Together with the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society and the IEEE Electron Devices Society, IBM Research is hosting the 2nd AI Compute Symposium at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center THINKLab in Yorktown Heights, New York.

The IBM and IEEE sponsored Symposium will bring together dreamers, thinkers, and innovators in cutting-edge research for a one-day forum to explore AI Compute challenges and future research directions. This symposium is free of charge.

The symposium will have eminent invited speakers as well as a student poster session. Students are encouraged to submit poster abstracts during registration. Top posters will be invited to submit long-form papers to a special issue IEEE journal. A best poster will also be awarded.






Topics to explore

Cloud / Data Center AI Acceleration
AI at the Edge / AI in IoT
Analog Computing and Emerging Devices for AI
Neuromorphic Architectures

In Memory Computing
AI Algorithms & Applications
Approximate Computing



Time Event / Speaker Location
8:00 Registration, coffee & pastries, networking, poster setup Mezzanine / THINKLab
8:30 Welcome
Rajiv Joshi, IBM
8:40 Keynote 1
“Language and Speech AI Research at IBM”
Luis Lastras, IBM
9:30 CAS / EDS announcements Auditorium
9:50 Coffee break / Poster setup Auditorium / Mezzanine / THINKLab
10:20 Keynote 2
“(Re)Designing Compute Architectures for AI”
Wen-mei Hwu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
11:10 Invited Talk 1
“Machine Learning for Social Network Platforms”
Hsien-Hsin Sean Lee, Facebook
11:50 Lunch / Poster viewing Cafeteria / Mezzanine / THINKLab
1:15 Keynote 3
“Reconstruction of the Brain”
Donhee Ham, Harvard University / Samsung Fellow
2:05 Invited Talk 2
“Bringing AI to the Edge”
Naresh Shanbhag, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
2:45 Poster session & coffee break Mezzanine / THINKLab
4:15 Invited Talk 3
“Full-stack Challenges of Bridging Quantum Chips Up to Scalable Quantum Co-processor Heterogeneous Architectures: The Art of Multidisciplinary”
Carmen G. Almudéver, Delft University of Technology

Panel discussion: “What are the Hard Challenges for AI?”

5:55 Closing remarks & best poster presentation



Poster abstracts (2 pages) are invited that address advanced results in AI Compute topics.

Abstract submission:  10 Sep 2019
Notification:  25 Sep 2019
Symposium:  17 Oct 2019


Co-located workshop

AI Compute Symposium attendees are also invited to register for the 4th Workshop on the Future of Computing Architectures to be held on Friday, 18 October 2019 at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, i.e., the day after the AI Compute Symposium.

If you would like to attend this subsequent workshop, please indicate this on the registration form below.



IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center 1101 Kitchawan Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Mailing address

  • 1101 Kitchawan Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
  • The main entrance is on Route 134, near the intersection of Route 134 and the Taconic Parkway

GPS address

  • Enter “200 Aqueduct Rd, Ossining NY” for accurate directions to the facility

Telephone numbers

  • Main operator: (914) 945-3000
  • Receptionist: (914) 945-1614
  • Security: (914) 945-2323
  • THINKLab: (914) 945-3600

Visitor information


Visitors should use parking in the front of the IBM Research building.

IBM employees must park in the rear lot behind the building.

There are no additional parking restrictions this year. Carpooling is encouraged.


  • Airports
    • LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
    • Newark Airport (EWR)
    • John F Kennedy Airport (JFK)
    • Westchester County White Plains Airport (HPN)
  • Hertz Car Rental

    Hertz Rental has established an office located at the Yorktown Research Site
    Bldg 801, Room 27-001
    Phone 914-945-3789
    Business Hours 8:30am - 12:00pm, 12:30pm - 3:30pm

    Additional location: White Plains Office 914-948-3024

    For pick-up & drop-off during non-business hours contact Yorktown security
    Room 16-1
    Phone 914-945-2323

    For non-IBMers wishing to rent a car for IBM business use and to obtain IBM rates, contact
    Personal Rental Program, Amanda Hansen
    Phone (201) 307-2237

  • Taxi/Limo services
    • Air Brook Limo 1-800-800-1990
    • Flyte Tyme Worldwide 1-800-888-5466
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    • Leros Point to Point 1-800-825-3767
  • Train stations

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) operates the Metro North Railroad. Service includes commuter trains from Grand Central Terminal in New York City. Train stations near the Yorktown Heights facility are the Croton–Harmon station (on the Hudson Line) and White Plains station (on the Harlem Line). Taxi service is available at both station locations. The train ride from Grand Central to Croton–Harmon ranges from 50 minutes (express train) to 70 minutes (local train).

    • Metro North schedules
    • Croton–Harmon station is approximately 15 min by car (without traffic)
    • White Plains station is approximately 25 min by car (without traffic)




This event has reached its capacity and we can no longer accept additional registrations at this time.

Attendance in the IBM Yorktown Research THINKLab is limited to 150 persons due to auditorium size.

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Advisory Committee

  • Pamela Abshire (University of Maryland)
  • Eduard Alarcon (UPC)
  • Fernando Guarin (GF)
  • Boz Handy-Bosma (IBM)

Poster Session Chairs

  • Jin Han
  • Krishnan Kailas
  • Ramachandran Muralidhar
  • Iqbal Saraf
  • Nicole Saulnier
  • Xin Zhang

General Chairs

  • Rama Divakaruni
  • Rajiv Joshi

Program Committee

  • Arvind Kumar
  • Matthew M. Ziegler

Publicity Chairs

  • Larry Clevenger
  • Cindy Goldberg

Registration Chair

  • Abram Falk

ThinkLab/Auditorium Event Head

  • Anna Topol

IBM System Support

  • Lilli-Marie Pavka (IBM Research – Zurich)