Stream: Supply Chain
Dr. Weldemariam is a Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect at IBM Research. He has more than 15 years of experience in information technology. His expertise spans broad concept-to-research-to-market experience acquired through numerous advanced technology research projects across systems, data ecosystems, artificial intelligence, supply chains, healthcare, agriculture, climate change, and related areas. Thanks to his interdisciplinary background, Dr. Weldemariam has a successful record of accomplishments in both industry and academia. In his current position as a Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect, Dr. Weldemariam drives innovative architectures (Data, AI systems, models, deployment, etc.), architectural specialization, augmentation, and integration of foundational accelerated discovery technologies and early products validation across Climate and Sustainability, Healthcare and Life Sciences, and Computing and Nanotechnology.
Dr. Weldemariam holds more than 270 patents and applications (in the fields of software technologies, artificial intelligence, Data, Blockchains, IoT; and domains such as Agriculture, Healthcare, Climate and Sustainability, Supply Chains, etc.) and is the author of over 90 peer-reviewed scientific publications as well as several articles in the media.
He has received numerous awards such as an elected member of the IBM Industry Academy (2021), IBM Master Inventor (2017 – present), won the Kifra Prize Award (2020), Fellow of the Next Einstein Forum (2016), and the Young Scientist World Economic Forum (2015). Dr. Weldemariam has received a B.S. from Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), an M.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (India), and a Ph.D. from the University of Trento (Italy), all in Computer Science.
In past (still actively engaged), he has (co)led numerous research and engineering programs and contributed to new products in the trade logistics, supply chains, agriculture, global health, climate and sustainability, small/medium-sized tech companies, and startups, personalized education space.