IBM Research

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IBM Research is a research and development organization consisting of twelve laboratories, worldwide.

IBM Research was established with the 1945 opening of the Watson Scientific Computing Laboratory at Columbia University.[1] This was the first IBM laboratory devoted to pure science and later expanded into additional IBM Research locations in Westchester County, New York starting in the 1950s,[2][3] including the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in 1961.[2][3]

IBM Research's global network of scientists work on a range of exploratory research projects in search of innovations that advance the capabilities of technology, as well as applied research projects, to help clients, governments and universities apply scientific breakthroughs to solve real-world business and societal challenges.



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Major undertakings at IBM Research have included the invention of innovative materials and structures, high-performance microprocessors and computers, analytical methods and tools, algorithms, software architectures, methods for managing, searching and deriving meaning from data and in turning IBM's advanced services methodologies into reusable assets.

IBM Research's numerous contributions to physical and computer sciences include the Scanning Tunneling Microscope and high temperature superconductivity, both of which were awarded the Nobel Prize. IBM Research was behind the inventions of the SABRE travel reservation system, the technology of laser eye surgery, magnetic storage, the relational database, UPC barcodes and Watson, the question-answering computing system that won a match against human champions on the Jeopardy! television quiz show. The Watson technology is now being commercialized as part of a project with healthcare company WellPoint.

IBM Research is home to 5 Nobel Laureates, 9 US National Medals of Technology, 5 US National Medals of Science, 6 Turing Awards, and 13 Inductees in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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  1. ^ "IBM Watson Laboratory at Columbia University". Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  2. ^ a b Beatty, Jack, (editor) Colussus: how the corporation changed America, New York : Random House, 2001. ISBN 978-0-7679-0352-3. Cf. chapter "Making the 'R' Yield 'D': The IBM Labs" by Robert Buderi.
  3. ^ a b IBM, "Watson Research Center: Watson Facility History"

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