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  (100 words):
Jim Spohrer directs IBM’s open source Artificial Intelligence (AI) efforts.  Previously at IBM, he led Global University Programs,  co-founded Almaden Service Research, and was CTO Venture Capital Group.  After his MIT BS in Physics, he developed speech recognition systems at Verbex, an Exxon company, before receiving his Yale PhD in Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence. In the 1990’s, he attained Apple Computers’ Distinguished Engineer Scientist and Technology title for next generation learning platforms.  With over ninety publications and nine patents, he won the Gummesson Service Research award, Vargo and Lusch Service-Dominant Logic award, and a PICMET Fellow for advancing service science.

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)

Jim Spohrer (Feb 2018) – photo by Michael Maximillien


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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    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…

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