Director, Watson Ecosystem
Dr. Steven Abrams is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the Director of Technology, Solutions, and Partner Success for the Watson Ecosystem. He and his team are responsible for nurturing and growing the universe of companies that are building solutions on top of the Watson platform by providing technical and architectural insight guidance, and support. Prior to this he led Watson Life, a team of scientists, engineers, and designers tasked with understanding the role of cognitive systems in the lives of everyday consumers and delivering apps such as Chef Watson. He has had a wide variety of technical leadership roles across IBM Research and IBM Software group in areas as diverse as programming languages, models, and tools; high-performance parallel and distributed systems; human-computer interaction; cloud computing and DevOps; computer music; robotics; computational geometry; and 3D printing. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Columbia University.