Andrew J. (Drew) LaHart  Andrew J. (Drew) LaHart photo       

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Cognitive Horizons Network - Program Director
TJ Watson Research Center
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Professional Associations:  International Association of Accessibility Professionals

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I am the program director for the Cognitive Horizons Network, which allows IBM Researchers, world-class faculty, and top graduate students to work together on a series of advanced research projects and experiments designed to accelerate the application of artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing and related technologies. Projects are designed to apply the technologies to some of the world’s most enduring challenges, ranging from disease and the environment to transportation and education. The Network addresses the entire cognitive computing stack from analyzing the unstructured and structured data required to train these systems to building the new computing infrastructures needed to optimize the new data-intensive workloads of a truly digital world. Current partners include MIT, RPI, UIUC, U of Montreal, U of Michigan, UCSD, and UMBC. 

Previously, I managed the IBM Accessibility team that is responsible for product and service compliance, standards, tooling, testing, and consulting to all IBM Business Units. My overall outcomes included:

  1. building inclusive design techniques into all aspects of IBM Design and development
  2. creating an ecosystem of professionals that are skilled in Accessible Design, Development, and Test practices
  3. simplifing all aspects of accessibility guidance and process to be consumable.

I am also on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals.