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  • Dr Alessandro Curioni
    Head of IBM Research in Europe
    Director of the IBM Research Lab in Zurich


Dr. Alessandro Curioni is an IBM Fellow, Vice President of IBM Europe and Africa and Director of the IBM Research Lab in Zurich, Switzerland. He also coordinates research in Security and the Future of Computing across IBM Research labs globally.

Dr. Curioni is recognized internationally as a leader in the area of high-performance computing and computational science, where his innovative thinking and seminal contributions have helped solve some of the most complex scientific and technological problems in healthcare, aerospace, consumer goods and electronics. He was a member of the winning team recognized with the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize in 2013 and 2015 for setting a record in supercomputing in fluid dynamics using 6.4 million threads on LLNL’s 96 rack “Sequoia” IBM BlueGene/Q, one of the fastest supercomputers in the world.

His current interests now include AI, Big Data and novel compute paradigms, such as neuromorphic and quantum computing.