ECE Distinguished Lecturer Series - Aydogan Ozcan

ECE Distinguished Lecturer Series

Bernard S. Meyerson


October 5, 2016

The Cognitive Era: AI (Accessible Intelligence) Comes of Age

Bio: Dr. Meyerson, an IBM Fellow, serves as IBM’s Chief Innovation Officer. He also leads technical strategy and corporate initiatives within IBM’s Corporate Strategy Organization.
In 1980, Dr. Meyerson joined IBM Research, leading the development of high performance silicon:germanium communications technology. He founded and led IBM’s highly successful Analog and Mixed Signal business until 2003, moving on to lead IBM’s global semiconductor development alliances. Broadening his scope, in 2006 he assumed leadership of strategic alliances for the Systems and Technology Group. In 2010 he assumed the role of Chief Innovation Officer, his team focusing on the early identification of major technical and/or business discontinuities impacting business and society, their driving innovation across the breadth of IBM as required to proactively address the opportunities such discontinuities create. In 2013, his team integrated into IBM’s corporate strategy function, responsible for corporate-wide technical and business strategic initiatives. He also serves as Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on Emerging Technology, bringing forward the top 10 technology innovations seen globally each year to the WEF meeting in Davos.
Dr. Meyerson is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering. His numerous technical and business awards include: the Materials Research Society Medal, the Electrochemical Society Electronics Division Award, the IEEE Ernst Weber Award, the Electron Devices Society J. J. Ebers Award, and the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from SEMI. He most recently was honored with 2011 Pake Prize of the American Physical Society, recognizing his combined original scientific research and subsequent leadership in creating a major new business for IBM. In 2014 Dr. Meyerson was honored by selection to present the Turing Lectures at the Royal Institute in London, as well as across the UK, honoring Alan Turing, the individual credited with the creation of modern computer science. Most recently, Dr. Meyerson was honored with the National Medal for Public Service by the government of Singapore.
For his innovation efforts, Dr. Meyerson was cited as “Inventor of the Year” by the New York State Legislature in 1998, “United States Distinguished Inventor of the Year” by the US IP Law Association and the Patent and Trademark office in 1999, and again recognized in May of 2008 as “Inventor of the Year” by the New York State Intellectual Property Lawyers Association.