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Talk: Smarter Cities and their Analysis

Event Details

March 8, 2019
10:30 am-12:00 pm

Isenberg School of Management

Room: N135

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission

Working together with sales, development, and product teams, IBM Research led the development of technologies, approaches, and solutions that enabled IBM to create a marketplace for products for cities. Rather than follow a "waterfall approach" the teams worked together to run pilots at cities associated with 12 IBM Research Lab around the world. Over 100 projects provided insight into the real operation of cities, the challenges they encountered and the value of Information Technology in improving city operations efficiency. This talk will review these projects, provide insights into the analytical approaches taken and explain how IBM developed a business from this activity.

Dr. Paraszczak currently works as a consultant to IBM’s Corporate Communications and Corporate Affairs group helping develop disaster response solutions. Using a combination of advanced technologies that help manage disaster related data with requirements that emerge from these events these solutions help organize the often chaotic situations on the ground, predict resource requirements and provide advanced analytics which create clearer situational awareness. Dr. Paraszczak retired from IBM Research in 2013 and returned as a consultant to the corporate citizenship group.

Dr. Paraszczak also works with the Lviv Business School in Ukraine, where he occasionally provides lectures. He created and ran a course on Smarter Cities at the school. Additionally, Dr. Paraszczak participates as an Executive in Residence at NYU where he establishes intellectual connections between the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) and NYU faculty and commercial enterprises, sharing years of industry expertise leading urban research efforts and international site development. Dr. Paraszczak was one of 2 key IBM employees who helped the Senior Provost of NYU develop the Center for Urban Science and Progress. He has managed relationships between AIG and IBM and NYU engaging NYU faculty in a number of programs ranging from risk analytics to IoT. Prior to his retirement, Dr. Paraszczak was the Director of the Research Industry Solutions and Smarter Cities program at IBM, where he helped global cities manage the demands placed upon infrastructure through research, and the optimization of the flow of resources and citizens through the city. He was responsible for the coordination of 10 global IBM Research Laboratories to address the opportunities cities increasingly face worldwide, and led projects in over 20 cities in the last 3 years.

Dr. Paraszczak also held prominent positions at IBM to grow entrepreneurial efforts. He was Chief Technology Officer of the IBM Venture Capital Group as well as Director of Technology for the IBM Research Emerging Business Group. Dr. Paraszczak identified and harvested innovation for IBM’s solutions and products, which helped IBM establish strong relationships in the venture community, drive integration, startup acquisition and grow venture strategies.

With respect to research, Dr. Paraszczak earned his PhD from the University of Sheffield, UK and since then he has over 55 publications in various areas of telecommunications, technology and systems, and holds over 18 patents in many fields, from materials science, lithography, plasma chemistry, chip fabrication to communications systems and smarter city analytics.