Moore's Lobby Podcast

Ep. 34 | The Latest from the Lab: How IBM Research Is Inventing What’s Next

Episode #34 / 53:22 / October 12, 2021 by Daniel Bogdanoff
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In this Industry Tech Days Keynote, Dr. Jeffrey Welser of IBM Research gives an inside perspective on how R&D turns science fiction into working products and which cutting-edge technologies are changing our industry drastically.

2021 marked the year that we saw the first functioning 2 nm chip. That milestone was accomplished by a team at IBM Research, one of the foremost research institutions on the planet for the electronics industry. From developing open-access quantum computing to scaling transistors—and raking in six Nobel prizes (so far) along the way—IBM Research demonstrates why research for its own sake is the lifeblood of progress.

In the upper echelons of this prestigious group is Dr. Jeffrey Welser, the Vice President of Exploratory Science and University Partnerships for IBM and a total nerd for CMOS devices. In this special ITD Keynote episode of Moore's Lobby, Dr. Welser talks with Daniel about the "spooky action" of quantum entanglement, the role of open source in innovation, and how to see the forest as well as the trees when it comes to pioneering new technologies. 

If you're into Moore's law, Dennard scaling, power density, neural networks, quantum computing, and learning about how research impacts the world of engineering, this episode is perfect for you. Come for the passionate discourse on technology; stay for the big reveal of a prospective "Welser's Law."


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About Dr. Jeffrey Welser 



Dr. Jeffrey Welser is the Vice President of Exploratory Science and University Partnerships for IBM. He is director of labs based in California, Tokyo, and Cambridge, specializing in AI, neuromorphic devices, and quantum computing. 

Dr. Welser has been at IBM Research for over 25 years and has been involved in projects from supercomputers to CMOS device design. His role is both research-oriented and public-facing as he heads up consortiums to introduce new technologies to academic, governmental, and industrial groups. 

He received his Electrical Engineering Ph.D. from Stanford University and is an IEEE Fellow, as well as a member of the IBM Academy of Technology.