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Watson Health Solutions Technical Lead
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA


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Professional Associations:  IEEE, Senior Member


I joined IBM Research in 1989 as a Research Staff Member conducting research and managing projects in various fields of computer science until 2015 when I moved to Watson Health as a Solutions Technical Lead. My current responsibilities incude leading multidisciplinary team designing innovative data-driven solutions using cognitive computer components, statistical methods, predictive modeling and state of the art mobile technologies to solve health care and wellness problems, working closely with IBM Partners and customers to jointly design and deploy innovative healthcare and wellness solutions and collaborating with IBM sales, marketing to bring new solutions to the market.

My research contributions over the years span across various fields of computer science including data analytics,  predictive modeling and managing uncertainty in semi-managed business processes.  Some of the projects that I contributed over the years are highlighted below:

Cloud Analytics Lead: Extract insight from RTC data for DevOps Center of Excellence team. In particular, identify the causality between the incident reports and the deployments of change requests to determine which squad is more accountable for generating incidents, generate heat maps that dynamically and automatically determine the pressure levels for the squads based on the technical debt created under pressure, definine a performance metric for release managers:  throughput of work items ( work items closed/work items opened) (2014-15)

Research Lead and Advocate at CaixaBank-IBM Innovation Center: Identified Research projects relevant to CaixaBank’s business problems, initiate POCs, lead research activities,  coordinate the efforts of Watson Research, Innovation Center and Caixabank, organize workshops to facilitate Research presentations to Caixabank executive team, worked with the IBM team in Barcelona to create and manage an innovation portfolio for Caixabank.(2012-14)

Predicting the business impact of social media messages - Design and development of predictive analytics to measure the impact of virtual social conversations to the business of a financial institution. Apply the solution to a non-english speaking environment with the ability to automatically update the model based on new observations (2013)

Cloud placement policies - Design and development of a cloud placement policy that avoids over utilization by using statistical properties of the utilization value (2013)

Business processes with parallel paths - Analyze the impact of different path representation models to prediction accuracy in business processes with parallel paths (2012)

Continuous Auditing of Business Processes - Analyze business processes, identify key control points, information extraction rules, text analysis requirements and develop computational rules for automatic and continuous auditing (2007-2009) 

Enabling UIMA with OSGi - Managed the design and delivery of a Dynamic Module Enabler for Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) Component Analytics . This capability enabled UIMA developers and customers to bundle their analytics as formal OSGi bundles and make use of the component-based features of this emerging standard. (2006)

Development Tools for UIMA - Managed the design and the development of a set of Eclipse plug-ins to support full UIMA Application development cycle. The tools aim to help developers to accomplish tasks rapidly in the Eclipse IDE (integrated development environment). (2006)

UIMA Component Repository – Managed the design and the development of UIMA Component Repository. In 2005 UIMA component repository services, including component packaging, submission, registry and discovery became internally available. Repository is crucial in enabling asset reuse within UIMA community and accelerating UIMA adoption. The external version of the UIMA Component Repository is hosted by CMU Language Technologies Institute at http://uima.lti.cs.cmu.edu/ (2004)

Advance Enterprise Information Search and Delivery System – Managed the research team who designed and the developed a new information search and delivery architecture for ibm.com technical support services available at http://www.ibm.com/support , code-named Digital Blue or dBlue. This back-end system was designed and prototyped in the course of two years as the strategic solution for the ibm.com Support and Enablement organization, to increase customer satisfaction and reduce cost. dBlue is the underlying architecture of the "one Web" vision, providing one IBM technical support experience for customers with a single IBM support/service portal, tool set, and infrastructure. dBlue became available to IBM’s customers in September 2002. (2002)

Knowledge Access Manager (KAM) - Managed the design and the development of a search application which allows IBM customers to reach and analyze multiple information sources, send multiple queries to different search services simultaneously, merge and regroup the results based on user preferences and service agent data collected from their registered machines - all in a single session. IBM Integrated Technology Services division offered KAM as a Premium Search Solution to the customers in April 2001. (2001)

IBM Electronic Services - Managed the design and the development of e.Service project that enabled AS/400 customers with an IBM service contract who registered for this enhancement to get direct access to IBM technical support 24 hours a day via the Internet. e.Service continuously monitors service events and periodically gather environmental information, enabling more personalized fix recommendations. IBM made this solution available in October 2000. (2000)

Notes Automated Teleconference Scheduling - Designed and developed a solution that automates teleconference scheduling, rescheduling and cancellation tasks from Notes Calendar without any operator intervention within 10 seconds and meeting attendees are notified automatically. This saves about 10 minutes per scheduling task. The application became available in IBM US in July 1999, integrated into new R5 V3 template in 2001. The total number of reservations made through this application exceeded 100,000 this year and more than 1,000,000 minutes saved. (1999)

TurboConference - Co--designed and developed the critical teleconferencing components of this Web-enabled multimedia conferencing system. In particular, Web-enabled the control of the conferencing bridge. (1998)

Intelligent Transportation Systems - Worked as the communications technical lead in IBM ITS architecture development team. (1996)
Performance of Multimedia Servers - Performance and cost analysis of video server systems.(1994)

High performance switching systems - Conducted the performance analysis of switching systems, various computer communication protocols. (1989-93)
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