Service Systems Executive Speaker Series and Working Group Talk
Speaker: Dr. Peter Williams,
CTO, IBM Big Green Innovations
Time: Thursday, January 27, 1:00-3:00pm
Location: UC Berkeley – CITRIS Headquarters, 330 Sutardja Dai Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-1764 [directions]
Title: Applications of information technology to water management - technology and services opportunities.
The talk will look at information and information technology developments that enable dramatically improved decision-making in the management of water resources and water infrastructures. It will include specific examples from IBM's activities in the area and will situate these improvements in the context of technology trends generally. It will also examine the services opportunities that arise from improved sensing, data availability, data integration and processing, and decision-making tools in water management.
Dr Peter Williams is the Chief Technology Officer for IBM's Big Green Innovations incubator, whose role is to create environmentally focused businesses for IBM. He is responsible for assembling, maintaining and developing the portfolio of businesses included, and technologies used. His particular focus areas have been PV technologies; developing green house gas reduction solutions and services; and most intensively, water management solutions, covering entire water resources (for example entire rivers or aquifers), utility infrastructures, and enterprise water management. Dr Williams holds the title of IBM Distinguished Engineer. By background, he is a management consultant with well over 20 years experience of bringing technology and business issues together to develop novel solutions and business models. A native of the UK, he has lived in California since 1999, and is married with three children. His PhD was awarded by the School of Management at the University of Bath, England, in 1986.