Dr. Robert JT Morris is Professor, National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Chief Technology Strategist for the Ministry of Health Transformation (MOHT). He is also an Advisor to the National Research Foundation in the Prime Minister’s Office. His current focus is on application of computer and information sciences, including AI, to transform healthcare.
From 2011-2017, he led all IBM Research’s Global Laboratories, and built new laboratories in Brazil, Australia, Africa and Singapore. IBM Research earned 6 Nobel prizes, laying the basis for the information revolution. During 2006-2011, Robert was VP Services Research, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, NY, helping start IBM’s healthcare and IoT businesses, and earlier VP Assets Innovation, IBM Global Services. From 1999-2004, he was the VP & Director of IBM Almaden Research Center, Silicon Valley, where relational database technology, the disk drive, etc., were invented. Responsible for creation of Services Science, research for IBM’s ThinkPad, and Storage Systems. Earlier he led advanced systems research at TJ Watson Center. Originally from Australia, he began his career at Bell Labs working on early neural networks and the largest packet switch of the era.
Robert was Chairman, Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium (BASIC) 2001-2005, comprising heads of major research institutions in Silicon Valley. Published over 60 scientific articles, awarded 11 patents. Editor IEEE Trans. on Computers and on many boards. Received the Australian-American Fulbright and Gowrie Fellowships, PICMET Leadership in Tech. Mgmt. Award, Fellow IEEE, IBM Acad. of Technology, Government University Industry Research Roundtable (National Academies).