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Michael Karasick

Michael Karasick
Vice President, Global Labs
IBM Research

Dr. Karasick manages research performed in IBM’s Global Laboratories, located in 7 countries. He is responsible for Research done in the context of emerging economies, such as Africa, as well as geographies with a long history of computing, with the ability to inject new technologies, such as AI, Blockchain, Cyber Security, into these regions.
Previously, Dr. Karasick was responsible for IBM’s World Wide Cognitive Computing Research agenda. In this role, he was responsible for a broad set of technologies -- many in close collaboration with IBM Watson. Prior to that, Dr. Karasick oversaw the productization of Watson, responsible for the evolution of Watson from a single application to a unique platform of technical capabilities, along with development of patterns, methodologies and tools for the creation of Watson Applications.
Dr. Karasick has spent his entire IBM career on the creation and productization of novel technologies, with leadership roles across IBM’s Research and Software organizations: Lab Director in Beijing (collaboration software development) and in San Jose CA (IBM Almaden Research Center); strategy/delivery responsibility for the IBM Research Software Portfolio; IBM’s Business/Technical strategist for IBM’s Software business; Director of Development for mobile and desktop platforms and technologies; IBM CTO for mobile computing; and Director of Development of mobile and sensor/actuator solutions.
Dr. Karasick began his IBM career in 1988 as a researcher with diverse research roles. He has published numerous papers in the areas of software engineering, geometric modeling, programming languages and compilers and mobile computing. He is also a prolific inventor, being recognized as an IBM Master Inventor. He received an Honors B.S. from the University of Manitoba, MS from McGill University, and PhD from McGill and Cornell Universities, all in Computer Science.