Rania Khalaf

Director, IBM Research AI, Cambridge MA, USA

Rania Khalaf is the Director of AI Engineering at IBM Research AI where she leads teams pushing the envelope in AI platforms to make creating AI models and applications delightful for data scientists and developers. Her multi-disciplinary teams tackle key problems at the intersection of core AI, distributed systems, human computer interaction and cloud computing. Their recent projects include the Deep Learning capabilities in IBM Watson Studio, open sourced in part as Project FfDL and the AI Fairness 360 experience.

Prior to this role, Rania was Director of Cloud Platform, Programming Models and Runtimes where her teams' work resulted in Apache OpenWhisk and IBM Cloud Functions, [email protected], API Harmony and Amalgam8 (now Istio). Before that, she led efforts on Machine Learning in Business Process and Case Management and made foundational contributions to SOA and Web standards, earning awards including IBM's Extraordinary Research Accomplishment.

Rania serves on the Advisory Board of the Hariri Institute for Computing at Boston University, has lived in 8 countries, spent a summerin Indiateaching kids to code, and holdsa PhD with honors from U. Stuttgart and Masters and Bachelors in EECS from MIT.