Jim Spohrer Bio and Contact

Welcome to Jim Spohrer’s primary blog site (updated January 2017).

Jim Spohrer has been recognized globally as an IBM Innovation Champion for his deep and broad contributions to Service Science, which is one of the 100 innovations celebrated during IBM’s Centennial as a IBM Icon of Progress:  http://www.ibm.com/ibm/history/ibm100/us/en/icons/servicescience/

Click here for Jim Spohrer’s full Curriculum VitaeSpohrer CV

Jim’s Short Bio:
Dr. James (“Jim”) C. Spohrer is Director of Cognitive OpenTech, or open source artificial intelligence.  Previously, he was Director of IBM Global University Programs and IBM’s Cognitive Systems Institute Group.    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.  In the 1990’s, he was awarded Apple Computers’ Distinguished Engineer Scientist and Technology title for his work on next generation learning platforms.  Early in his career, he was a senior scientist at Verbex, an Exxon company, working on speech recognition and machine learning.  Jim has a Yale PhD in Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence and MIT BS in Physics. His current team and system building focus is T-shaped innovators working to rebuild rapidly from scratch digital cognitive systems for smarter/wiser service systems.  With over ninety publications and nine patents, he is also a PICMET Fellow and a winner of the Evert Gummesson Service Research award as well as the S-D Logic award.

Picture (2008, San Jose, CA, while Director, IBM Almaden Service Research Group):

Jim Spohrer

Jim Spohrer


Picture (October 15, 2016 Chongqing China, while keynoting at 9th ICSS -International Conference on Service Science):

Jim Spohrer (Oct 2016)

Jim Spohrer (Oct 2016)


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


Dr. James (“Jim”)  C. Spohrer
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

Social Media Me:

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 all =  34, meaning that 34 of my publications have been cited 34 times or more)




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