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About the IBM Research – Ireland Lab

IBM Research – Ireland was opened in 2011 focusing on big data analytics to improve the ways people and cities interact.  From this we have evolved a broad research program encompassing many approaches to improving the human experience of interacting with complex systems.  Our current emphasis is on Cognitive Technology for the Internet of Things,  Natural Language Processing, and Healthcare.   

We operate under a collaborative environment involving IBM scientists, industries and universities. In 2015, we opened a collaboratory with University College Dublin to advance cognitive and sustainable cities research capabilities. IBM Research – Ireland is also involved in many joint projects including research programs established by the European Union Horizon 2020 and pioneering collaborative projects with clients. Our new THINKLab recently opened welcoming deep dive workshops with clients in a dedicated and immersive environment to discuss and design solutions together.

We are using our broad range of competencies in cognitive IoT, edge computing and cloud, optimization and control, decision science, statistics, machine learning, large-scale modeling, data mining and assimilation, deep semantic reasoning and natural language processing to develop innovative solutions.

We are Hiring!

Researchers come to IBM to make an impact — on industry and on the world.  At IBM Research, you can collaborate with clients, universities and worldwide teams. You can work on multi-disciplinary projects that quickly lead to prototypes or long-term projects that last for years. Whatever you do, you will be in an environment that nurtures some of the most innovative and creative thinkers in the world.

We are interested in candidates with excellent technical skills who are willing to go beyond scientific investigation and follow their work through to impact, by building assets for our products and clients.

Apply for our current open positions.

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Meet the director

  • Wendy Belluomini

    Dr. Wendy Belluomini

    Lab Director,
    IBM Research – Ireland



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Innovating together

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Advancing Proactive Digital Integrated Care
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High Performance Systems on the Edge
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Cognitive Chemistry

STFC Hartree and IBM Research - Ireland are developing an integrated data analytics, modelling, and simulation capability addressing a broad variety of chemical and materials problems using High Performance Computing.


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2016 US-Ireland Research Innovation Award Finalist

Together with VELCO, our researchers have built an energy analytics platform, integrating high-resolution weather forecasts, smart meter data, and grid analytics. Watch the video


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