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Dr. Robert Morris
As of July 2004, Dr. Robert Morris is Vice President, Assets Innovation. In this position his mission is to drive innovation for IBM Global Services, about half of the IBM company. This involves four main activities: the creation and commercialization of intellectual assets (typically technology) that can be used to improve service effectiveness; the creation and management of services methods and tools; knowledge management tools; and talent (professions, communities, etc).

Prior to July 2004, Morris was the director of the IBM Almaden Research Center where he oversaw scientists and engineers doing exploratory and applied research in hardware and software areas such as nanotechnology, materials science, storage systems, data management, web technologies and user interfaces. Morris was also vice president for personal systems and storage research, managing this worldwide research work within IBM. During this period he managed the creation of variety of new initiatives, including a joint research institute with Stanford on spintronics, a startup business on webscale knowledge mining and discovery (WebFountain), new technologies for distributed storage and client management, and a focused "services science" research effort. Previously, Morris was a director at the IBM T.J. Watson Research lab in New York, where he led teams in personal systems research and was the executive responsible for the Deep Blue chess machine. He began his employment with IBM at Almaden working on storage and data management technologies. Originally from Australia, he began his career at Bell Laboratories where he was involved in developing a number of communications and computing technologies.

Morris was named chairman of the Bay Area Science Infrastructure Consortium in 2002, an organization consisting of the heads of major research institutions in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. He has published more than fifty articles in computer science, electrical engineering, and mathematics literature and has received eleven patents. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California at Los Angeles and is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and a Fellow of the IEEE. He was an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computers from 1986-1991 and is on a variety of advisory boards for leading universities.

  Dr. Robert Morris


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