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IBM Research - Almaden is IBM's Silicon Valley innovation lab. Scientists, computer engineers and designers at Almaden are pioneering scientific breakthroughs across disruptive technologies including artificial intelligence, healthcare and life sciences, quantum computing, blockchain, storage, Internet of Things and accessibility.

This work builds on a rich history of breakthroughs at Almaden’s unique campus in San Jose, California that include the distributed relational database, the ability to position individual atoms, the first data mining algorithms and innovations in data storage technology.

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IBM Research – Almaden
650 Harry Road
San Jose, California 95120-6099


(408) 927-1080


The closest airport to Almaden is San Jose International Airport. The other area airports are San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport.


For information on local accomodations, visit the San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau Hotel Listing.

Public Transportation:

For information on public transit, visit the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority web site. A shuttle service runs at scheduled times between Almaden and the Santa Teresa light rail station.

Dr. Jeffrey Welser

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Dr. Jeff Welser, Vice President of IBM Research – Almaden in San Jose, California oversees scientists and engineers performing exploratory and applied research at the home of the relational database and world’s first hard disk drive. Today the lab specializes in areas including: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, healthcare and life sciences, blockchain, storage systems, data management and analytics, nanotechnology, and materials science. Jeff is IBM Research’s leader in Silicon Valley and manages technology advancements across IBM’s research areas.

In his prior position, Dr. Welser was the Director of Strategy and Program Development for the Accelerated Discovery Lab and simultaneously the Director of Almaden Services Research, managing a portfolio of research into improved business processes, software and technology to enable IBM's Global Business and Technology Services organizations. Dr. Welser joined IBM Research in 1995, working on novel silicon devices at the T.J. Watson Research Center, and served as adjunct professor at Columbia University, teaching semiconductor device physics at the same time.

Dr. Welser received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University . Welser holds 21 US Patents and has published over 75 technical papers and presentations. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, an IEEE Fellow, a member of the American Physical Society, and has served on numerous Federal agency and Congressional panels on advanced semiconductor technology.

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