Together with the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society and the IEEE Electron Device Society, IBM Research is hosting the first of a kind Emerging Technology (ET) Symposium at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center THINKLab in Yorktown Heights, NY.

The IBM and IEEE sponsored Symposium will bring together dreamers, thinkers, and innovators in cutting edge research for a one day forum to explore fields of emerging computing of common interest to universities and industries.

Topics to explore include

Cognitive computing & deep learning

Cognitive Computing & Deep Learning

Quantum computing

Quantum Computing


Internet of Things


Time    Speaker    Place

8:00 AM    Registration, coffee & pastries, poster setup    Mezzanine / THINKLab

8:30 AM    Welcome, Rajiv Joshi, IBM    Auditorium

8:40 AM    Introduction, Mukesh Khare, IBM    Auditorium

Session 1
Chair: Eduard Alarcon, UPC BarcelonaTech

9:00 AM    Keynote 1
Jan Rabaey, UC Berkeley
“Brain-Like Cognitive Engineering Systems”

9:50 AM    CAS announcements
Pamela Abshire, University of Maryland
Eduard Alarcon, UPC BarcelonaTech

Session 2
Chair: Myung-Hee Na, IBM

10:00 AM    Keynote 2
Seung Kang, Qualcomm
“Emerging Devices and System Architectures for Energy-efficient, Secure, and Intelligent Internet-of-Things”

10:50 AM    Invited talk 1
Chris Monroe, University of Maryland
“Time to Build a Quantum Computer”

11:25 AM    Invited talk 2
Sanu Mathew, Intel
“Ultra-low Energy Security Circuit Primitives for IoT Platforms”

12:00 PM    Lunch / Poster setup    Cafeteria / Mezzanine / THINKLab

Session 3
Chair: Arvind Kumar, IBM

1:15 PM    Keynote 3
John Danskin, Nvidia
“Lit Silicon and Computational Innovation”

2:05 PM    Invited talk 3
Paul Franzon, NCSU
“Machine Intelligence Hardware Accelerators”

2:40 PM    Poster session & coffee break    Mezzanine / THINKLab

Session 4
Chair: Larry Clevenger, IBM

3:45 PM    Invited talk 4
David Cox, Harvard University
“Predictive Coding Networks for Future-Frame Video Prediction and Unsupervised Learning”

4:20 PM    Invited talk 5
Helen Li, Duke University
“Running Sparse and Low-Precision Neural Networks: An Interactive Play between Software and Hardware”

4:55 PM    Panel discussion
“Technology-Assisted Humanity in the Complex System Era: Quo vadis?”
led by Eduard Alarcon, UPC BarcelonaTech

6:00 PM    Networking, poster viewing    Mezzanine / THINKLab

6:30 PM    End     


Poster abstracts (2-page) are invited that address advanced results in the following areas:

  • Cognitive Computing/Deep Learning/Neural Networks
  • Quantum Computing
  • Hardware/Software Security
  • Internet of Things

Key dates

Abstract Submission: September 15, 2017

Notification: September 22, 2017

Symposium: October 5, 2017


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


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
    • Regency Flyte Time 1-800-872-5556
    • 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)


Organizing Committee

Advisory Committee

  • Pamela Abshire (University of Maryland)
  • Eduard Alarcon (UPC)
  • Fernando Guarin (GF)
  • M. Na
  • Vijay Narayan
  • Jim Stathis
  • A. Topol

General Chairs

  • Rama Divakaruni
  • Rajiv Joshi

Program Committee

  • Arvind Kumar
  • M. Na
  • Matthew M. Ziegler

Publicity Chairs

  • Larry Clevenger
  • Cindy Goldberg

IBM Auditorium Support

  • Leslie Vasta

IBM System Support

  • Lilli-Marie Pavka (IBM Research – Zurich)