Jurij R Paraszczak
Jurij is currently Distinguished Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University working on Urban Systems. Prior to retirement and taking the post at CMU, Jurij was Director of IBM Research Industry Solutions and the leader of the Research Smarter Cities program focusing on helping cities manage the complex set of demands placed on their infrastructure by their constituents and on the optimization of flows of energy, people and water through this infrastructure.
As the IBM Research lead for Smarter Cities Jurij is responsible for aligning the 10 Research Laboratories around Smarter Cities opportunities emerging around the globe.
In this role he is also responsible for integrating research capabilities in, materials and processes, IT innovation, modeling and optimization to implement sustainable solutions with IBM’s customers in industries as diverse as retail, telecom, automotive, electric power, government. In addition Jurij manages a team of specialists who help develop Research innovations in ICT into customer solutions for all industry verticals.
Previously Jurij was Chief Technology Officer of the IBM Venture Capital group and also Director of Technology for the IBM Research Emerging Business Group, where he was responsible for identifying and harvesting all sources of innovation for IBM’s solutions and products from a the global Venture community and the Research Division, Prior to these roles, Jurij worked in Digital Media as the CTO and in IBM Research working variously in telecommunications systems, chip design and materials science focusing on the design and use of materials for semiconductor devices.
Jurij has over 55 publications in various areas of telecommunications, technology and systems and over 18 patents in a wide variety of fields including communications, plasma chemistry, microlithography, materials manipulation and chip fabrication, packaging systems, media delivery and characterisation, Jurij has a broad experience to draw on to help span a wide variety of disciplines and to synthesise new approaches to old problems. He obtained his PhD and BSc from the University of Sheffield, UK