Jim Spohrer Bio and Contact

Bio (150 words):
Dr. James (“Jim”) C. Spohrer is Director IBM Global University Programs and leads IBM’s Cognitive Systems Institute. The Cognitive Systems Institute works to align cognitive systems researchers in academics, government, and industry globally to improve productivity and creativity of problem-solving professionals, transforming learning, discovery, and sustainable development.  IBM University Programs works to align IBM and universities globally for innovation amplification and T-shaped skills.   Jim co-founded IBM’s first Service Research group, ISSIP Service Science community, and was founding CTO of IBM’s Venture Capital Relations Group in Silicon Valley.  He was awarded Apple Computers’ Distinguished Engineer Scientist and Technology title for his work on next generation learning platforms.  Jim has a Yale PhD in Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence and MIT BS in Physics. His research priorities include service science, cognitive systems for smart holistic service systems, especially universities and cities. With over ninety publications and nine patents, he is also a PICMET Fellow and a winner of the S-D Logic award.


Jim Spohrer

Jim Spohrer

Title and Contact:

Dr. James (“Jim”)  C. Spohrer
Director IBM Global University Programs and Cognitive Systems Institute Lead

IBM UPward =  University Programs worldwide, accelerating regional development

Cognitive Systems Institute = improving productivity and creativity of cognitive systems research (problem-solving professionals)

Innovation Champion (http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/ibm100/us/en/icons/servicescience/)
ISSIP (http://www.issip.org)


IBM Almaden Research Center, 650 Harry Road, San Jose, CA 95120 USA
spohrer@us.ibm.com 408-927-1928 (office)
spohrer@gmail.com 408-829-3112 (iPhone)
Skype: james.clinton.spohrer

LinkedIn: Jim Spohrer (http://www.linkedin.com/in/spohrer/)
Twitter: @JimSpohrer (https://twitter.com/JimSpohrer)
Bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Spohrer
Blog: http://www.service-science.info
Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/spohrer

Patents and Publications
(h-index 31 – 31 publications cited 31 or more times)

IBM University Programs (the 6 R’s of IBM UP) include:
1. Research (ibm.com/university/awards)
2. Readiness (ibm.com/developerworks/university/academicinitiative/)
3. Recruiting (ibm.com/jobs or ibm.com/developerworks/university/students/)
4. Revenue (ibm.com/education and ibm.com/systems)
5. Responsibility (ibm.com/responsibility, ibm.com/ibm/ondemandcommunity and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Community_Grid)
6. Regions (ibm.com/partnerworld/isv/startup)
Local “On Campus IBMers” (where available) help with the above…

IBM UP Priorities  include:
1. Smarter Cities & Service Innovation
2. Cloud & Analytics/DEEP QA, including High Performance Systems & Cybersecurity, Social Business
3. Growth Markets universities linked to Developed Markets universities to accelerate regional innovation
Doing more with less is the theme throughout business and societal systems, and to do this sustainably year over year…
Doing more with less decision-making & investment discipline: Run-Transform-Innovate or Iterate-Imitate-Innovate (I-cubed)
I-cubed investment discipline steadily automates “Iterate” (5%/yr cost cut) lowering costs, to invest more in “Imitate & Innovate”
I-cubed is Moore’s Law equivalent for business & societal systems (smarter service systems improve as IT capabilities grow)
I-cubed supports escaping the pull of the past and escaping the commodity trap

View of University Priorities  include:
1. Knowledge transfer (teaching) – student tuition & government loans
2. Knowledge creation (research) – government grants & corporate partners
3. Knowledge application (entrepreneurship) – local incentives & alumni donations
4. Knowledge integration (bridge silos) – lowers costs without compromising depth
University business model is evolving (to fund the above, and continuously renew physical infrastructure)…
Some universities, governments, and businesses are adopting I-cubed investment discipline to do more with less year over year.
I-cubed investment discipline can be applied to education as a service system for continuous improvement

“Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them.”
Alfred North Whitehead, English mathematician



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  11. KPIs for cities and universities are changing….

    As more emphasis gets put on university KPIs related to entrepreneurship and new job creation, the focus on university knowledge transfer (teaching) KPIs will orient towards cities — cities will increasingly provide access to educational resources for their citizens, for urban life-long learners…. this will be a city KPI… how well they help their citizens stay current on skills for local businesses…

    The reason this is important is because the high unemployment rates in the future will have a significant percentage (around 33% unfilled) due to a skills gap in the regional workforce:

    Why Jobs Remain Unfilled Even Though Unemployment is High [INFOGRAPHIC]

    We have to Mind The (Skills)Gap better as a society…

    We have to never stop learning…

    The best way to predict the future is to inspire the next generation of university students to build it better

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