Scott Gerard
Value-seeking, Horizon-aware, Data Scientist
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  • I love applying my deep expertise in data science, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) to multiple domains: Internet of Things (IoT), Eldercare, Watson Health, Watson Financial Services (NLP).

    While not as mature as vision or NLP analytics, IoT analytics are exploding in importance. There are many problems in this topic that are trickier and more complex than they first appear, from large-scale sensor conventions and deployment, to networking, to continuous data collection and management. And these must all be solved before analytics can even begin. In my most recent application of IoT analytics, we sensored up the apartments/homes of some elders and collected many months of data. Then I developed an IoT analytic to infer human activities of daily living (ADLs) from low-level sensor data. And I'm getting some good results.

    I'm a member of IBM Academy of Technology, which is 800 of IBM's top technical tallent.

    I've been active in intelectual property (IP) for many years. I'm an IBM Master Inventor with over 47 patents. I have reviewed thousands of patent disclosures and have chaired invention disclosure review teams for both Watson Health (NLP focus) and AI Eldercare (AI and IoT focus).

    My PhD dissertation was Designing, Verifying and Evolving Commitment-based Protocols for Business under the supervision of Professor Munindar Singh at NC State University in August, 2013. Before that, I received a Masters in Science (MS) in Physics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Bachelors in Science (BS) in Mathematics and Physics from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE.

    My entire professional career, I have intuitively believed that distributed software component architectures, in some fashion, were the future. And while components would clearly be important, I also came to believe they were only half of the solution. The "software wires" that interconnect components were a crucial element, overlooked by most designers. The software wires were much more than hardware wires, and would communicate much more than mere bits of information. I believed they would communicate high-level concepts and even structure the conversation between components. I generalize from components to multiagent systems, and from point-to-point software wires to multi-point protocols, but the basic ideas and motivations are the same. I pursue this research because I believe multiagent systems technology is a natural fit for our emerging interconnected business world. In its approach, my research focuses on the "wires" (protocols). I still seek to make this dream a reality.

    Interests

    • Analytics, Machine Learning and Data Science
    • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    • Multiagent systems (MAS)
    • Natural language processing (NLP)
    • Science fiction
    • Sailing

    Work Experience

    • 2016–present: IBM Research
    • 2011–2016: Watson for Financial Services and Watson Health
    • 2000–2011: Consultant and Architect to national and international clients

    Education

    • PhD in Computer Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.
    • Masters of Science in Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.
    • Bachelors of Science in Physics and Mathematics, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE.

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