wrestling with, from fighting a pandemic to reversing the impact of climate change.

At IBM Research, we infuse scientific thinking into everything we do, and we’re utilizing accelerated discovery to uncover breakthroughs that will affect daily life, industry innovation, and government policymaking.


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Our labs

IBM Research has been at the forefront of the computing revolution from the start, with our researchers playing a role in some of the most important advancements, from the hard drive and the floppy disk to mainframes and the personal computer. We’ve been here since the earliest days of computing, and we’re leading the charge for what’s next.

Since our first lab opened in 1945, we’ve authored more than 110,000 research publications. Our researchers have won six Nobel Prizes, six Turing Awards, and IBM has been granted more than 150,000 patents.

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Work with us

Accelerate your organization’s competitive advantage by teaming up with our scientists. We turn fundamental research into world-altering technology, both for IBM and our partners. Learn more about the ways we’re collaborating with businesses to help solve their most pressing needs faster.

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Work for us

We’re always looking for people excited to make change. See what open positions we have here and help us invent what’s next.

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