Dr. Osamuyimen (Uyi) Stewart is an IBM Distinguished Engineer (one of IBM's top technical honors); and the chief scientist of IBM Research – Africa, the newest laboratory in IBM’s global network of twelve research labs that will focus on technological innovations germane to the African Continent. He has 20 years of experience in software and services research including speech interfaces, machine translation, natural language processing, mobile, and social computing. As a technology transfer specialist, he has led the implementation of real-world solutions used by millions of users. In the services industry, the largest segment of the information technology (IT) marketplace, he was instrumental to the formation of IBM’s Services Innovation Lab, responsible for the technical strategy and program management involving 200 researchers across eight global labs. Furthermore, he co-led the strategy that resulted in the establishment of IBM Research – Africa.
Dr. Stewart received his doctorate in 1998 from McGill University, Canada, for his work in generative syntax (published as an “Outstanding Dissertation in Linguistics”). He obtained a Master of Philosophy degree in 1991 from Cambridge University, England, after graduating with a First Class Honors from the University of Benin, Nigeria, in 1987.
Dr. Stewart has received numerous recognition for his work including IBM’s Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, along with other IBM Research Awards. He has also received the external Black Engineer of the Year Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution – Industry (2014, USA). He currently holds 8 patents and has authored over 50 publications in top journals and conferences. He is a passionate champion for "technological innovation in Africa for Africa" with interviews on CNN, BBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera, etc. In 2014, he was recognized by CNN's African Voices as one of 13 people who have shaken up the continent.