Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Kamal Bhattacharya-Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda - Carnegie Mellon University

IBM Research – Africa

Thursday, 21 March 2013


Dr. Kamal Bhattacharya
Director IBM Research - Africa lab, Nairobi, Kenya.

IBM Research - Africa is the 12th addition to the global IBM Research ecosystem. In a presentation that took place at Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda on Thursday the 21st of March, Dr. Kamal Bhattacharya spoke about the mission, goals and aspirations of IBM Research Africa. Using several examples, He described some of the strategic focus areas around Smarter Cities and e-government. Dr. Kamal Bhattacharya used these examples to furthermore illustrate some of the opportunities and challenges for big data in the African context.
Dr. Kamal Bhattacharya is the Director of the recently founded IBM Research - Africa lab, the 12th IBM Research lab, missioned to address key challenges of the African continent through commercially viable innovation that impact people’s lives.

Prior to moving to Africa, he held various leadership positions at IBM Research in the US and India.Dr. Bhattacharya’s technical expertise covers a wide range of topics in the area of Services research including business process management, cloud computing and enterprise social computing. 

Dr. Bhattacharya has been the recipient of multiple IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement awards and best paper awards at international computer science conferences for his contributions to Services research and is an elected member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He started his career at IBM after graduating with a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Göttingen University, Germany.