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2014

A high-bandwidth spintronic position sensor
22 Aug 2014. Published in Nanotechnology 25 (2014) 375501, DOI.
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CIQUS researchers develop an extremely simple procedure to obtain nanosized graphenes, which will be crucial in future electronic devices
15 July 2014. The prestigious journal Angewandte Chemie has recently published a work by CiQUS researchers (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain) in collaboration with IBM Research – Zurich (Switzerland), which describes an extremely simple method to obtain high quality nanographenes from easily available organic compounds.
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IBM Announces $3 Billion Research Initiative to Tackle Chip Grand Challenges for Cloud and Big Data Systems
10 July 2014. Scientists and engineers to push limits of silicon technology to 7 nm and below to create post-silicon future.
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The First Awarding of The Heinrich Rohrer Medals
30 June 2014. Winners Roland Wiesendanger, Yoshiaki Sugimoto and Jan Hugo Dil to be honored at the 7th International Symposium on Surface Science (ISSS-7).
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Defining the Future of Technology
27 June 2014. Interview with Dr. Matthias Kaiserswerth, Vice President and Director of IBM Research – Zurich, International Innovation.
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IBM Research Sets New Record for Storing Massive Amounts of Big Data
19 May 2014. Important tape storage milestone storing, protecting and accessing increasing volumes of Big Data.
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The Greek Mythical Hero of Storage Class Memory
6 May 2014. IBM scientists have big plans for phase-change materials, which they see as a critical piece of the overall storage hierarchy to improve the speed and endurance of enterprise-class systems to store and analyze Big Data.
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World's Smallest Magazine Cover: “Chiseling” the Future of Computing
25 Apr 2014. To create more energy-efficient clouds and crunch Big Data faster, we need a new generation of technologies including novel transistors. But before we can put these future technologies into mass production, we need new techniques for prototyping below 30 nanometers—the size where prototyping becomes increasingly difficult. One nanometer is 80,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair.
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New Physical Phenomenon on Nanowires Seen for the First Time
11 Apr 2014. Very tiny wires made of semiconducting materials — more than thousand times thinner than a human hair — promise to be an essential component for the semiconductor industry. Thanks to these tiny nanostructures, scientists envision not only a more powerful new generation of transistors, but also to integrate optical communication systems within the very same piece of silicon, making possible to transfer data between chips at the speed of light.
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The Evolution of IBM Research
8 Apr 2014. Looking back at 50 years of scientific achievements and innovations. Europhysics News.
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Alessandro Curioni erhält IBMs höchste Auszeichnung
3 Apr 2014. Dr. Alessandro Curioni wird „IBM Fellow” für seine wegweisenden wissenschaftlich-technischen Arbeiten im Bereich Supercomputing-Simulationen.
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Help Set a Guinness World Records
10 Mar 2014. IBM scientists are partnering with National Geographic Kids to set a Guinness World Records title for the world's smallest magazine cover. You can participate by voting for your favorite National Geographic Kids cover.
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CTOs come to Switzerland for inaugural event to discuss the business of R&D
6-7 Mar 2014. The IBM Research - Zurich Lab hosted a unique "Rüschlikon Dialogue" event with a distinguished group of CTOs and R&D executives from 23 companies across 10 countries.
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Scientists set new speed record for Big Data
13 Feb 2014. Ultra-high definition 4K movie or 40,000 songs from the Cloud could be downloaded in a few seconds.
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3D-stacked hybrid SRAM cell to be built by European scientists
4 Feb 2014. Scientists will apply new materials and design concepts to demonstrate a working prototype of a new type of SRAM cell by 2017.
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Learning molecular models from data
13 Jan 2014. One day soon, advanced biological processes like cell mitosis will be represented in mathematical expressions and/or computer code.
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2013

IBM Forscher beobachten Quantenphänomen erstmals in einem Kunststoff
9 Dec 2013. Bose-Einstein-Kondensation in einer dünnen Polymerschicht bei Raumtemperatur nachgewiesen.
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Helping clients securely and reliably migrate cloud data
6 Dec 2013. IBM inventors have developed new cloud storage software that provides a simple interface for clients to dynamically migrate data across multiple clouds, while keeping it confidential and secure.
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New international prize in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology based on surface science
Dec 2013. Established by The Surface Science Society of Japan (SSSJ) in collaboration with IBM Research - Zurich, the Swiss Embassy in Japan and Mrs. Rohrer.
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Scientists “burst” supercomputing record with bubble collapse simulation; Could lead to advances in healthcare and industrial technology
18 Nov 2013. 15,000 bubbles are simulated using IBM BlueGene/Q “Sequoia” at 14.4 petaflops of sustained performance, a 150-fold improvement over current state-of-the-art.
See also the IBM Research blog.
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IBM, ETH Zürich, PSI und die Universität Lugano erforschen zukünftige Computerchips mit „elektronischem Blutkreislauf”
13 Nov 2013. Interdisziplinäre Forschungszusammenarbeit für revolutionäre, vom menschlichen Gehirn inspirierte 3D-Chiptechnologie.
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Big Bang meets Big Data
11 Nov 2013. The world's largest big data and analytics project is tackling some of the most complex scientific questions, ones that have mystified humankind for centuries. Huffington Post.
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Wissen teilen
7 Nov 2013. Von Social Media zum Social Business — ein Megatrend für die Geschäftswelt.
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Symposium zu Ehren von Heinrich Rohrer
4 Nov 2013. An der ETH Zürich trafen sich gestern führende Wissenschaftler, um die Verdienste von Heinrich Rohrer zu würdigen. Der Physik-Nobelpreisträger und ETH-Alumnus verstarb im Frühling dieses Jahres.
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Moshe Remembers
3 Nov 2013. Moshe Rappoport has been at the forefront of computing ever since computers moved from huge data centers into offices and homes. Today, he is Executive Technology Advocate at IBM Research in Zurich where he helps develop new approaches to the use of emerging technologies.
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IBM and Swiss hospital test new tool for diagnosing cancer
23 Oct 2013. IBM scientists are collaborating with pathologists at the University Hospital Zürich to test a new prototype tool to accurately diagnose different types of cancer. This work is based on a technology developed by IBM scientists called a microfluidic probe, which slightly resembles the nib of a fountain pen.
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IBM and Libelium launch Internet of Things Starter Kit
21 Oct 2013. IBM and Libelium, the wireless sensor network hardware provider, today released an Internet of Things Starter Kit to enable dozens of sensor applications ranging from monitoring parking spaces or air pollution to providing assistance for the elderly.
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Two-factor security for mobile transactions
18 Oct 2013. According to a new report by ABI Research, the number of NFC devices in use will exceed 500 million in 2014. This statistic and the fact that 1 billion mobile phone users will use their devices for banking purposes by 2017 make for an increasingly opportune target for hackers.
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A tiny way to honor 150 years of Swiss and Japanese relations
9 Oct 2013. From the IBM Research blog.
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Young IBM researchers take on a cognitive computing challenge
31 Aug 2013. From IBM's Smarter Planet blog.
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IBM Zurich — A Success Story
16 Aug 2013. Physik Anekdoten, Swiss Physical Society bulletin.
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IBM Research Creates New Foundation to Program SyNAPSE Chips
8 Aug 2013. New generation of intelligent sensor networks that mimic the brain's abilities for perception, action, and cognition.
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The research dilemma can drive innovation
30 Jul 2013. How can research create value in the short term while achieving radical innovation in the long term? Bloomberg Businessweek.
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Neuroscience to benefit from hybrid supercomputer memory
12 Jun 2013. Collaboration among IBM, EPFL, and ETH Zurich.
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Heinrich Rohrer, Nobel Laureate and IBM Fellow, 1933-2013
21 May 2013. In memory of scanning tunneling microscope co-inventor.
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Earth Day: Collaboration aims to harness the energy of 2,000 suns
22 Apr 2013. High-concentration photovoltaic thermal system able to convert 80% of collected solar energy.
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Forscherin Heike Riel erhält IBMs höchste Auszeichnung
3 Apr 2013. Neue Rolle als Technologiebotschafterin der IBM Südafrika.
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IBM receives Swiss Tell Award for investment in new nanotechnology center
12 Mar 2013. Switzerland recognizes IBM's contribution to research and innovation in Zurich with the Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center.
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Big Bang Meets Big Data
11 Mar 2013. South Africa joins ASTRON and IBM to build the foundation for a new era of computing.
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Ultra-Fast Ethernet Research Improves Internet Speeds to 100 Gb/second
21 Feb 2013. Generates one billion analog-to-digital conversions per second.
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Dow Corning and IBM Scientists Develop New Materials for Board-Level Photonics
4 Feb 2013. New flexible polymer material made of high-performance silicone to create optical waveguides on printed circuit boards that can withstand extreme operating heat and humidity with no measurable degradation in performance.
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IBM Scientists Honored with Prestigious 2012 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology
14 Jan 2013. Another step towards revolutionary nanotechnologies that will transform our lives for the better.
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2012

Up in the air
Dec 2012. Lithium–air batteries hold the promise of great enough power density to fuel cars—but has their progress stalled in recent years? Published in Chemistry World.
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The industrial academy
Nov 2012. IBM’s Zurich Research Centre opened its doors 50 years ago, quickly becoming a world-leading research lab. But does it still live up to its illustrious past?
Published in Physics World.
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Nanoliter-volume “Swiss army knife” for pathology and cell biology
24 Sep 2012. A novel microfluidic probe technology being developed at the IBM Research – Zurich Lab could become a hot new tool in research laboratories and diagnostics labs.
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Swiss energy utility and supermarket chain pilot smart grid using renewable energy
21 Sep 2012. A new consortium was announced today to pilot a smart grid based on renewable energy in Switzerland. The unique project called FlexLast will use refrigerated warehouses as a buffer to help balance fluctuations of the availability of sun and wind energy on the energy grid. Flexlast is a collaboration between BKW FMB Energy Ltd, the electricity utility provider of the Canton of Bern, Switzerland; IBM; Migros, Switzerland's largest retailer and supermarket chain and Swissgrid, the national grid operator.
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From personal to PERSONALized medicine
20 Sep 2012. Personalized medicine has become a buzzword in the use of technology to transform medicine and patient care. Yet, healthcare is a people-based issue. It’s the intuition, the experience, the human sense and sensitivity that allow doctors and caregivers to excel in their profession. So the challenge is this: What can we do to smooth the transition to a medical world that is increasingly enhanced by, and dependent on, technology?
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IBM scientists first to distinguish individual molecular bonds
14 Sep 2012. Atomic force microscopy helps scientists to reveal the bond order and length of bonds within molecules.
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Learning from sand castles to build future chips
11 Sep 2012. In the United States, data centers already consume two percent of the electricity available with consumption doubling every five years. In theory, at this rate, a supercomputer in the year 2050 will require the entire production of the United States' energy grid. To address this challenge IBM scientists are researching vertically stacked chips, also known as 3D chip stacks. Right now they are developing innovative manufacturing solutions using a natural phenomenon that children around the world appreciate every summer while building sand sculptures—capillary bridging in wet sand.
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Phase-change memory chips, an emerging storage technology, could soon dethrone flash memory in smartphones, cameras and laptops
1 Sep 2012. PCM memory chips have several advantages over flash memory, which works by trapping electrons in an enclosure called a “floating gate”, built on top of a modified form of transistor. Published in The Economist.
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Unerwartete Kühleffekte rücken Quantencomputer näher
29 Aug 12. In der experimentellen Physik kann das Kühlen auf immer tiefere Temperaturen zur Entdeckung neuer Naturgesetze führen. Das Team um Prof. Dominik Zumbühl von der Universität Basel hat nun in Zusammenarbeit mit dem IBM-Forschungslabor in Rüschlikon beobachtet, dass in Nanostrukturen bei sehr tiefen Temperaturen ein bislang etabliertes Naturgesetz verletzt wird.
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IBM scientists "waltz" closer to using spintronics in computing
13 Aug 2012. Aiming to use electron spins for storing, transporting and processing information, researchers from IBM and scientists at ETH Zurich, a leading European university, today revealed the first-ever direct mapping of the formation of a persistent spin helix in a semiconductor.
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Breakthrough in high-performance computing
18 Jul 2012. Yves Ineichen, a pre-doc at the Paul Scherrer Institute working at IBM Research – Zurich, together with coauthors Costas Bekas and Alessandro Curioni and PSI, ETHZ coauthors Andreas Adelmann and Peter Arbenz have been awarded the European Supercomputing PRACE Award 2012 for their paper "A Fast and Scalable Low Dimensional Solver for Charged Particle Dynamics in Large Particle Accelerators." Yves Ineichen talks about his research at IBM and the potential impact of his work on the IBM Research Blog.
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IBM researcher Heike Riel wins innovation award
29 Jun 2012. Under the motto “Who Are the Women Shaping Switzerland?” the Swiss Association of Women in Engineering (SVIN) bestowed five awards to influential women in the natural sciences and technology. The five categories comprised Leadership, Technical Innovation, Women’s Development, Politics and Life Accomplishment. The award in the category Technical Innovation went to Heike Riel, physicist at IBM Research – Zurich. The awards were presented yesterday at SVIN’s 20th anniversary event at ETH Zurich.
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IBM Forscher Fabian Mohn erhält Preis der Schweizerischen Physikalischen Gesellschaft
21 Jun 2012. Im Rahmen der diesjährigen Jahrestagung der Schweizerischen Physikalischen Gesellschaft (SPG) in Zürich wurde Fabian Mohn vom IBM Forschungslabor in Rüschlikon mit dem SPG-Preis für hervorragende Leistungen auf dem Gebiet der kondensierten Materie ausgezeichnet. Der Preis würdigt im Besonderen die im Zusammenhang mit seiner Doktorarbeit erzielten Fortschritte in der Rastersondenmikroskopie.
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ETH Zurich, IBM and Paul Scherrer Institute researchers receive 2012 PRACE Award
18 Jun 2012. Today at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC '12), researchers from the renowned ETH Zurich, IBM Research - Zurich and The Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland's largest research center for natural and engineering sciences, received the 2012 PRACE Award.
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First commercial IBM hot-water-cooled supercomputer to consume 40% less energy
18 Jun 2012. The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, in collaboration with IBM, today announced the world's first commercially available hot-water-cooled supercomputer, a powerful, high-performance system designed to help researchers and industrial institutions across Europe investigate and solve some of the world's most daunting scientific challenges.
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SK Hynix and IBM sign joint development for PCRAM
10 Jun 2012. SK Hynix Inc. today announced a joint development agreement and a technology license agreement with IBM for the development of phase change random access memory technology.
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Markenschutz und Kommunikation sind zwei Seiten der gleichen Medaille
06 Jun 2012. Warum gezieltes Forschungsmarketing wichtig ist. Interview mit mit Erich Rütsche, verantwortlich für Business Relations bei IBM Research - Zurich und Business Development Executive der IBM Corporate Technology & IP Organisation.
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From doodle to creating a research lighting breakthrough
28 May 2012. A collaboration between the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the University of Warwick and IBM Research - Zurich has allowed scientists to bring a single molecule to life in a using a combination of clever synthetic chemistry and state-of-the-art imaging techniques.
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IBM Forscher Rolf Allenspach wird Einzelmitglied der SATW
26 Apr 2012. Die Schweizerische Akademie der Technischen Wissenschaften hat Dr. Rolf Allenspach vom IBM Forschungslabor in Rüschlikon zum ordentlichen Mitglied ernannt. Die feierliche Ernennung findet im Rahmen der SATW-Mitgliederversammlung am 26. April in Lugano statt und würdigt „seine wissenschaftlichen Pionierarbeiten auf dem Gebiet des Oberflächenmagnetismus, welche nachhaltig zum Verständnis der Grenzen des nanomagnetischen Verhaltens beigetragen und grosses Anwendungspotential haben“, wie es in der Laudatio heisst.
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IBM Research boosts Battery 500 Project with new materials partners
20 Apr 2012. IBM today announced that two industry leaders—Asahi Kasei and Central Glass—will join its Battery 500 Project team and collaborate on far-reaching research with the potential to accelerate the switch from gasoline to electricity as the primary power source for vehicles.
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From Big Bang to Big Data: ASTRON and IBM collaborate to explore origins of the universe
2 Apr 2012. ASTRON, The Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, and IBM today announced an initial 32.9 million euro, five-year collaboration to research extremely fast, but low-power exascale computer systems targeted for the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The SKA is an international consortium to build the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope. Scientists estimate that the processing power required to operate the telescope will be equal to several millions of today’s fastest computers.
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A new piece in the puzzle of lithium/air batteries: Computational study on the chemical stability of propylene carbonate in the presence of lithium peroxide
13 Mar 2012. A new type of battery made of a lithium anode and a porous cathode has attracted attention in recent years because of the large impact this technology may have on several fields, including electric mobility. In this context, the electrolyte role in non-aqueous lithium/air batteries emerged as a fundamental issue, the choice of the solvent being a key factor to achieve the highest possible energy density, while allowing the rechargeability of the cell. In the Full Paper, T. Laino and A. Curioni describe, with first principle methods, the chemical degradation of the propylene carbonate exposed to a layer of lithium oxide (in the picture, on top of an additional layer of porous material).
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Holey optochip first to transfer one trillion bits of information per second using the power of light
8 Mar 2012. IBM scientists today will report on a prototype optical chipset, dubbed “Holey Optochip”, that is the first parallel optical transceiver to transfer one trillion bits—one terabit—of information per second, the equivalent of downloading 500 high definition movies. The report will be presented at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference taking place in Los Angeles.
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Cloud-based secure desktop streaming from any PC
6 Mar 2012. Today at the CeBIT Fair, IBM is announcing the Secure Enterprise Desktop, an innovative service that enables corporate users to securely access the contents of their entire hard disk, including operating system, applications and company data, from anywhere in as little as two minutes.
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Battery 500 Project: 800 km range for electrovehicles
5 Mar 2012. IBM’s Battery 500 project, led by scientists at IBM Research – Almaden in California, is an interdisciplinary consortium to develop a lithium–air battery that aims to increase the range of electrovehicles to 500 miles (approximately 800 km). This is more than five times the range of today’s batteries, which average some 150 km per charge. If the project is successful, battery-powered vehicles could finally become a practical reality and thus overcome the main obstacle to becoming generally accepted and widespread: In a recent survey conducted by IBM, 64% of consumers said that the limited range was their strongest objection to driving electrovehicles.
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Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center bei IBM Research Zürich – Interview mit Dr. Roland Germann in Sauberkeit und Reinraum
28 Feb 2012. IBM Research – Zürich und die ETH Zürich betreiben auf dem IBM Campus in Rüschlikon in der Schweiz ein gemeinsames, hochmodernes Forschungszentrum für Nanotechnologie. Das Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnologie-Center bildet das Herzstück einer strategischen Partnerschaft in Nanowissenschaften. Gearbeitet wird unter anderem auch in speziell für die Mikro- und Nanofabrikation ausgelegten Reinräumen. Darin wird der Einfluss störender Partikel auf ein tolerierbares Minimum reduziert.
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IBM Research nanophysics breakthrough captures first-ever image of charge distribution in a single molecule
27 Feb 2012. IBM scientists were able to measure for the first time how charge is distributed within a single molecule. This breakthrough will enable fundamental scientific insights into single-molecule switching and bond formation between atoms and molecules. The ability to image the charge distribution within functional molecular structures holds great promise for future applications such as solar photoconversion, energy storage, or molecular scale computing devices.
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Microscopically small Ampelmännchen® demonstrate the performance of a new nanoprinting technique
22 Feb 2012. Scientists at the IBM Research – Zurich Laboratory in collaboration with the ETH Zurich have succeeded in positioning so-called nanotubes — measuring only 25 by 80 nanometers — on a surface in a highly precise and systematic manner using a special nanoscale orientation and printing process. To prove that their method works, the scientists constructed a standing and a walking Ampelmännchen® (pedestrian pictogram on traffic lights) of selectively oriented gold nanotubes. An interesting application of this method could be to provide counterfeit-proofing of valuable products such as watches, jewellery or works of art.
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Inspired by steel, nanomanufacturing gets wear-resistant carbide tip
8 Feb 2012. Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and IBM Research - Zurich have fabricated an ultrasharp silicon carbide tip possessing such high strength that it is thousands of times more wear-resistant at the nanoscale than previous designs. The new tip, which is 100,000 times smaller than the tip of a pencil, represents an important step towards nanomanufacturing for applications, including bio sensors for healthcare and the environment.
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IBM scientists create the smallest 3D map of planet earth
17 Jan 2012. The map, produced on a tiny sliver of polymer, measures just 22 by 11 micrometers. To put that into perspective, 1000 copies of the map could fit within a single grain of salt.
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New silicon probe assists in disease diagnostics and drug discovery
13 Jan 2012. IBM scientists have developed a flexible, non-contact microfluidic probe made from silicon can aid researchers and pathologists to investigate critical tissue samples accurately for disease diagnostics and drug discovery.
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IBM Research determines atomic limits of magnetic memory
12 Jan 2012. Punctuating 30 years of nanotechnology research, scientists from IBM Research have successfully demonstrated the ability to store information in as few as 12 magnetic atoms. This is significantly less than today's disk drives, which use about one million atoms to store a single bit of information. The ability to manipulate matter by its most basic components—atom by atom—could lead to the vital understanding necessary to build smaller, faster and more energy-efficient devices.
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2011

W3C announces first draft of standard for online privacy
15 Nov 2011. To address rising concerns about privacy on the Web, W3C publishes today two first drafts for standards that allow users to express preferences about online tracking:

These documents are the early work of a broad set of stakeholders in the W3C Tracking Protection Working Group, including browser vendors, content providers, advertisers, search engines, and experts in policy, privacy, and consumer protection. W3C invites review of these early drafts, which are starting points of work to come. W3C expects them to become standards by mid-2012.
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IBM and ABB scientists collaborate to improve energy transmission for more efficient grids
1 Nov 2011. Scientists at IBM and ABB, the world's largest builder of electricity grids, are using supercomputers to study and potentially develop a new type of high-voltage insulator that will improve the efficiency of transmitting electricity. An improved insulator has the potential to transform the power grid by reducing energy loss and outages caused by material deterioration when exposed to weather.
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Einblicke in ein neuartiges Laborkonzept
31 Oct 2011. Der atemberaubende Fortschritt in der Informations- und Halbleitertechnologie basiert auf der kontinuierlichen Steigerung der Integrationsdichten. Die Forschung beschäftigt sich heute mit Strukturen, die nur noch wenige Nanometer gross sind—die manchmal lediglich ein einzelnes Molekül oder wenige atome umfassen. Es überrascht also nicht, dass an ein Labor zur Herstellung und Charakterisierung solcher Bauteile aussergewöhnliche Anforderungen gestellt werden müssen.


Nun Innovation anpacken — Startschuss zur Aktion "Smarter Switzerland"
26 Oct 2011. Die im März 2011 am IBM Forschungszentrum von ManuFuture-CH und IBM Research-Zürich durchgeführte Innovation Week löste engagierte Diskussionen aus. Am 25. Oktober wurde das Buch "Smarter Switzerland" 2011 vorgestellt, welches die Gespräche resümiert und konkrete Aktionen zur Belebung des Produktionsstandorts Schweiz skizziert.
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IBM and EKZ make electric vehicle charging more convenient with new smartphone application
13 Oct 2011. IBM Research today announced that it has teamed with EKZ, the electricity utility provider of the Canton of Zurich in Switzerland, on a new pilot project that will allow consumers to conveniently charge electric vehicles and monitor their energy costs, using mobile devices. This near real-time information will also help utility providers better manage power grid loads during peak charging times — a challenge that is set to grow as more electric vehicles are on the road.
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IBM joins European consortium to build a smart grid using renewable energy
13 Oct 2011. IBM today announced it has joined a collaborative consortium to help develop an energy grid that uses at least 50 percent of renewable energy sources, such as wind power, solar energy and biogas. Led by a European Union-funded consortium, the EcoGrid EU project will demonstrate a smart energy grid that will allow smart devices to use renewable electricity based on near real-time pricing and availability.
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"You get to see the impact of your research"
20 Sep 2011. As part of IBM Research’s newly extended global summer intern program, eight undergraduate students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Union College, and University of Notre Dame, joined IBM Research – Zurich in Switzerland for two months. Before heading home, we caught up with most of them to hear about their experience.
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IBM und ETH Zürich erhalten Auszeichnung für zukunftsweisende Partnerschaft
15 Sep 2011. Seit fünf Jahren zeichnet die Schweizerische Vereinigung für Standortmanagement SVSM ausserordentliche Leistungen im Bereich des Standortmarketings und der Wirtschaftsförderung aus. Der diesjährige Award ging an die JUNGFRAU KLIMA-CO2OPERATION für das Projekt „CO2-Bilanz der Jungfrau-Region“. Mit dem zum zweiten Mal verliehenen Preis „Standortmanager des Jahres“ wurden Prof. Dr. Ralph Eichler und Dr. Matthias Kaiserswerth ausgezeichnet. Dies für eine wegweisende strategische Partnerschaft von ETH Zürich und IBM.
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IBM unveils cognitive computing chips
18 Aug 2011. Today, IBM researchers unveiled a new generation of experimental computer chips designed to emulate the brain's abilities for perception, action and cognition. The technology could yield many orders of magnitude less power consumption and space than used in today's computers.
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German Minister President Stanislaw Tillich visits IBM Lab
5 Aug 2011. Stanislaw Tillich, the Minister President of Saxony, the tenth largest German state, visited IBM scientists in Zurich at the IBM Industry Solutions Lab.  After meeting scientists and taking a tour of the recently opened Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center, he graciously spoke with A Smarter Planet blog.
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Article on silicon photonics in Electronics Letters, Vol. 47, No. 16.
4 Aug 2011. For the first time, a microdisc laser capable of both up and down wavelength conversion has been demonstrated by IBM. Jens Hofrichter from IBM Research – Zurich tells us how this has advanced the silicon photonics field.
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IBM announces new Innovation Lab dedicated to technology services
28 July 2011. IBM today announced the creation of the Services Innovation Lab (SIL), a new global lab that will initially comprise about 200 technology experts hand-picked from around the company. The lab will accelerate the expansion of real-time analytics and software automation in both IBM's technology services offerings and its global services delivery capabilities.
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Smarter Switzerland Innovation Week
8 July 2011. Be prepared to be challenged when entering a discussion about innovation with executive briefer Dieter Jaepel at the Industry Solutions Lab (ISL)—the place in the IBM Forum Centers network in Europe where clients can get in touch with IBM Research and explore the technology trends of the future and innovation.
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IBM scientists demonstrate computer memory breakthrough
30 June 2011. For the first time, scientists at IBM Research have demonstrated that a relatively new memory technology, known as phase-change memory (PCM), can reliably store multiple data bits per cell over extended periods of time. This significant improvement advances the development of low-cost, faster and more durable memory applications for consumer devices, including mobile phones and cloud storage, as well as high-performance applications, such as enterprise data storage.
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Q&A with nanoscience pioneer Sir Alec Broers
20 June 2011. IBM Fellow reflects on the future of nanoscience, IBM's contribution to IT in the past 100 years, and more.
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IBM and ETH Zurich open collaborative Nanotechnology Center
17 May 2011. IBM and ETH Zurich, a premiere European science and engineering university, hosted more than 600 guests from industry, academia and government, to open the Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center located on the campus of IBM Research – Zurich. The facility is the centerpiece of a 10-year strategic partnership in nanoscience between IBM and ETH Zurich where scientists will research novel nanoscale structures and devices to advance energy and information technologies.
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"Wir waren schon ein bisschen exotisch." Georg Bednorz, Physik-Nobelpreisträger und Entdecker der Hochtemperatur-Supraleitung, über den Erfolg einer gewagten Idee
19 Apr 2011. Im Jahr 1987 war das Nobelkomitee für Physik ungewöhnlich schnell. Sonst dauert es oft Jahrzehnte, bis wichtige Entdeckungen ausgezeichnet werden. Aber die Arbeit, die 1987 geehrt wurde, war erst 18 Monate zuvor eingereicht worden: am 17. April 1986. Die Physiker Karl Alexander Müller aus der Schweiz und Johannes Georg Bednorz aus Westfalen beschrieben darin einen neuartigen Supraleiter aus Keramik, der widerstandslosen Stromfluss bei weitaus höheren Temperaturen als bisher versprach. Dieses Versprechen war schon bei Verkündigung der Preisträger eingelöst. Von Christopher Schrader, Süddeutsche Zeitung
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IBM honors the 25th anniversary of high-temperature superconductivity
18 Apr 2011. Twenty-five years ago IBM scientists, J. Georg Bednorz and K. Alex Müller altered the landscape of physics when they observed superconductivity in an oxide material at a temperature 50 percent higher (−238 °C, −397 °F) than what was previously known. This discovery opened an entirely new chapter in the field of physics and earned them the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1987.
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Security and the Internet of Things
18 Mar 2011. In the next couple of years, there are expected to be 2 billion people connected to the Internet. At the same time, the instrumentation and interconnection of the world's human-made and natural systems is exploding—which could mean that there soon will be more things connected to the Internet than there are people who are connected. This Internet of Things promises to give people a much better understanding of how complex systems work, so they can be tinkered with to make them work better. But it also opens up a whole new sphere of insecurity. Each of those sensors is, potentially, a point of vulnerability to people who write malicious code for fun, or profit, or to further their political goals.
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Supercomputers the size of sugar cubes
1 Mar 2011. Energy consumption poses a critical challenge in the development of next-generation supercomputers and IT systems. Within the next 10 years, IBM scientists and developers aim to build computers featuring exascale computing performance, but with an absolute energy consumption that is not much higher than that of today’s largest systems. Exascale computers are capable of reaching a performance of one ExaFLOP/s, which corresponds to 1018 floating point operations per second. This is about 300 times faster than today’s fastest supercomputer.
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Scientists from IBM's global R&D labs show the future at CeBIT 2011
1 Mar 2011. The world of IT is looking to Hanover, Germany, this week, where the largest information technology show presents the latest, the hottest and most significant IT solutions and trends. At the IBM booth, IBM Research and Development takes center stage providing a glimpse of what's happening next on a smarter planet.
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C4 energizes computational sciences
22 Feb 2011. In 1956, IBM chose to establish its European lab in Zurich for several reasons, including close access to some of the best talent and skills in the world. IBM's lab director at the time, A.P. Speiser, knew that being only 10 minutes from world-reknowned universities such as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich and the University of Zurich would drive innovation for decades to come. And, as we know, he was right. Although he probably couldn't have imaged it back then, one such result of his forward-thinking is C4. Established in 1992, C4 is a network of computational chemists of the ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich and IBM Research - Zurich. The purpose of C4 is to advance the frontiers of computational sciences by carrying out cutting-edge research in the fields of chemistry, physics, biology and material science.
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A lesson for Canada from Swiss R&D
16 Feb 2011. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office employs 10,000 people (mostly scientists and engineers) to grant monopoly rights to the inventor of the next new thing — and to disclose to the world all the secrets it contains. In doing so, it makes a profit, a rare example (now that the U.S. Postal Service and Canada Post are losing money) of a competent user-financed government agency. For the U.S. patent office, business is good. Notwithstanding the turmoil of the times, it increased its payroll by 50 per cent in the past five years. By Neil Reynolds, The Globe and Mail.
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European research consortium to pilot digital privacy solutions at university and secondary school
28 Jan 2011. Today, on Data Privacy Day, a major research initiative was announced to pilot cryptographic technologies that enable European citizens to better protect their privacy and identities. The project, called ABC4Trust, uses privacy-enabling technology that will be piloted at a university in Greece and a secondary school in Sweden.
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2010

Forschen in den stillsten Räumen der Welt
26 Dec 2010. Eine stille Nacht soll es gewesen sein, damals in Bethlehem. Dieser Tage liegt der in vieler Hinsicht stillste Ort der Welt jedoch nicht im Westjordanland, sondern höchstwahrscheinlich in Rüschlikon oberhalb des Zürichsees. Dort, im neuen Nanotechnologie-Zentrum, installiert IBM sechs unterirdische Räume, die nahezu perfekt von allen äusseren Störquellen abgeschirmt sind. Von Joachim Laukenmann, SonntagsZeitung
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Der IBM Computer "Watson" fordert die besten Spieler der US-Quizshow Jeopardy! heraus
14 Dec 2010. IBM und die Produzenten der beliebtesten US-Quizshow Jeopardy! haben heute bekannt gegeben, dass das IBM Computersystem "Watson" gegen Ken Jennings und Brad Rutter, die beiden erfolgreichsten Spieler in der seit 1984 ausgestrahlten Show, antreten wird.
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Breakthrough chip technology lights the path to exascale computing
01 Dec 2010. IBM scientists today unveiled a new chip technology that integrates electrical and optical devices on the same piece of silicon, enabling computer chips to communicate using pulses of light (instead of electrical signals), resulting in smaller, faster and more power-efficient chips than is possible with conventional technologies.
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EU consortium launches advanced cloud computing project with hospital and smart power grid provider
22 Nov 2010. A European consortium including IBM; and Sirrix AG security technologies; Portuguese energy and solution providers, Energias de Portugal and EFACEC; San Raffaele (Italy) Hospital and several additional European academic and corporate research organizations announced Trustworthy Clouds or TClouds, a new virtual infrastructure project. The goal of the project is to prototype an advanced cloud infrastructure that can deliver a new level of secure, private and resilient computing and storage that is cost-efficient, simple and scalable.
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Gerhard Meyer erhält den Robert-Wichard-Pohl-Preis 2011
18 Nov 2010. Die Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) hat heute die Physik-Preisträger 2011 bekannt gegeben. Der Robert-Wichard-Pohl-Preis 2011 wird an Dr. Gerhard Meyer vom IBM Forschungslabor in Rüschlikon für „seine bahnbrechenden Forschungsarbeiten auf dem Gebiet der Rastersondenmikroskopie und –spektroskopie“ verliehen, wie es in der Preisbegründung heisst.
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At IBM's Zurich Nanotech Laboratory, Silence is Key. In PC World.
12 Nov 2010. Inside laboratory No. 2 at IBM's new nanotechnology research facility, no one can hear you scream. Once the heavy door is closed, the laboratory is essentially noise-free, insulated from electromagnetic waves and vibrations that can disrupt sensitive nanotech experiments.
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IBM goes for World Record in "Noise-Free" Labs. In IEEE Spectrum.
11 Nov 2010. Nearly imperceptible changes for either man or machine in temperature, movement and noise can be catastrophic for executing accurate measurements on the nanoscale. For this reason, IBM’s new Nanotechnology Center at its Zurich, Switzerland research campus has devoted approximately 10% of the new facility’s $60 million overall cost to constructing six rooms for different microscopy tools.
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European Union research initiative aims to increase electronic device efficiency by 10× and eliminate power consumption of devices in standby mode
27 Oct 2010. Today, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and IBM announced a major research initiative, with several leading academic and corporate research organizations across Europe, to address the alarming growth of energy consumption by electronic devices, ranging from mobile phones to laptops to televisions to supercomputers. The research project, called Steeper, aims to increase the energy efficiency of these devices, when active, by 10 times and virtually eliminate power consumption when they are in passive or standby mode.
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University of Lugano receives international IBM Shared University Research award
22 Oct 2010. Today IBM announced a Shared University Research (SUR) award, in the form of a modern high-end server, to Professor Dr. Walter Binder of the University of Lugano. The powerful new computer, an IBM Power 755, will be used to investigate future workload-optimized computer systems as part of a three-year research collaboration with IBM Research – Zurich.
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IBM scientist Jan Camenisch receives prestigious research award
7 Oct 2010. At the 17th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, held in Chicago, IL, ACM's Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control (SIGSAC) has awarded its top honors to Jan Camenisch of IBM Research - Zurich and to Bhavani Thuraisingham of the University of Texas at Dallas for their contributions to the computer and communications security community.
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IBM opens three new analytics centers in Europe
23 Sep 2010. IBM today announced three new Europe-based centers focused on analytics in Zurich, Switzerland, Budapest, Hungary, and Vienna, Austria — part of a network of global centers addressing the emerging market for advanced analytic capabilities needed to drive improved business decision-making..
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IBM and University of Aberdeen collaborate to identify molecules from the deep sea
2 Aug 2010. In a pioneering research project, for the first time, scientists at IBM and the University of Aberdeen have collaborated to “see” the structure of a marine compound from the deepest place on the Earth using an atomic force microscope (AFM). The results of the project open up new possibilities in biological research which could lead to the faster development of new medicines in the future.
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2010 R&D 100 awards winners
8 Jul 2010. The editors of R&D Magazine have announced the winners of the 48th annual R&D 100 awards, which salute the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year.
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Mit heißem Wasser grosse Rechner kühlen
6 Jul 2010. Die Kühlung von Computersystemen in Rechenzentren bietet ein großes und bisher weitgehend ungenutztes Potenzial für Effizienzsteigerung und Nachhaltigkeit. Aquasar, ein neuartiger heißwassergekühlter Supercomputer, der von IBM entwickelt wurde, zeigt dies auf.
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IBM unveils software to expand use of wireless sensor networks and further smarter systems globally
9 Jun 2010. IBM today announced a new software development kit to expand the ability of companies and governments to harness sensors and digital devices to design and build intelligent products and systems. The software, available as a free download, aims to increase the global adoption of wireless sensor networks by making them easier to program and use. The announcement was made at the 2010 Sensors Expo & Conference.
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IBM and MEMSIC bring ease of use to wireless sensors
9 Jun 2010. IBM today announced a contract with MEMSIC Inc., a leading micro-electromechanical systems and sensor solution provider, to offer one of its most popular sensors with new IBM software that enables enterprises to build smarter products and systems. The announcement was made at the 2010 Sensors Expo & Conference.
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Aquasar ist in Betrieb
6. Mai 2010. Mit dem Ziel, energiesparende und umweltfreundliche Hochleistungsrechner und Rechenzentren zu entwickeln, haben IBM und ETH Zürich vor einem Jahr das Projekt Aquasar ins Leben gerufen. Heute wurde der neuartige Supercomputer an der ETH Zürich in Betrieb genommen. Aquasar wird anstelle von Luft mit heissem Wasser gekühlt und gibt die abgeführte Wärme direkt an die Gebäudeheizung weiter. Das zukunftsweisende System soll neue Massstäbe in Energieeffizienz und CO2-Ausstoss setzen.
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IBM wins European Identity Award
5 May 2010. IBM Research was honored with the Best Innovation European Identity Award 2010 from Kuppinger Cole, an analyst firm focused on information security, identity, and IT governance. IBM's Identity Mixer technology was recognized for its pioneering work that offers simultaneously both strong authentication and privacy. The award will be presented this evening at the firm's annual European Identity Conference in Munich. Simultaneously, IBM Research is also announcing that the latest version of its IBM Identity Mixer technology is now available free-of-charge.
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IBM Research creates world’s smallest 3D map; brings low cost and ease of use to the fabrication of nanoscale objects
22 Apr 2010. IBM scientists have created a 3D map of the earth so small that 1,000 of them could fit on one grain of salt. The scientists accomplished this by means of a new, breakthrough technique that uses a tiny, silicon tip with a sharp apex — 100,000 times smaller than a sharpened pencil — to create patterns and structures as small as 15 nanometers at greatly reduced cost and complexity. This patterning technique opens new prospects for developing nanosized objects in fields such as electronics, future chip technology, medicine, life sciences, and opto-electronics.
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IBM scientist honored with Gerhard Ertl Young Investigator Award
12 Apr 2010. At the German Physical Society's (Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft - DPG) annual Spring meeting the organization's Surface Science division (Fachverband Oberflächenphysik) selected Dr. Leo Gross, IBM Research - Zurich, for the Gerhard Ertl Young Investigator Award, a new scientific prize supported by Surface Science, a journal of Reed Elsevier. Dr. Gross was selected as the prize recipient for his work on charge measurement of atoms and atomic resolution of molecules with noncontact atomic force microscopy (AFM).
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Swiss Biotech Association and IBM Research - Zurich launch life sciences & nanotech platform
1 Apr 2010. Over 25 professionals attended the first event of the Life Sciences & Nanotech Platform organized by the Swiss Biotech Association. Hosted and partnered by IBM Research – Zurich this networking event was the first one in a series to intensify exchange and knowledge transfer between industry and academia on the overall topic of Nanotechnology and Life Sciences. Industry platforms of the Swiss Biotech Association enable companies and other stakeholders, active in similar business areas, to pool interests and to discuss current expectations, future requirements and unmet needs.
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15 Moore's years. 3D chip stacking will take Moore's Law past 2020
9 Mar 2010. Some laws are made to be broken, and others are made to be followed. A team of IBM Researchers in collaboration with two Swiss partners are looking to keep one law in particular alive and well for another 15 years: Moore's Law. The law states that the number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit will double every 18 months. More than 50 years old, this law is still in effect, but to extend it as long as 2020 will require a change from mere transistor scaling to novel packaging architectures such as so-called 3D integration, the vertical integration of chips.
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IBM researchers develop energy-efficient method to analyze the quality of data at record speeds
25 Feb 2010. IBM Research today unveiled a breakthrough method based on a mathematical algorithm that reduces the computational complexity, costs, and energy usage for analyzing the quality of massive amounts of data by two orders of magnitude. This new method will greatly help enterprises extract and use the data more quickly and efficiently to develop more accurate and predictive models.
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Nanotechnologists from the University of Pennsylvania collaborate to form near-frictionless diamond material
25 Feb 2010. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and IBM Research-Zurich have fabricated an ultra sharp, diamond-like carbon tip possessing such high strength that it is 3,000 times more wear-resistant at the nanoscale than silicon.
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UBS to deploy IBM secure banking USB device
22 Feb 2010. Banking giant UBS has started deploying a device from IBM that ensures online banking transactions aren't being interfered with by hackers. IBM's ZTIC (Zone Trusted Information Channel) is a smart-card reader that attaches to computer via a USB cable. During an online banking transaction, it bypasses the Web browser and makes a direct SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) connection with the bank.
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IBM Research sets new record in magnetic tape data density
22 Jan 2010. IBM researchers today announced they have demonstrated a world record in areal data density on linear magnetic tape — a significant update to one of the computer industry's most resilient, reliable and affordable data storage technologies.
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Welcoming the "Great Minds" winners 2010
20 Jan 2010. The winners of the "Great Minds" 2010 student internship initiative come from universities in Croatia, Romania, Slovakia and Turkey. Six students will spend three to six months at IBM Research - Zurich in 2010 working alongside world-class scientists on projects ranging from storage technologies to business process modeling to mathematical and computational sciences.
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2009

IBM Research scientists receive IEEE Control Systems Technology and Outstanding Paper awards
18 Dec 2009. At its annual conference, the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) today announced two significant honors for IBM Research, namely, the 2009 IEEE CSS Control Systems Technology Award and the 2009 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award.
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Internationaler IBM Forschungspreis für Fraunhofer-Institut FOKUS
15 Dec 2009. Prof. Dr. Radu Popescu-Zeletin wurde von IBM mit dem internationalen Shared University Research (SUR) Grant Forschungspreis ausgezeichnet. Der Leiter des Fraunhofer-Instituts für Offene Kommunikationssysteme (FOKUS) und Professor am gleichnamigen Lehrstuhl der TU Berlin erhält den mit 50.000 US-Dollar dotierten Forschungspreis für die Entwicklung von Verfahren, die Nutzern sichere Transaktionen im Internet gewährleisten. Mit diesem Preis fördert IBM Vorhaben auf dem Gebiet der Datenschutzforschung. Zusammen mit IBM arbeiten die Wissenschaftler des Fraunhofer-Instituts an verlässlichen Datenschutztechnologien, die eine Voraussetzung für die Akzeptanz von Internetdienstleistungen sind. IBM steuert als Kooperationspartner die Software „IBM Identity Mixer“ („Idemix“) bei, die es Anwendern ermöglicht, sich im Internet zu authentifizieren, ohne die eigene Identität preisgeben zu müssen.
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IBM Research and VASCO present prototype for more secure online banking solutions
17 Nov 2009. At Cartes 2009, IBM and VASCO Data Security International, Inc., a leading software security company specializing in authentication products and an IBM Business Partner, demonstrated a prototype combining IBM's secure banking technology with VASCO's device expertise—bringing a new level of security to online banking for consumers.
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IBM scientists reinvent medical diagnostic testing
17 Nov 2009. IBM have created a one-step point-of-care-diagnostic test, based on an innovative silicon chip, that requires less sample volume, is significantly faster, portable, easy to use, and can test for many diseases, including one of world's leading causes of death, cardiovascular disease. The results are so quick and accurate that a small sample of a patient’s serum or blood, could be tested immediately following a heart attack, to enable the doctor to quickly take a course of action to help the patient survive.
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IBM expands analytics and risk management capability in Ireland
16 Oct 2009. Today, IBM and the Industrial Development Agency of Ireland (IDA Ireland) announced a new Risk Management Analytics research collaboration, joining IBM’s worldwide network of advanced analytic centres in the U.S., Germany and UK.
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IBM Researchers Honored by the Society for Computer Science for Smart ID Card
1 Oct 2009. Patrik Bichsel, Jan Camenisch, Thomas Gross and Victor Shoup from IBM Research - Zurich in Switzerland, have been honored with the 2009 Innovation Award by the Society for Computer Science's (GI), a nonprofit professional society with more than 24,500 members.
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IBM scientists effectively eliminate wear at the nanoscale
7 Sep 2009. IBM scientists have demonstrated a promising and practical method that effectively eliminates the mechanical wear in the nanometer-sharp tips used in scanning probe-based techniques. This discovery can potentially be used in the development of next generation, more advanced computer chips that have higher performance and smaller feature sizes. Scanning probe-based tools could be one approach to extend the capabilities, quality and precision beyond the projected limits of current production and characterization tools.
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IBM scientists first to image the “anatomy” of a molecule
28 Aug 2009. IBM scientists have been able to image the “anatomy” or chemical structure of an individual molecule with unprecedented resolution, using noncontact atomic force microscopy. This marks a milestone in surface microscopy and advances the exploration of using molecules as electronic building blocks for microprocessors and other nanodevices. These results hold potential to impact a variety of fields such as molecular electronics, catalysis or photovoltaics.
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Big Blue's Global Lab
27 Aug 2009. How IBM is forging cutting-edge partnerships around the world. Read this cover story of BusinessWeek, which features interviews with IBM's John Kelly and Matthias Kaiserswerth and their views on open innovation and collaboration.  Reporter Steve Hamm also talks about IBM Research in this video.
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IBM and ETH Zurich unveil plan to build new kind of water-cooled supercomputer
23 Jun 2009. In an effort to achieve energy-aware computing, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), and IBM today announced plans to build a first-of-a-kind water-cooled supercomputer that will directly repurpose excess heat for the university buildings. The innovative system, dubbed Aquasar, is expected to decrease the carbon footprint of the system by up to 85% and estimated to save up to 30 tons of CO2 per year, compared to a similar system using today’s cooling technologies.
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IBM scientists directly measure charge states of atoms using an atomic force microscope
12 Jun 2009. IBM scientists in collaboration with the University of Regensburg, Germany, and Utrecht University, Netherlands, for the first time demonstrated the ability to measure the charge state of individual atoms using noncontact atomic force microscopy. Measuring with the precision of a single electron charge and nanometer lateral resolution, researchers succeeded in distinguishing neutral atoms from positively or negatively charged ones. This represents a milestone in nanoscale science and opens up new possibilities in the exploration of nanoscale structures and devices at the ultimate atomic and molecular limits. These results hold potential to impact a variety of fields such as molecular electronics, catalysis or photovoltaics.
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IBM und ETH Zürich legen Grundstein für gemeinsames Nanotech-Labor
2 Jun 2009. Die ETH Zürich und das IBM Forschungslabor Zürich haben heute den Grundstein für ein gemeinsames Forschungszentrum für Nanotechnologie auf dem Gelände der IBM in Rüschlikon gelegt. Der Neubau umfasst 6000 m2, davon allein 900 m2 Reinraumfläche, und stellt ab 2011 eine erstklassige Forschungsumgebung zur Verfügung. Die Investition ist Teil einer strategischen Partnerschaft beider Institutionen und stellt einen Gewinn für den Wissens- und Wirtschaftsstandort Schweiz dar. Eine Zusammenarbeit steht auch weiteren interessierten Partnern offen.
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IBM and Wrocław Research Center sign joint research collaboration
27 May 2009. The Wroclaw Research Center, European Institute of Technology Plus (WRC EIT+) and IBM have agreed today to collaborate on the advancement of scientific research, graduate education and technological development in fundamental and applied sciences. The host of the signing ceremony was the Polish Ministry of Science and Education.
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IBM developing computing system to challenge humans on America’s favorite quiz show, Jeopardy!
27 Apr 2009. IBM today unveiled details of an advanced computing system that will be able to compete with humans on Jeopardy!, America’s favorite quiz show. Additionally, officials from Jeopardy! announced plans to produce a human vs. machine competition on the renowned show.
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IBMs «Zero Emission Data Center» gehört zu den innovativsten Green-IT Projekten in der Schweiz
18 Apr 2009. Das IBM "Zero Emission Data Center" wurde unter die Top-3 Green-IT Projekte als Anwärter für den "Green IT Innovation Award" in der Kategorie "Green IT-Lösungen für IT-Anwendungen" gewählt. Das zukunftsweisende Projekt aus dem IBM Forschungslabor Rüschlikon setzt auf eine neuartige, effiziente Wasserkühlung im Rechenzentrum und direkte Abwärmenutzung. Dies spart doppelt Energie und reduziert Kohlenstoffemissionen. Der von der Orbit, dem WWF, Öbu und business campaigning Switzerland erstmalig verliehene "Green IT Innovation Award" zeichnet  herausragende Green IT-Projekte aus, die dazu beitragen, die Wirtschaft von morgen energieeffizienter zu gestalten.
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Beating the backup blues
3 Apr 2009. That sinking feeling when your hard disk starts screeching and you haven’t backed up your holiday photos is a step closer to becoming a thing of the past thanks to research into a new kind of computer memory.
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IBM researchers honored with the Harvey Rosten Award for Excellence
19 Mar 2009. IBM researchers have been honored with the 2008 Harvey Rosten Award of Excellence for their work in overcoming a barrier in chip cooling by improving the application of a paste that binds chips to their cooling systems. The new technology will allow for faster computer chips to be cooled more efficiently.
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IBM joins EDISON project to build smart grid for electric cars
25 Feb 2009. IBM today announced its membership in the EDISON research consortium, a Denmark-based collaborative aimed at developing an intelligent infrastructure that will make possible the large-scale adoption of electric vehicles powered by sustainable energy.
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Leading organizations unveil new interoperability specification for encryption key management to aid IT security, compliance and data recovery
12 Feb 2009. Brocade, HP, IBM, LSI, RSA – The Security Division of EMC, Seagate and Thales (formerly nCipher) today announced the creation of a jointly developed specification for enterprise key management that is engineered to dramatically simplify how companies encrypt and safeguard information. The companies—leaders in enterprise computing, storage, and security—developed the Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) in response to customers' needs to enable the widespread use of encryption. The companies intend to submit KMIP to OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) for advancement through the organization's open standards process.
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Welcoming the “Great Minds” winners 2008
2 Feb 2009. Four students from Hungary, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine won the second “Great Minds” internship program of IBM Research - Zurich and will join the lab this year. The initiative was launched in 2007 to offer students from across Central and Eastern Europe the chance to win an internship at the renowned research laboratory.
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IBM marks more than 50 years of healthcare technology leadership
13 Jan 2009. Nearly 60 years after IBM played a major role in developing the heart lung machine, scientists and engineers from IBM Research continue to break new ground in modernizing healthcare.
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2008

New IBM Ph.D. Fellowships and Faculty Awards honor K. Alex Müller and other legendary IBM employees
13 Nov 2008. IBM has announced prestigious new Ph.D. Fellowships and Faculty Awards created to honor K. Alex Müller and other past famed IBM research and development leaders. The new programs are designed to put greater focus on nurturing technical talent and fostering innovation among women and diversity groups worldwide.
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“Security-on-a-Stick” to protect consumers and banks from the most sophisticated hacker attacks
29 Oct 2008. Resembling a memory stick with an integrated display, a prototype USB device developed at IBM Research - Zurich brings a new level of security to online banking for consumers. Pilot devices are ready and available to banks for trials.
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Moscow State University and IBM announce supercomputing collaboration
24 Oct 2008. Moscow State University (MSU) and IBM today signed an agreement to conduct joint research into nanotechnology using a Blue Gene/P supercomputer installed at the Department of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics. Advanced mathematical modelling and the huge computational power of the Blue Gene/P supercomputer will allow researchers from MSU and IBM Research - Zurich to perform cutting-edge research into new types of nano-scale circuitry which could one day lead to a radically new type of computing device.
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IBM–led European research consortium receives IAPP Privacy Innovation Award
24 Sep 2008. At the IAPP Privacy Academy 2008 in Orlando, Florida, the European research project Privacy and Identity Management for Europe (PRIME), which has been led by IBM Research - Zurich, was internationally recognized by the leading privacy association for its pioneering concepts and solutions for user-centric privacy and identity management.
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IBM Research - Zurich reaches out to students in eastern and central Europe with its "Great Minds" internship initiative
11 Sep 2008. In ten central and eastern European countries, computer science students can participate in this year's "Great Minds" program and get a chance to win internships at IBM Research - Zurich.
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IBM moves real-time communication and collaboration into 3-D
3 Sep 2008. IBM Research announced a new project, dubbed "Sametime 3-D," demonstrating the integration of Lotus Sametime with several virtual environments. The project showcases the business value virtual environments can bring to the future of unified communications.
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Das "Zurich Information Security Center" feiert sein 5-jähriges Bestehen
26 Aug 2008. Vor fast genau fünf Jahren, am 1. September 2003, wurde das "Zurich Information Security Center" (ZISC) ins Leben gerufen. Die Idee für die Gründung eines Kompetenzzentrums im Bereich der Informationssicherheit, das ETH-Forscher und Experten aus der Privatwirtschaft zusammenbringt, entstand in Gesprächen zwischen dem IBM Forschungslabor Zürich und dem Departement Informatik der ETH Zürich. Heute ist das ZISC international bekannt als eines der führenden Zentren in diesem Bereich. Hier entwickeln Forscher neue Lösungen für die stetig wachsenden Anforderungen an die Sicherung von Informationssystemen.
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Europe’s best student talents envision the future of IT at Big Blue’s Zurich Research Lab
18 Jul 2008. From July 2 to 4, IBM Research - Zurich hosted this year’s Best Student Recognition Event for 74 top students from 23 European countries. Organized annually by IBM in Europe since 2003, this event gives students an opportunity to get a glimpse of IBM’s areas of business, its strategy and broad spectrum of research, as well as a chance to meet and network with peers.
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IBM and ETH scientists advance supercomputing simulations to improve diagnosis of osteoporosis
2 Jul 2008. Using an IBM®Blue Gene/L supercomputer, scientists of the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and IBM Research - Zurich demonstrated the most extensive simulation yet of real human bone structures, providing doctors with a “high-definition” view of fragility or strength of bones they never had before. This achievement could lead to better clinical tools to improve the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, a widespread disease that affects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50.
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IBM and ETH Zurich form $90 million partnership in nanoscience
26 Jun 2008. IBM and ETH Zurich, a premiere European science and engineering university, today announced the formation of a partnership in the field of nanotechnology.
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IBM cools 3-D chips with H2O
5 Jun 2008. In IBM's labs, miniscule rivers of water are cooling computer chips that have circuits and components stacked on top of each other, a design that promises to extend Moore's Law into the next decade and significantly reduce the energy consumed by data centers.
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IBM Research unveils breakthrough in solar farm technology
15 May 2008. IBM today announced a research breakthrough in photovoltaics technology that could significantly reduce the cost of harnessing the Sun's power for electricity.
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University of St. Gallen rates IBM Research - Zurich a premiere industrial research lab
25 Apr 2008. A recent study conducted by the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland revealed that in central Europe the German Fraunhofer Institutes, the Max Planck Society and IBM Research - Zurich are perceived as the three premiere institutions in research and development (R&D), ahead of the R&D departments of Siemens and Philips. For this study, 112 European R&D managers were surveyed and asked to rank 33 public and industrial organizations.
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Lorenz Meier erhält Preis der Schweizerischen Physikalischen Gesellschaft
28 Mar 2008. Im Rahmen der diesjährigen Jahrestagung der Schweizerischen Physikalischen Gesellschaft (SPG) in Genf wurde Lorenz Meier gestern mit dem SPG Preis für hervorragende Leistungen auf dem Gebiet der kondensierten Materie der Schweizerischen Physikalischen Gesellschaft (SPG), ausgezeichnet. Der SPG-Preis würdigt im Besonderen die in Zusammenhang mit seiner Doktorarbeit gewonnenen grundlegenden Erkenntnisse auf dem Gebiet der Spintronik und deren Bedeutung für die künftige Informationsverarbeitung. Seine Dissertation mit dem Thema „Manipulation of electron spins in quantum wells with magnetic and electric fields" erarbeitete er während der letzten drei Jahre im Rahmen einer Forschungskollaboration zwischen der ETH Zürich und dem IBM Forschungslabor in Rüschlikon.
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EU funds project to pioneer privacy and identity management solutions in Web 2.0
27 Mar 2008. “PrimeLife“ – Privacy and Identity Management in Europe for Life – is a new three-year research project, funded by the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme with 10 million euros. Coordinated by IBM Research - Zurich and involving 14 other partners, its objective is to empower users to manage and control, throughout their entire lifetimes, their personal data and privacy whenever they participate in Web 2.0 technologies, such as social networks or virtual communities.
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Intelligent use of heat emissions in data centers of the future
3 Mar 2008. At the CeBIT 2008 tradefair scientists from IBM Research - Zurich will present for the first time a pioneering concept of a zero carbon emission data center achieved by the direct reuse of waste heat. The first prototype is not only extremely energy-efficient, but allows three-quarters of the IT operating energy to be redirected to such uses as to heat buildings. This is environmentally friendly and lowers overall operating costs. A powerful new kind of water cooling system embedded on the chip is the basis of this innovation.
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IBM unveils a green optical network technology prototype
28 Feb 2008. IBM researchers today unveiled the fastest and most highly integrated optical data bus ever developed. The prototype technology could bring massive amounts of bandwidth in an energy-efficient way to all kinds of machines—from cell phones to supercomputers. This could revolutionize the way we access, use and share information across many different applications.
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Breaking the performance barrier of 22-nm CMOS technology: Are high-mobility, non-silicon channel materials the answer?
19 Feb 2008. A major initiative has been launched in Europe with a top-ranked project called DUALLOGIC, Dual channel CMOS for (sub)-22 nm high performance logic. Co-funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Program (FP7) in Information and Communication Technologies, DUALLOGIC is the flagship of CMOS R&D in FP7. Mobilizing key European semiconductor IC and equipment manufacturers, top technology development laboratories, research centers and universities, the DUALLOGIC project is an endeavor to shape future CMOS generations beyond today’s 22-nm technology by achieving breakthroughs in nano-electronic materials, equipment, processing and device integration on silicon.
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2007

OSMOSIS project: Light speed communications for supercomputers
17 Dec 2007. The performance of tomorrow’s supercomputers will be dictated by their ability to exchange large volumes of data instantly between the hundreds of thousands of processors of which they are built. Using optical networks to transfer data throughout the system using light, researchers at IBM and Corning Inc., under a project sponsored by the US Department of Energy/NNSA, have succeeded in demonstrating the world’s most advanced and powerful optical packet switch. This novel switch is capable of transmitting 2.5 Terabits of data—equivalent to 20 high-definition movies—in a single second.
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IBM Research - Zurich announces winners of "Great Minds" student internship initiative
10 Dec 2007. IBM Research - Zurich—the European branch of IBM Research—has selected six students from Ukraine, Russia, Hungary and the Czech Republic for its first “Great Minds” internship program 2008. The new initiative was launched last summer to offer students from across Central and Eastern Europe the chance to win an internship at the reknowned research laboratory.
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Talent for innovation event raises interest in careers at IBM Research
13 Nov 2007. Sixty-five students from universities in Switzerland, France, Germany, and even as far afield as the US and India attended the career information event of the IBM Research - Zurich Computer Science department. This event gave students the opportunity to gain insight into some of our current computer science projects. Meeting with researchers as well as graduate and undergraduate students currently working at IBM Research - Zurich gave our young visitors a first-hand impression on what research at IBM Research - Zurich is like.
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Jo van Nunen receives Faculty Award from IBM Research - Zurich
8 Nov 2007. Jo van Nunen, professor of Logistics and Information Systems and chairman of the research department Decision and Information Sciences at RSM Erasmus University receives a Faculty Award from IBM Research - Zurich. The award honors his outstanding work in the field of Services Sciences in integrated supply chain management.
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IBM-Forscher Tobias Kraus mit dem SSOM-Preis 2007 ausgezeichnet
13 Sep 2007. IBM-Forscher Tobias Kraus wurde gestern auf der Jahrestagung der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Optik und Mikroskopie (SSOM) in Basel für seine Arbeiten über Anordnung und Drucken von Mikro- und Nanopartikeln ausgezeichnet. In Zusammenarbeit mit der ETH Zürich entwickelte Kraus eine vielseitige „Druck“-Methode für die effiziente Integration einer grossen Anzahl kleinster, funktionaler Partikel in mikrotechnisch gefertigte Bauelemente.
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Novel nanoprinting technique may lead to advances in biomedicine, electronics, and future chips
11 Sep 2007. IBM researchers in collaboration with scientists from the ETH Zurich have demonstrated a new, efficient and precise technique to print at the nanoscale. The method could advance the development of nanoscale biosensors, of lenses that can bend light inside future optical chips, and the fabrication of nanowires that might be the basis of tomorrow’s computer chips.
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"Great Minds" student-internship initiative launched at IBM Research - Zurich
11 Sep 2007. Today, at the Moscow State Technical University n.a. N.E. Bauman (MSTU), Matthias Kaiserswerth, Director of IBM Research - Zurich announced the "Great Minds" initiative. The program offers students from across Central and Eastern Europe, the chance to compete to win an internship at IBM Research - Zurich, the European branch of IBM Research.
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IBM unveils two major nanotechnology breakthroughs as building blocks for atomic structures and devices
30 Aug 2007. IBM today announced two major scientific achievements in the field of nanotechnology that could one day lead to new kinds of devices and structures built from a few atoms or molecules. Although still far from making their way into products, these breakthroughs will enable scientists at IBM and elsewhere to continue driving the field of nanotechnology, the exploration of building structures and devices out of ultra-tiny components as small as a few atoms or molecules. Such devices might be used as future computer chips, storage devices, sensors and for applications nobody has imagined yet.
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Durchbruch in der Analyse der Spin-Bahn-Wechselwirkung in Halbleitern
13 Jul 2007. In der nächsten Ausgabe von Nature Physics wird eine Arbeit publiziert, in der die kontrollierte Manipulation von Elektronenspins mit elektrischen Feldern demonstriert und die relevante Wechselwirkung zum ersten Mal vollständig charakterisiert wird. Dieses Resultat ist ein wichtiger Schritt in Richtung der Nutzung des Spins für Logikanwen-dungen in der Informationsverarbeitung. Die Forschungsarbeit entstand in einer Zusammenarbeit der IBM-Forscher Lorenz Meier und Gian Salis mit Ivan Shorubalko, Silke Schön, Emilio Gini und Klaus Ensslin von der ETH Zürich innerhalb des NCCR Nanoscience.
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PRIME project releases new White Paper
27 Jun 2007. Privacy and Identity Management in Europe – the PRIME Project has just released the second version of its White Paper. The document serves as an introduction into and overview of the PRIME Consortium’s findings shortly after entering the final phase of research.
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IBM triples performance of world's fastest, most energy-efficient supercomputer
26 Jun 2007. IBM today announced Blue Gene/P, the second generation of the world’s most powerful supercomputer. Blue Gene/P nearly triples the performance of its predecessor, Blue Gene/L—currently the world’s fastest computer—while remaining the most energy-efficient and space-saving computing package ever built.
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Using self assembly to create airgap microprocessors
3 May 2007. IBM today announced the first-ever application of a breakthrough self-assembling nanotechnology to conventional chip manufacturing, borrowing a process from nature to build the next generation computer chips. The natural pattern-creating process that forms seashells, snowflakes, and enamel on teeth has been harnessed by IBM to form trillions of holes to create insulating vacuums around the miles of nano-scale wires packed next to each other inside each computer chip.
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IBM milestone brings MRI technology to the nanoscale
23 Apr 2007. IBM today announced that researchers at its Almaden Research Center have demonstrated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to visualize nanoscale objects. This technique brings MRI capability to the nanoscale level for the first time and represents a major milestone in the quest to build a microscope that could "see" individual atoms in three dimensions.
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IBM moves Moore's Law into the third dimension
12 Apr 2007. IBM today announced a breakthrough chip-stacking technology in a manufacturing environment that paves the way for three-dimensional chips that will extend Moore's Law beyond its expected limits. The technology — called "through-silicon vias" — allows different chip components to be packaged much closer together for faster, smaller, and lower-power systems.
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Dritte Science Week weckt Begeisterung für Forschung
5 Apr 2007. Sechs Schulklassen und eine Lehrergruppe aus Zürich und den Nachbarkantonen haben an der dritten "Science Week" des IBM Forschungslabors in Rüschlikon vom 3. bis zum 5. April teilgenommen. Neben der Nanotechnologie bildete in diesem Jahr die Wissenschaft der Computer- und Internetspiele ein weiteres Schwerpunktthema.
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IBM's Peter Dill receives Mentor Graphics Award
29 Mar 2007. Continuing its tradition of promoting and recognizing printed circuit board (PCB) designer excellence, Mentor Graphics Corporation yesterday announced the winners of its 19th Annual PCB Technology Leadership Awards at the PCB Design Conference West in San Jose, USA. Among the winners for the longest running international competition of its kind for PCB designers in the IT industry was Peter Dill from IBM Research - Zurich.
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IBM researchers demonstrate world's fastest optical chipset
26 Mar 2007. IBM scientists reveal a prototype of an optical transceiver chipset capable of reaching speeds at least eight times faster than optical components available today. The breakthrough could transform how data is accessed, shared and used across the Web for corporate and consumer networks. The transceiver is fast enough to reduce the download time for a typical high definition feature-length film to a single second compared to 30 minutes or longer.
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IBM researchers unveil details of chip cooling breakthrough
22 Mar 2007. At the IEEE Semi-Therm Conference 2007, IBM researchers unveiled details of a new technique to significantly improve capabilities to cool computer chips.
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IBM supercomputing simulations support chip breakthrough
26 Feb 2007. IBM researchers announced an advancement in computer-based simulations that is helping to drive chip technologies to new heights of performance and function. A team of scientists at IBM Research - Zurich for the first time used advanced supercomputer-based models to more deeply understand and master the complex behavior of a promising new material—hafnium dioxide—in silicon transistors, the fundamental building blocks of computer chips.
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IBM Research - Zurich researcher Emanuel Lörtscher receives Swiss Physical Society award
22 Feb 2007. Emanuel Lörtscher of IBM Research - Zurich received the 2007 Applied Physics Award of the Swiss Physical Society (SPS) for his outstanding achievements in the field of molecular electronics—a hot new prospect for future information processing.
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IBM Forschungslabor Zürich erhält Top 5 Auszeichnung für Innovationsmanagement
5 Feb 2007. Das IBM Forschungslabor in Zürich erhielt vom Institut für Technologiemanagement der Universität St. Gallen eine Top-Five Auszeichnung als "Successful Practice" Unternehmen.
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IBM's new transistor to spawn next generation of chips
27 Jan 2007. IBM today announced it has developed a long-sought improvement to the transistor – the tiny on/off switch that serves as the basic building block of virtually all microchips made today.
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IBM software safeguards consumer identity on the Web
26 Jan 2007. IBM today announced software that allows people to hide or anonymize their personal information on the Web, ensuring protection from identity theft and other misuse. Developed by researchers at IBM's laboratory in Zurich, Switzerland, the software—called Identity Mixer—will enable consumers to purchase goods and services on the Internet without disclosing personal information.
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2006

DIADEM firewall tightens the net against attacks
6 Dec 2006. The EU project DIADEM Firewall is a prototype of a novel architecture to block attacks against large-scale networks—an increasingly severe threat in this IT era where businesses are becoming ever more networked to provide goods and services on demand. Together with their project partners, scientists at IBM Research - Zurich have developed a hardware module for large-scale, high-speed business networks. The technology gives businesses and network service providers entirely new capabilities to offer their customers secure, high-speed broadband services, thereby guaranteeing business-critical network availability at all times.
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ZISC Workshop of Europe's leading cryptographers
28 Nov 2006. The instant, worldwide exchange of information is an integral part of today's global economy and society. But this flow of information can be forged, falsified, misappropriated, abused or deleted by unauthorized persons. To protect information from unauthorized access, it must therefore be encrypted. This is especially true for online banking, e-payments with credit cards, transmission of confidential data, and electronic voting via the Internet. Cryptographythe mathematical discipline of developing methods to encrypt data is therefore becoming increasingly important.
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IEEE European Conference on Web Services 2006
18 Nov 2006. The entire Web Services World pilgrimages to Zurich to exchange the latest information on Web services, both from a practical, business-oriented as well as a research point of view. Participants will examine how Web services allow businesses to unlock the full power of their IT systems by coupling and thus leveraging the information they already possess.
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Optics to boost interconnect bandwidth in computer systems
13 Nov 2006. At this year's Electronica trade fair in Munich, IBM Research, Varioprint AG, and IntexyS Photonics are displaying a jointly developed optical interconnect system prototype that brings optical data transmission in computer systems closer to reality. Thanks to integrated optical technology, the processor-to-processor interconnect bandwidth can be increased significantly, which is a major requirement for future computing systems. The industry partners are presenting a complete novel board-level optical interconnect solution that features low-cost standard mass-manufacturability of the components and assembly.
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IBM licenses Clipped Tag RFID technology to Marnlen RFiD
8 Nov 2006. Privacy-enabled radio frequency identification labels now available for wide-scale deployment. IBM today announced it has completed a licensing agreement with Marnlen RFiD to produce IBM's Clipped Tag, which is now immediately available. The Clipped Tag, developed at IBM's Watson Research Center, allows consumers to tear off the majority of an RFID tag's antennae, reducing the tag's read range to just a few inches, ensuring consumer privacy while maintaining the benefits of the technology, such as product authentication or recalls.
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Heineken, IBM, Safmarine and University of Amsterdam launch wireless "Beer Living Lab"
26 Oct 2006. A new intelligent wireless project called the "Beer Living Lab" will track cargo container shipments of Heineken beer from Europe to the United States using satellite and cellular technology. The goal is to create paperless documentation through better system interoperability, resulting in faster deliveries and reduced costs for international trade.
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IBM researchers develop next-generation chip-cooling technologies
26 Oct 2006. IBM researchers have presented an innovative approach for improving the cooling of computer chips, an increasingly urgent need given the large amount of heat released by today's more powerful processors and the additional energy required for removing that heat.
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IBM Forscher mit renommiertem Schweizer Wissenschaftspreis ausgezeichnet
13 Oct 2006. Emmanuel Delamarche erhielt den diesjährigen Werner-Preis der Schweizerischen Chemischen Gesellschaft für seine innovativen Arbeiten auf dem Gebiet der Oberflächenchemie.
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IBM & Genome Institute of Singapore collaboration may lead to better understanding of cell process regulation
22 Sep 2006. IBM, in collaboration with the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) revealed results from a joint research study that could potentially alter our views of how cell processes are regulated. The two teams have discovered that microRNAs, small molecules that are an important regulatory component in the machinery of living cells, likely exert their influence much more widely than previously thought.
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RFID clipped tags among top technology innovations of 2006
13 Sep 2006. Among the runners-up for this year's Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation awards are the privacy-enhancing RFID clipped tags developed by IBM researchers Paul Moskowitz and Günter Karjoth. Clipped tags allow consumers to partially tear off the antenna, preventing long-range RFID readers from detecting and reading them, thereby putting consumer privacy back in the hands of the consumer.
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IBM researchers look beyond silicon technology and investigate molecules for the future of information processing
4 Aug 2006. Scientists at IBM Research - Zurich have demonstrated how a single molecule can be switched between two distinct conductive states, which allows it to store data. As published today in SMALL, these experiments show that certain types of molecules reveal intrinsic molecular functionalities that are comparable to devices used in today's semiconductor technology. This finding is yet another promising result to emerge from IBM's research labs in their efforts to explore and develop novel technologies for the post-CMOS era.
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International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology in Basel
4 Jul 2006. Will Basel become the “Woodstock” of nanoscience on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the scanning tunneling microscope, the instrument that in 1981 unlocked the nanoscale universe? The forthcoming International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology (ICN&T 2006) in Basel, Switzerland, from July 31 to August 4, has all the ingredients to write nano history.
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Matthias Kaiserswerth appointed Director of the IBM Research - Zurich
23 Jun 2006. Matthias Kaiserswerth has been named director of IBM Research - Zurich and Vice President Systems Management and Compliance. He succeeds Krishna Nathan, who is moving to the Technology and Intellectual Property organization of IBM as Vice President, Technology.
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IBM scientists image orbital reorganization upon bond formation
26 May 2006. Researchers at IBM Research - Zurich have succeeded in obtaining direct images of the orbital reorganization that takes place when a gold atom and a pentacene molecule form a complex on a surface. Apart from its scientific beauty, the atomic-scale precision in this single-molecule chemistry experiment breaks new ground in the contacting possibilities of single molecules, which could be of importance for future electronics.
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IBM researchers set world record in magnetic tape data density
16 May 2006. IBM researchers today announced they have demonstrated a world record in data density on linear magnetic tape, a dramatic indication that one of the computer industry's oldest and still most affordable data storage technologies has the potential to provide increased capacity for years to come.
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IBM researchers demonstrate new method for rapid molecule sorting and delivery
1 May 2006. IBM researchers have demonstrated a new nanoscale method that both rapidly separates very small numbers of molecules and also delivers them precisely onto surfaces with unprecedented control. When fully developed, the new technique has the potential to improve such diverse applications as medical lab tests and future nanoelectronic circuit manufacturing.
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IBM extends enhanced data security to consumer electronics products
10 Apr 2006. IBM today announced a new technology designed to greatly increase the security of consumer products, medical devices, defense systems and digital media. Developed by IBM Research and code-named “Secure Blue,” the new technology helps enable mainframe-inspired security typically only available in data centers.
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IBM launches services to combat worm and virus threats
27 Mar 2006. IBM today announced new intrusion detection capabilities to help clients detect, prevent and analyze hacker attacks.
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Enhancing semiconductors through nanotechnology
24 Mar 2006. IBM today announced that its researchers have built the first complete electronic integrated circuit around a single "carbon nanotube" molecule, a new material that shows promise for providing enhanced performance over today's standard silicon semiconductors.
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IBM Research demonstrates path for extending current chip-making technique
20 Feb 2006. IBM researchers announced they have found a way to extend a key chip-manufacturing process to generate smaller chip circuits, potentially postponing the semiconductor industry's high-risk conversion to an extremely expensive alternative.
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IBM scientists demonstrate chipset to boost wireless communications
6 Feb 2006. IBM scientists today announced that they have created a small, low-cost chipset that could allow wireless electronic devices to transmit and receive ten times faster than today's advanced WiFi networks.
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Zurich Research Lab celebrates its 50th anniversary
3 Feb 2006. Looking at the history of IBM's Zurich Research Lab, it becomes clear that innovation has constituted an integral part of its philosophy since the very beginning. This is illustrated by the broad range of research breakthroughs and other successes that have been achieved here in the past 50 years. And innovation will continue to be the driving force of future research. Thus it was only natural to choose the slogan "Celebrating Innovation - 50 Years IBM Zurich Research Lab" for the lab's anniversary activities that will take place throughout 2006.
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2005

Silicon photonics: IBM scientists harness "slow light" for optical communications
3 Nov 2005. IBM today announced its researchers have created a tiny device that represents a big advance toward the eventual use of light in place of electricity in the connection of electronic components, potentially leading to vast improvements in the performance of computers and other electronic systems.
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Technologieschub Pervasive Computing: Dialog über Chancen und Risiken in Rüschlikon
29 Sep 2005. Die Auswirkungen der allumfassenden, sich selbst organisierenden Vernetzung von intelligenten Objekten und IT-Systemen sind grundlegend: Das so genannte Pervasive Computing berührt sämtliche Grundlagen des wirtschaftlichen, politischen und sozialen Zusammenlebens. Auf der Tagung "The Future of Business and Society in an intelligent World" diskutierten am 29. September in Zürich namhafte Wissenschaftler und Manager im "Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue" Szenarien und Handlungsoptionen. Die Tagung stützte sich auf Ergebnisse einer Expertenzusammenarbeit zwischen Swiss Re, IBM Research und dem "Zentrum für Technologiefolgen-Abschätzung Schweiz".
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IBM and Maersk Logistics provide real-time cargo monitoring for global supply chain optimization
20 Sep 2005. IBM and Maersk Logistics announced today an initiative to bring real-time, enhanced visibility to global supply chain operations by improving the quality of container tracking, thus providing greater security for transported goods. The solution includes highly intelligent wireless tracking devices and an advanced technology network for use by manufacturers, retailers, logistics providers, carriers, and governments to share real-time cargo information.
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IBM researchers receive technology award of the Eduard Rhein Foundation
15 Sep 2005. The 2005 Technology Award of the Eduard Rhein Foundation will be awarded to two researchers of IBM Research - Zurich. Together with Professor Hisashi Kobayashi of Princeton University, IBM's Drs. François Dolivo and Evangelos Eleftheriou will receive this prestigious prize for their pioneering contributions to the data-recording technology in hard-disk drives, which enabled significant increases in recording densities and data rates for many decades.
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Ultra-Breitband: Neuer Megamarkt für drahtlose Kommunikation
5 Sep 2005. Die neue drahtlose Übertragungstechnik "Ultra-Breitband" steht unmittelbar vor der Markteinführung. Das zeigte die "2005 IEEE International Conference on Ultra-Wideband" (ICU 2005) Anfang September an der ETH Zürich mit einer Reihe von Fachvorträgen, Expertendiskussionen und Demonstrationen.
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PRIME privacy and identity management project releases White Paper
19 Aug 2005. Privacy and identity management are the central topics of PRIME. The project, in which IBM Research - Zurich has the technical leadership, has just released the initial version of its White Paper to launch a debate on these issues. The document focuses on groundbreaking solutions needed to protect the privacy of individuals against the risks emerging inm in the context of powerful technologies.
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BlueGene supercomputer installed at IBM Research - Zurich
11 Aug 2005. A new supercomputer enables IBM scientists to conduct true-to-life simulations for the design of microchips. It allows the computer-based design of novel materials that may eventually be used in the next generation of supercomputers.
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New "micropipette" enables the exploration of single living cells
2 Aug 2005. Scientists at IBM Research - Zurich have developed a ground-breaking device that opens new possibilities for biochemical analysis and diagnostics on the micrometer scale. The device's major breakthrough is its ability to manipulate biomolecules and single cells in their native cell-culture environment - which holds great promise for cell research in medicine and biology.
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IBM Research - Zurich researcher receives Swiss Physical Society award
14 Jul 2005. Heike Riel of IBM Research - Zurich has received the 2005 Applied Physics Award of the Swiss Physical Society (SPS) for her outstanding scientific achievements in the field of organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) for display technologies.
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Marketing Science prize for IBM Research
17 Jun 2005. IBM's CELM solution has won the 2005 INFORMS Society for Marketing Science Practice Prize, that recognizes the fusion of marketing theory and practice. CELM, developed at IBM Research - Zurich and jointly introduced with Finnair, is an innovative approach that leverages customer data to better understand customer lifecycles and determine current and potential future value of customers for optimizing marketing policies.
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IBM/EPFL Blue Brain project
6 Jun 2005. IBM and The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) announced a major joint research initiative—nicknamed the Blue Brain Project—to take brain research to a new level. Over the next two years scientists from both organizations will work together using the huge computational capacity of IBM’s eServer Blue Gene supercomputer to create a detailed model of the circuitry in the neocortex—the largest and most complex part of the human brain. By expanding the project to model other areas of the brain, scientists hope to eventually build an accurate, computer-based model of the entire brain.
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Evangelous Eleftheriou named IBM Fellow
25 May 2005. IBM announced that five employees will be named IBM Fellow—the company's most prestigious technical honor, among them Dr. Evangelos Eleftheriou of IBM Research - Zurich. The five honorees drive innovation in areas as diverse as nanotechnology, computer design and data storage.
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IBM creates new academic curriculum to improve services innovation
23 May 2005. IBM announced that it is making available to universities through the IBM Academic Initiative program a new academic curriculum called Services Sciences, Management and Engineering (SSME). The new course is designed to develop the skills required in the world's increasingly services-based economies.
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First IBM "Science Week" sparks thirst for knowledge
15 Apr 2005. Eleven school classes from throughout the canton of Zurich participated in the first "Science Week" hosted from 11 to 15 April by IBM's Zurich Laboratory. This gave youngsters hands-on exposure to selected science and technology projects.
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"Millipede" small-scale prototype shown at CeBIT
3 Mar 2005. Given the rapidly increasing data volumes that are downloaded onto mobile devices such as cell phones and PDAs, there is a growing demand for suitable storage media with more and more capacity. At CeBIT, IBM will for the first time show the prototype of the MEMS* assembly of a nanomechanical storage system known internally as the "millipede"

project. Using revolutionary nanotechnology, scientists at IBM Research - Zurich, Switzerland, have made it to the millionths of a millimeter range, achieving data storage densities of more than one terabit (1000 gigabit) per square inch, equivalent to storing the content of 25 DVDs on an area the size of a postage stamp.
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2004

IBM Privacy Faculty Award 2004
Dec 2004. Carnegie Mellon University academic Lorrie Cranor named winner of 2004 award.
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European Information Security Award 2004 for Direct Anonymous Attestation (DAA)
30 Nov 2004. The winners of the European Information Security Award 2004 were announced at the RSA Conference in Barcelona. In the category Research & Development, the award went to Jan Camenisch and Roger Zimmermann of IBM Research - Zurich, who developed the Direct Anonymous Attestation protocol (DAA) in cooperation with researchers from HP and Intel.
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IBM / ETH Center for Advanced Silicon Electronics (CASE) receives EEEfCOM Innovation Award 2004
Nov 2004. IBM / ETH CASE has received the Gerotron / Rohde & Schwarz / Agilent EEEfCOM (Electrical and Electronic Engineering for Communication) Innovation Award 2004 in the category Universities. The value of the award is €40,000 for equipment to be used within CASE.
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Sharp and IBM Japan collaborate on development of large-capacity IC card
20 Oct 2004. The IC card uses JCOP, a new embedded operating system developed at IBM Research - Zurich.
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IBM scientists receive The Economist Innovation Award
14 Sep 2004. Three scientists of IBM Research - Zurich have been awarded this year’s Economist “No Boundaries” Innovation Award. The prize was bestowed to Gerd Binnig, Heinrich Rohrer and Christoph Gerber for the invention and development of the Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM), which marked the birth of nanoscience and nanotechnology. The Economist Annual Innovation Summit & Awards celebrate the individuals and best practices that drive the most successful innovations that transform our global economy.
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MAFTIA project short-listed for EU Descartes Prize 2004
Sep 2004. The MAFTIA (Malicious and Accidental Fault Tolerance for Internet Applications) project has been short-listed in the field of information sciences for the annual EU Descartes Prize for Outstanding Scientific and Technological Achievements Resulting from European Collaborative Research.
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IBM scientists control the charge state of an individual atom
23 Jul 2004. Scientists of IBM Research - Zurich and of Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, have succeeded in manipulating and controlling the charge state of individual atoms. With this experiment, a new dimension of manipulation has been achieved.
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IBM Research - Zurich scientists win award for Privacy Enhancing Technologies
27 May 2004. Birgit Pfitzmann, Matthias Schunter and Michael Backes of IBM Research - Zurich's Computer Science department received the 2004 Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies.
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Winners of Swiss Olympiad in Informatics 2004 announced
18 May 2004. The winners of the 9th Swiss Olympiad in Informatics, a competition for young computer enthusiasts, are NAMES from PLACES.
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Interview with IBM Research - Zurich Nobel laureate Gerd Binnig in IEEE Spectrum
May 2004. An article entitled "A Beautiful Noise" by Harry Goldstein appeared in the May 2004 issue of IEEE Spectrum. It includes an interview with IBM Research - Zurich Nobel laureate Gerd Binnig, who discusses current issues in the field of nanotechnology.
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1st IBM Research - Zurich Alumni Convention a success
7 May 2004. IBM Research - Zurich hosted its first Alumni Convention. Former graduate students had been invited back to IBM Research - Zurich to meet not only their former colleagues but also the current generation of so-called pre-docs. The event provided the aspiring young scientists with information and career ideas for “life after IBM” as well as an opportunity to network with alumni.
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EU launches PRIME project for privacy and identity management
Mar 2004. PRIME—Privacy and identity management for Europe is a 4-year project whose objective is the research and development of solutions to empower individuals in managing their privacy in cyberspace.
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Swiss Federal Councillor Pascal Couchepin visits IBM Research - Zurich
30 Mar 2004. Hosted by Peter Quadri, General Manager of IBM Switzerland, and IBM Research - Zurich Director Krishna Nathan, Federal Councillor Pascal Couchepin and his team came to hear about the latest trends in IT.
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Zurich Laboratory awarded health and well-being prize
12 Mar 2004. IBM's Zurich Laboratory was awarded the 2004 Zurich Prize for the Promotion of Health and Well-Being at Work in the category of large enterprises.
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EU Research Commissioner visits Zurich laboratory
1 Mar 2004. Philippe Busquin visited IBM Research - Zurich in Rüschlikon on March 1 to get a personal impression of the scope of work pursued here. Busquin is the member of the European Commission responsible for research programs within the EU.
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2003

Optical technology program for supercomputers
Nov 2003. IBM Research - Zurich is involved in a $20 million project between Corning Incorporated, IBM, the US Department of Energy, and the US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to develop high-speed, optically switched interconnects for supercomputers. More details are provided in a joint press release.


Remote monitoring of health conditions
31 Oct 2003. IBM researchers, working with medical device manufacturers and mobile phone handset manufacturers, have created a unique solution to track vital health signs. The IBM technology, if adopted, could help limit a patient's health risk, increase his or her comfort level, reduce the number of check ups as well as time spent in hospital and enhance the effectiveness of pharmaceutical field tests. The solution includes a so-called "pill box" and a home-based blood pressure monitor that resembles a large wrist watch.
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New IT security center at the ETH Zurich
24 Sep 2003. The Zurich Information Security Center (ZISC) is taking shape at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, in collaboration with an industry consortium currently comprised of Credit Suisse, IBM Research - Zurich, and Sun Microsystems Laboratories. The ZISC initiators aim to forge closer links between fundamental research and practical applications and thus lay the groundwork for the secure systems that are essential to a functioning information society.
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Zurich scientist Heike Riel named top young innovator
Sep 2003. Heike Riel, a member of the Display Technology group at IBM Research - Zurich, has been elected to TR100, the annual list of the world's 100 Top Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT's magazine of innovation.
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Das Schweizer Team für die Internationale Informatikolympiade 2003 steht fest
24 Jun 2003. Nach Abschluss der 8. Schweizer Informatikolympiade für Jugendliche steht fest, wer die Schweiz bei der 15. Internationalen Informatikolympiade in den USA vertreten wird. Dies sind Jonas Wagner aus Boll bei Bern, Simon Felix aus Klingnau (AG), Anthony Bagwell aus Dully (VD) sowie Nicolas Cepeda aus Zürich-Altstetten.
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Supercomputer donation to University of Zurich
19 Jun 2003. After IBM Research - Zurich recently installed Switzerland's fastest computer at its site in Rüschlikon, it has now donated its previous supercomputer—a system of four towers with a total of 128 processors operating in parallel—to the Organic Chemistry Institute (OCI) of the University of Zurich. This donation will also support the planned collaboration between the OCI and the computational biochemistry effort at IBM Research - Zurich.
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IBM awards technology to Stanford University for computational photonics project
22 Apr 2003. IBM has donated a powerful computer system to Stanford University in CA/USA to support its groundbreaking work in modeling photonic material structures in collaboration with IBM Research - Zurich.
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IEEE honors Zurich LAN pioneers
14 Apr 2003. The IEEE has named Werner Bux, manager of the Communication Systems department at IBM Research - Zurich, and Hans Müller, retired senior researcher of the same department, as recipients of the 2003 IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award. The award recognizes the two IBM scientists for their contributions to the design, development and standardization of the Token Ring local area network (LAN). The legacy of the technology can be seen in today's high-speed, fault-resistant fiber optic LANs and Ethernet.
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World's largest OLED display
13 Mar 2003. Chi Mei Optoelectronics has announced the world’s largest organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display driven by amorphous silicon thin-film transistors (TFTs). Core pieces of the underlying technology have been developed at IBM Research - Zurich as well as at IBM research labs in the US and in Japan. Chi Mei’s press release on the subject and a photo of the novel display are available on Chi Mei’s Web site.
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2002

Heart rate monitor calls cell phone for help
19 Dec 2002. Zurich researchers, together with colleagues from IBM's Engineering Technology Services and IBM Corporate Design, have developed a small, portable, wireless device that measures heart rate and is able to sense when its wearer is in distress, then calls a cell phone for immediate help.
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Switzerland's fastest computer installed at IBM Research - Zurich
12 Dec 2002. Switzerland's fastest computer has been installed at IBM's Research Laboratory in Rüschlikon near Zurich. Ranked 70 among the world's top 500 computers, the system works at a top speed of more than a trillion operations per second. The computer will be used by IBM scientists to advance research in computational biochemistry and material sciences.
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IBM awards technology to University of Karlsruhe for grid computing research
13 Nov 2002. The Chair for Information Management and Systems of the Department of Economics and Business Engineering announced it has been awarded 34 computers worth more than 200,000 euros from IBM to build an infrastructure for experiments in electronic market engineering and grid computing.
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Zurich Extreme Blue project a success
22 Oct 2002. The team of four students from Australia, India, Italy, and Poland did an outstanding job of creating a working prototype of a traffic prediction system within three months of intensive work at IBM Research - Zurich in summer 2002.
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New director of IBM Research - Zurich
11 Jul 2002. Effective August 1, 2002, Krishna Nathan has been named Director of IBM Research - Zurich. He succeeds Matthias Kaiserswerth, who has been appointed Managing Director for IBM's Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) customer account.
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Extreme Blue team to develop "car data booster"
11 Jul 2002. A team of four students from Australia, India, Italy and Poland has started a three-month research effort at IBM Research - Zurich this week. Their ambitious goal is to develop a fully functional prototype of a traffic control subsystem by the end of September.
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IBM's "Millipede" project demonstrates trillion-bit data storage density
11 Jun 2002. Using an innovative nanotechnology, IBM scientists have demonstrated a data storage density of one trillion bits per square inch — 20 times higher than the densest magnetic storage available today.
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Optical time multiplexer
Mar 2002. IBM Research - Zurich announced the development of a miniature, low-loss optical 10 to 40 Gbit/s time-division multiplexer based on its novel planar optical waveguide technology at the 2002 Optical Fiber Conference (OFC) held in Anaheim, California/USA, March 19 - 21.
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Zurich Technology at 2002 Optical Fiber Conference
Mar 2002. IBM Research - Zurich will present dynamic gain equalizers and chromatic dispersion compensators based on its novel planar optical waveguide technology at the 2002 Optical Fiber Conference (OFC) held in Anaheim, California/USA, on March 19 - 21.
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First IBM Workshop on Protein Science in Europe
Feb 2002. On March 15 and 16, 2002, the IBM Blue Gene protein science project of IBM Research and the UK National e-Science Center will host the Protein Science Workshop "Blue Gene 2002" to be held at the National e-Science Institute in Edinburgh. The first Blue Gene workshop on Protein folding was held in 2001 at San Diego, California, USA.
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2001

IBM launches privacy and data protection initiatives
Nov 2001. IBM has announced the formation of the Privacy Institute, an IBM Research organization, and the Privacy Management Council to focus exclusively on privacy and data protection challenges facing its enterprise customers and the marketplace. Visit the Privacy Institute Website for more information on this important initiative in which IBM Research - Zurich plays a leading role.
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Investigation of novel materials for continued electronic chip miniaturization
21 Sep 2001. INVEST research consortium formed by nine partners, including IBM Research - Zurich. Its ambitious goal is to develop the use of new materials at the core of microelectronic chips, which will be crucial for continued miniaturization well beyond the foreseeable limits of today's technology.
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Switch chip based on Zurich's Prizma switch architecture moves network traffic four times faster
Sep 2001. IBM announced a new packet routing switch (PRS) based on the Prizma Switch architecture developed at IBM Research - Zurich. The new chip, PowerPRS Q-64G, performs four times faster than the previous generation, yet does so with a far more compact design.
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"Bio-printing" — an efficient new method in biotechnology
1 Sep 2001. Scientists at IBM Research - Zurich and the University of Zurich have developed a new printing method that may greatly improve the ability to extract molecules from fluids and to place them in arbitrary patterns on surfaces, which is widely required for investigation and analysis in biotechnology.
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IBM and ETH open competence center in advanced communication technologies
30 Aug 2001. IBM and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich open a new center at ETH for the design of novel high-frequency analog circuits crucial to the advance of wired and wireless communication technologies.
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IBM develops Java card for Migros Bank
12 Jul 2001. Migros Bank has issued chip cards with digital certificates for Internet banking to 1,000 selected customers. This pilot program allows customers to access their accounts by means of a modern Java smart card that contains a personal certificate. This eliminates the need for a strike-off list of additional passwords.
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"Extreme Blue" at IBM Research - Zurich
11 Jul 2001. Research marathon for students. This week, two international teams of students have embarked on a three-month research marathon at IBM Research - Zurich. Their goal: to produce functional software prototypes by October.
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More efficient network traffic engineering
May 2001. Dramatically increasing data traffic on the Internet calls for the best possible use of network resources in an ever more complex environment. These requirements are met by drawing on more and more intelligence provided by network processors.
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2000

Mobile Solution Innovation Center at Zurich-Mobile e-business institute to coordinate research initiatives
5 Dec 2000. IBM has announced a network of Mobile e-business Innovation Centers in Europe to help customers and partners develop the next generation of mobile e-business solutions.
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Major smart card industry players support price breakthrough for OpenPlatform smart cards
12 Oct 2000. A major program to offer Visa member banks a family of low-cost multiapplication smart cards has been launched by Visa International, together with IBM and Philips Semiconductors, supported by four major smart card manufacturers.
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Censio Internet insurance based on Zurich's virtual marketplace technology
29 Aug 2000. IBM, Siebel Systems, and Internet insurance broker Censio have jointly developed a new, integrated e-commerce system that for the first time ever makes it possible to use the Internet to compare the quality of different insurances instead of merely comparing prices.
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Zurich signal processing technology in IBM's 1 GB Microdrive
Jul 2000. Performance of the world's smallest hard disk drive, IBM's Microdrive that now carries up to 1 GB of data on a disk 2.7 cm in diameter relies on noise-predictive maximum-likelihood (NPML) detection for reliable recovery of data from readback signals.
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Leading-edge smart card technology meets sophisticated watch technology
Jul 2000. IBM, Philips Semiconductors and Junghans have created an exciting new type of watch, worn exactly like a standard wristwatch, but one which provides far greater functionality than just time measurement.
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Significant extension of IBM's Zurich Laboratory completed
15 Jun 2000. A handsome new building on the campus of IBM Research - Zurich is a tangible manifestation of the extension of IBM's activities in Rüschlikon.
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New director of IBM Research - Zurich
30 May 2000. Matthias Kaiserswerth has been appointed Director of IBM Research - Zurich. As of June 1, he will succeed David McQueeney, who continues as Vice President, Emerging Business.
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IBM and university researchers uncover a new biomechanical phenomenon using tiny silicon fingers
13 Apr 2000. Scientists from IBM Research and the University of Basel have found a new approach for using tiny biochemical "machines" made of silicon to detect defects in DNA, which could eventually lead to new medical treatments.
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The smart way to access UBS telebanking
30 Mar 2000. For the first time ever, a bank in Switzerland is launching a public field test involving digital ID certificates on smart cards.
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Synchrotron radiation reveals secrets of antiferromagnetism
11 Feb 2000. The PEEM2 microscope has produced the first images of the domain structure of an antiferromagnetic thin film—a type of material vital to advanced magnetic devices such as the read heads of computer hard-disk drives.
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1999

Swissair, IBM first to enable passengers to check in from mobile phones
16 Dec 1999. In support of Swissair's new levels of customer care IBM has developed an application which enables selected Swissair passengers to check in from web enabled mobile phones.
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IBM presents world's first dual-interface OpenPlatform JavaCard
22 Nov 1999. A technology demonstration of the world's first dual-interface OpenPlatform JavaCard™ based on Philips Semiconductors' MIFARE PRO chip is being shown by IBM Research - Zurich at the Cartes '99 fair.
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1000 tips for ultrahigh-density data storage
13 Oct 1999. A novel concept developed at IBM Research - Zurich promises high-density storage.
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Communication Research and Development Center established
29 Sep 1999. IBM Research and the Microelectronics Division (IMD) jointly sponsor the Communication Research and Development Center (CRDC).
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Zurich inventions in infrared products
31 May 1999. IBM announced the first family of high-speed, low-cost, multipoint wireless networking products based on the advanced infrared (AIr) connectivity standard.
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IBM's European Industry Solutions Lab to be moved to Zurich Laboratory
16 Apr 1999. Relocated to Rüschlikon, Switzerland, on the site of IBM Research - Zurich.
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Ground-breaking for a new building at IBM Research - Zurich
16 Apr 1999. Construction has begun for a new extension to IBM Research - Zurich.
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New director of IBM Research - Zurich
24 Mar 1999. David F. McQueeney appointed director of IBM Research - Zurich.
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1998

From first principles to industrial applications
19 Oct 1998. Researchers at Ford and IBM have completed the first realistic simulations of the hydration of aluminum oxide surfaces by using first principles (ab initio) computational methods.
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Java-based multi-function smart card technology
24 Sep 1998. IBM demonstrated for the first time a prototype implementation of Java technology on a smart card at the Defending Cyberspace '98 conference in Washington, D.C.
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Researchers close security gap in the Internet
24 Aug 1998. Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and IBM Research - Zurich in Rüschlikon, co-developed a method to protect information from even the most aggressive hacking attacks.
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Researchers reveal method for doubling superconducting transition temperature
30 Jul 1998. Scientists have succeeded in doubling the transition temperature at which a material becomes superconducting and loses all resistance to the transport of electrical current.
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Discovery of molecular wheel offers promise for design of nanoscale devices
24 Jul 1998. IBM scientists and a team of international collaborators  reported the discovery of "molecular wheels": propeller-shaped molecules that rotate rapidly in a bearing-like structure formed by surrounding molecules.
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Low-cost microscope to spur new surface studies
15 Jul 1998. Scientists can now examine surfaces with greater precision, more convenience and at lower cost thanks to a cleverly designed atomic force microscope developed by IBM Research - Zurich in Switzerland and Seiko Instruments Inc., in Chiba, Japan.
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"Light stamps" could simplify optical lithography
15 Jul 1998. Scientists at IBM Research - Zurich have demonstrated that a surprisingly simple optical technique can create exceedingly fine patterns on silicon wafers without using the expensive lenses required today.
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"SEMPER" security on the Internet: Advanced European e-business prototype goes online
31 Mar 1998. First e-business transactions on the Internet using a security prototype system developed by the European research project SEMPER (Secure Electronic Marketplace for Europe) has gone live.
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1997

Get a Swiss railway ticket over the Internet
16 Jul 1997. Swiss Railway introduced one of the world's first on-line railroad ticket services over the Internet in July of this year - a system developed jointly with IBM Research - Zurich.
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1997 Discover Awards honor IBM Research achievements in nanotechnology
2 Jun 1997. IBM Research's pioneering work in nanotechnology received the 1997 Editor's Choice award for Emerging Technology at the Eighth Annual Discover Magazine Awards for Technological Innovation.
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Molecular amplifier
7 Mar 1997. Scientists of IBM Research - Zurich in Switzerland and the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Toulouse, France, have demonstrated an experimental electronic device with a tiny active part.
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Gottfried Ungerboeck co-recipient of 1997 Australia Prize
11 Feb 1997. The Australia Prize, a prestigious international award given by the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia for outstanding achievements in a selected area of science and technology promoting human welfare, this year for major contributions in telecommunications.
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1996

The world's smallest abacus
13 Nov 1996. Scientists at IBM Research - Zurich have built an abacus with individual molecules as beads with a diameter of less than one nanometer, one millionth of a millimeter.
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Ordering railway tickets over the Internet
27 Aug 1996. The Swiss Federal Railway and IBM sign agreement concerning the joint development of a system for ordering railway tickets over the Internet.
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Pioneer of modem technology receives 1996 Marconi Fellowship award
6 Jun 1996. To recognize and stimulate creativity in communications, the Marconi International Fellowship this week announced Gottfried Ungerboeck, an IBM Research scientist in Zurich, as the recipient of the 1996 International Marconi Award.
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Zurich scientists position individual molecules at room temperature
12 Jan 1996. For the first time, scientists at IBM Research - Zurich have succeeded in moving and precisely positioning individual molecules at room temperature, using the extremely fine tip of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM).
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