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Uyi Stewart, Chief Scientist, IBM Research-Africa

Osamuyimen T. Stewart, Ph.D., Distinguished Engineer, Chief Scientist, IBM Research-Africa

By Osamuyimen T. Stewart, Ph.D.

The World Health Organization estimates that almost 10,000 cases of the Ebola virus disease have been reported since the latest outbreak was first reported in March 2014, resulting in more than 4,800 deaths. According to the WHO, widespread and intense transmission is occurring in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, while localized transmissions have occurred in other countries, such as the U.S.

Of the many daunting challenges facing local governments and aid organizations as they try to contain and manage the virus is the collection and analysis of information — current and insightful data about the situation on the ground, such as the needs of affected people, the supplies and services they require and the need for education to address socio-cultural obstacles.

If we can map all the data, we can figure out what needs to be done and who we need to partner with to get it done. Continue Reading »

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October 22nd, 2014
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Jia Chen, PhD, Director Health Solutions, IBM Smarter Cities

Jia Chen, PhD, Director Health Solutions, IBM Smarter Cities

By Jia Chen, PhD

In the most popular eldercare home located in the heart of downtown Beijing, there are more than 10,000 applicants waiting for one of its 1,100 beds. The waiting list is currently 100 years long as only a few beds open up each year.

By the end of 2013, there were more than 200 million people over the age of 60 in China, accounting for 20% of the elderly population worldwide, making it the country with the most senior citizens in the world.

China is also the country with the fastest growing aging population. It’s projected that the elderly population will grow by 10 million per year in China and reach over 400 million in the next 20 years. It took the United   States 79 years to double its elderly population from 7% to 14% of the total population. It will take China only 27 years to achieve the same growth. Continue Reading »

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SP Sensor on BoatBy Harry Kolar

One year ago, IBM, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Fund for Lake George announced the Jefferson Project, an ambitious effort to model the entire lake – its depths and shoreline – to get a holistic and accurate view of everything happening in and around one of the United State’s pristine lakes.

The goals of the project are multifold and include understanding and managing the complex factors impacting the lake, from invasive species, pollution, and other factors, to developing a template to use in other fresh water bodies around the globe. Continue Reading »

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Michael Dixon, General Manager, Smarter Cities, IBM

Michael Dixon, General Manager, Smarter Cities, IBM

By Michael Dixon

By 2030 the urban population on the planet is projected to reach almost 5 billion. This unprecedented growth gives rise to new challenges for city leaders seeking to grapple with long standing gnarly problems while encountering unprecedented complexity in new ones.

Emboldened by the levels of service they now take for granted from the private sector, people are demanding more from their cities. They are seeking a better quality of life through access to more and better services, at increasing levels of cost effectiveness. Continue Reading »

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Ingrid Haftel, Associate Curator, Chicago Architecture Foundation

Ingrid Haftel, Associate Curator, Chicago Architecture Foundation

By Ingrid Haftel

Big data is all the rage these days – from helping doctors diagnose patients by using analytics to sift through decades of historical information to allowing marketers learn how to better personalize experiences for customers. But there often isn’t the chance for citizens to see how data might affect their everyday lives up close and personal.

Here at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), we wanted to show citizens how data provides a critical lens for exploring and understanding the design issues that matter, like community health, safety and sustainability. To do this, we devised the upcoming exhibition Chicago: City of Big Data. Opening today, the exhibition explores the digital age of urban design and shows Chicago the effects of Big Data on the city’s lifeblood.

The exhibition strives to demonstrate the potential that urban data has to improve Chicago and, by extension, cities worldwide. We show citizens where urban data comes from by examining the city’s digital infrastructure and how it is used by architects, planners and citizens as part of their design process. As urban data increasingly influences modern architecture and urban planning, data becomes one of the most valuable materials of 21st century design.

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‘Digital Migration” – Winner of IBM’s The World is Our Lab – Africa photo competition.
(Photo: Lawrence Mwangi, Nairobi)


What happens when you ask an entire continent to illustrate its challenges and opportunities in photos?

That’s exactly what IBM’s newest research lab wanted to find out. IBM Research – Africa, which opened its doors last November, was created with an ambitious mission: to conduct applied and far-reaching exploratory research into the grand challenges of the African continent by delivering commercially-viable innovations that impact people’s lives. Though it opened with clear objectives and an understanding of many of the infrastructural concerns across the continent, the Lab wanted a more personal understanding of the challenges.

“We quickly realized that if we were to make a difference in Africa, we needed to operate outside of the walls of the lab,” said Dr. Kamal Bhattacharya, Director, IBM Research – Africa. “While we benefit from 25 PHDs from some of the world’s best universities, it is crucial that we enter a dialogue with the people who best understand their own realities.” Continue Reading »

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SP SmartcampTune in today between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time and 8:00 p.m. for live action for IBM SmartCamp Finals in San Francisco. Entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and IBM executives talk about the state of the startup world today and then eight young companies compete for the global Global Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Click here:

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Rod Adkins, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, IBM

Rod Adkins, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, IBM

By Rod Adkins

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of delivering the fall commencement address for my alma mater, Georgia Tech. More importantly, I also had the pleasure of watching my youngest son receive his diploma. This generational juxtaposition gave me an opportunity to highlight the ways in which my son and his fellow graduates will create innovations for a smarter planet that prior generations like mine could only dream of.

Data has become this generation’s new natural resource and, when combined with a new era of computing, it will enable today’s graduates to create previously unimaginable advances in whatever fields they choose to pursue. Continue Reading »

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Gary Cohen, Chairman, IBM Africa

Gary Cohen, Chairman, IBM Africa; General Manager, Global Communications Sector

By Gary Cohen

I recently met with the CEO of a company recognized as an IBM Global Entrepreneur — to discuss growth models and different types of innovation percolating throughout Africa. Only 18 months ago, his company had 80,000 customers; today they have 80 million — with plans to quadruple that number within two years.

While such growth is astounding, everything in Africa is defying tradition. Four core technology trends are serving as key transformation enablers in Africa – cloud, mobile, Big Data and social. These disruptive technology trends are enabling the kind of change that many would have thought impossible ten years ago, yet today, they are combining to positively impact the lives of Africans both socially and commercially. Continue Reading »

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Phil Guido, General Manager, IBM North America

Phil Guido, General Manager, IBM North America

By Phil Guido

Conventional wisdom tells us that cities and regions that face a shortage of a resource will likely be the most innovative out of necessity in conserving it. Apparently the leaders of Milwaukee don’t prescribe to this reactive thinking.

Milwaukee, which is situated on one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world, Lake Michigan, decided a few years ago to use its abundance of water to invest in becoming an innovation hub for it.

After only a few years, Milwaukee’s investments are paying off. Nearly 200 water-related businesses have joined together through a brand new industry, academic and government collaborative called the Global Water Center whose function is to be a source for leading edge water technology and solutions. Continue Reading »

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