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Dr. Jinjun Xiong

Director of the Institute for AI and Data Science/ Empire Innovation Professor

University at Buffalo (UB)

Dr. Jinjun Xiong is currently Empire Innovation Professor with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University at Buffalo (UB). He also serves as the Scientific Director and Co-Director for the $20 M National AI Institute for Exceptional Education (, and Director for the SUNY-UB Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science ( Prior to that, he was a Senior Researcher and Program Director for AI and Hybrid Clouds Systems at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. He was the former co-founder and co-director for the IBM-Illinois Center for Cognitive Computing Systems Research (C3SR), the success of which in 5 years has led to the 10-year $200M expansion of the center to the IBM-Illinois Discovery Accelerator Institute. His research interests are on across-stack AI systems research, including AI applications, algorithms, tooling and computer architectures.  Many of his research results have been adopted in IBM’s products and tools. He published more than 160 peer-reviewed papers in top AI conferences and systems conferences. His publication won 8 Best Paper Awards and 9 Nominations for Best Paper Awards. He also won top awards from various international competitions, including the championship award for the IEEE GraphChallenge on accelerating sparse neural networks in 2020, and the First Place Awards for the 2019 DAC Systems Design Contest on designing an object detection neural network for edge FPGA and GPU devices, respectively.



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