Vice President of Cognitive Computing, IBM Research
Guruduth Banavar is vice president of cognitive computing at IBM Research, responsible for creating the next generation of cognitive systems in the Watson family. He has worked across IBM’s businesses to co-innovate with clients, for example, to build a city operations center in Rio de Janeiro. Banavar served on Governor Cuomo’s commission for improving New York state’s resilience to natural disasters after Hurricane Sandy. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Economist, and other international media, and he received a 2009 National Innovation Award by the president of India for the Spoken Web project.