Distinguished Lecture

Technology for the Future

Honorable Zachary J. LemniosVice President, Physical Sciences & Government ProgramsIBM

For the past 70 years, IBM Research has produced numerous technology breakthroughs in both hardware and software that have powered the information technology (IT) industry. The last few years have seen profound shifts in IT with the rise of cloud computing, mobile engagement platforms, and the availability of big data. The research agenda today focused on four key areas: (1) reimaging computing "“ a quest for new materials, devices and architectures to radically change what it means to compute beyond classical scaling with new paradigms such as hardware neuromorphic computing and quantum computing; (2) developing core artificial intelligence (AI) platform "“ advancing the foundation of the most profound change in computing since the arrival of the programmable paradigm; (3) applying a deep domain expertise combined with data and AI to transform businesses, industries and the world; and (4) reinventing global business through blockchain by creating a shared and secure ledger to redefine transactions and make business friction-free.

Mr. Lemnios leads Physical Sciences and Government Programs, globally across IBM Research, to extend fundamental scientific understanding and breakthroughs that enable the future of information technology. Strategic initiatives include quantum computing, neuromorphic devices and architectures, molecular imaging, silicon nanophotonics, and magnetic memory technology. This team have been responsible for leading technical breakthroughs across the industry and many of IBM's major awards, including: Nobel Prizes, Kavli Prizes, and the Millennium Technology Prize.

Mr. Lemnios previously served as VP Research Strategy and Worldwide Operations. In that role, he led the formation and execution of the IBM Research strategy and operations across IBM's twelve global laboratories and network of collaboratories, led the IBM Global Technology Outlook and worked across IBM to set the strategic direction of IBM Research.

Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Lemnios served three terms in high level civilian leadership in the Department of Defense with detailed and extended interactions across the whole of US government and with leaders across US allied nations. Mr. Lemnios was confirmed as The Honorable Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering) by the United States Senate. In this position, Mr. Lemnios was the Chief Technology Officer for Department of Defense and shaped the Department's technical strategy to support the President's national security objectives and the Secretary's priorities. He launched Department and international initiatives in large data analytics, decision support, engineering education, electronic warfare, cyber, autonomy, advanced propulsion, hypersonics, and rail gun concepts as future capabilities for the nation. Mr. Lemnios also served as the Chief Technology Officer of MIT Lincoln Laboratory and led the development of advanced technologies in support of national security.

Mr. Lemnios received his BSEE from the University of Michigan and his MSEE from Washington
University in St. Louis and an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Tiffin University. He has served on numerous national security, industry and academic committees. He has authored over 40 papers, holds 4 patents in advanced GaAs device and MMIC technology and is a Fellow of the IEEE. Mr. Lemnios received special recognition from the Australian Government Department of Defence and was awarded Office of Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service and the Office of Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.

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