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Email Extractor

The next time you hit send and wish you hadn’t, don’t panic. This patent could allow you to revise an email you’ve already sent before the recipient reads it. Learn More

Susann Keohane

Susann Keohane, IBM Accessibility Senior Technologist, Research Master Inventor, Academy of Technology
Austin, Texas
Over 100 Patents

Innovation 101:
Susann says this innovation is the perfect example of not accepting technology for what it is but envisioning how it could be better. After all, everyone has that one email they wish they could take back.

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Email Extractor

Designer Dialect

Everyone speaks a language, but people say things differently. This innovation gives designers the flexibility to communicate in their own way while still creating beautiful, useful products that are unified by a common design language. Learn More

Hayley Hughes

Hayley Hughes, IBM Design Language Lead
Product Design
Austin, Texas

Innovation 101:
This innovation is used by IBM products such as Bluemix, Verse, and Watson Developer Cloud.

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Designer Dialect

Anomaly Detector

Cardiologists and radiologists view thousands of images per case. The Medical Sieve research project is a developing technology which could be used to highlight areas in medical images and help clinicians spot problems more easily. Learn More

Tanveer Syeda-Mahmood

Tanveer Syeda-Mahmood, Distinguished RSM, Chief Scientist, Medical Sieve Radiology Grand Challenge, IBM Research
San Jose, California
About 80 Patents

Innovation 101:
After Tanveer’s own father’s stroke was misdiagnosed, she wanted to explore how machines could help clinicians improve the diagnosis process.

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Anomaly Detector

Secret Search

The way you search for things online can reveal details about you. The same goes for companies. This patent could allow companies to search the databases they need without revealing it to competitors trying to sneak a peek. Learn More

Maria Dubovitskaya

Maria Dubovitskaya, Security and Privacy Researcher, IBM Research
Zurich, Switzerland
4 Patents

Innovation 101:
Maria is a part of another innovation, the Identity Mixer. Both of these innovations relate to her background in cryptography.

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Secret Search

Instant ER Response

When it comes to emergencies, time is of the essence. This patent could help advance video pattern recognition that could assess emergencies so the right personnel are sent to the right place quickly. Learn More

Romelia Flores

Romelia Flores, Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor, Academy of Technology; IBM Global Solution Center Chief Architect
Dallas, Texas
23 Patents (and 26 pending)

Innovation 101:
This idea arose when Romelia and team visited a video center and realized the city hired personnel to manually monitor video 24/7.

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Instant ER Response

Powerful Plastic

This brand new kind of plastic is so strong that it's easier to break the flask it's created in than to damage the plastic itself. It could eventually be used to make recyclable car and airplane parts and could aid in 3D-printing and adhesives. Learn More

Jamie Garcia

Jeannette Garcia, Research in Polymer Synthesis and Characterization, IBM Research
Almaden (San Jose, CA)
Almost 40 Patents

Innovation 101:
Jamie’s world-changing discovery was actually the result of a happy accident – she left out a component needed during an experiment and ended up with the unbreakable substance.

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Powerful Plastic

Separation of Work and Play

Accidentally sending a message from a work account instead of a personal account is a common faux pas these days. This patented idea proposes the use of natural language processing to make sure you’re saying LOL to your friend, not your boss. Learn More

Katie Keating

Katie Keating, Social Engagement Strategist
New York, New York

Innovation 101:
This innovation stems from Katie's everyday experience as a social engagement strategist and the desire for an extra layer of security before publishing to a company account.

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Separation of Work and Play

Data Concierge

Sometimes you need access to special pockets of data, like for a specific activity or during a crisis. This project would allow mobile apps to automatically adapt to allow or restrict access to new data records as needed. Learn More

Stacy Hobson

Stacy Hobson, Research Staff Member
Yorktown Heights, New York
11 Patents

Innovation 101:
This innovation is from a group of four patents that are designed to solve various aspects of data-access problems.

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Data Concierge

Virtual Worlds for All

3D games present a number of challenges for users with disabilities. This innovation was the first ever virtual world game that allowed players without sight, hearing, reading, or much movement to play all together. Learn More

Shari Trewin

Shari Trewin, Usability and Accessibility Research, IBM Research
IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
8 Patents

Innovation 101:
Teachers now use the game to teach renewable energy concepts in a fun way.

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Virtual Worlds for All

Digital Aquifer

It’s difficult to predict how much will be available in a water system. The Digital Aquifer is in testing to collect information on thousands of water points. Using sensors and analytics, it could help provide a more complete view of water supply. Learn More

Kala Fleming

Kala Fleming, Research Manager - Water, Agriculture, Healthcare, IBM Research
Nairobi, Kenya

Innovation 101:
Kala came up with the idea for the Digital Aquifer when she realized just how many boreholes there were across sub-Saharan Africa (more than 4,000 in Nairobi alone) and how difficult it was to keep track of each one’s status manually.

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Digital Aquifer

Password Fortifier

This patent could change password entry as we know it by making stronger passwords last longer. If more complex passwords didn’t have to be changed as much, it would provide an incentive for users to create more complex (and more secure) passwords. Learn More

Rhonda Childress

Rhonda Childress, IBM Fellow, CTO Security Services, Sr. Certified I/T Architect, Master Inventor, IBM Security
Austin, TX
74 Patents, IBM Fellow

Innovation 101:
This innovation came to life when Rhonda was changing her password for “the gazillionth time” and simply questioned why she should have to change a really strong password just as often as a weak one.

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Password Fortifier

The Ultimate Multitasker

IBM’s Roadrunner supercomputer was the first to break the PetaFlop barrier when it completed one thousand trillion operations per second. It would take the population of Earth 46 years to do what Roadrunner can do in one day. Learn More

Catherine Crawford

Catherine Crawford, Distinguished Engineer Cognitive Internet of Things / Code Slinger, IBM Research
Yorktown Heights
4 Patents

Innovation 101:
Catherine was responsible for the software design and development of the Roadrunner, a responsibility that meant doing just about everything from working on requirements for programming models with the researchers to writing and debugging a lot of the code.

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The Ultimate Multitasker

Software to Reality

To demonstrate the ease of open software development, this necklace was connected to mobile APIs so that it lit up whenever a certain hashtag was used on social media. Learn More

Lisa DeLuca

Lisa DeLuca, Technology Strategist - 100th Plateau IBM Master Inventor, IBM Commerce
Baltimore, MD
150+ Patents (375 files)

Innovation 101:
With more than 150 patents, Lisa believes that capturing the spark of an idea is critical to the process.

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Software to Reality

Computer Conversationalist

LanguageWare is an innovation that helps computers understand human language at a massive scale by analyzing large volumes of content in many different languages. It was the beginning of understanding big data as we know it today. Learn More

Marie Wallace

Marie Wallace, IBM Analytics Strategist
Dublin, Ireland
All Things Analytics Blog

Innovation 101:
Underlying this innovation is the realization that a computer can process all languages in a similar way, just how one human brain can learn multiple languages.

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Computer Conversationalist

Big Screen Beginnings

At the time of its inception in 2003, this innovation was the world’s largest full-color AMOLED display based on novel organic LED instead of LCD. Today, it’s having a big impact – making TVs, mobile phones, and tables more vibrant, richer in color, and brighter. Learn More

Heike Riel

Heike Riel, IBM Fellow & Director Physical Sciences Department, IBM Research
Zurich, Switzerland
60 Patents

Innovation 101:
Heike worked as a furniture maker’s apprentice for years before becoming a research scientist, where she says she learned the true value of craftsmanship and attention to detail.

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Big Screen Beginnings

Cognitive Classrooms

Teachers with too many students often can't focus their attention on every student who needs it. This innovation brings cognitive computing into the classroom to help teachers create custom–made lesson plans for students based on their needs. Learn More

Charity Wayua

Charity Wayua, Research Manager: Financial Inclusion, Education & Public Sector, IBM Research
Nairobi, Kenya
7 Patents

Innovation 101:
Charity comes from a family of educators, which drew her towards a career as an education researcher.

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Cognitive Classrooms

The Security’s Security

Digital data is encrypted to prevent copying, but it relies on that encryption being secure. This patent presents a system for protecting data in real time using encryption that automatically renews and updates, resulting in an uninterrupted user experience. Learn More

Dulce Ponceleon

Dulce Ponceleon, Content Protection Competency Center, IBM Research
Almaden, California
23 Patents

Innovation 101:
Dulce says this innovation is sort of like having a mechanic who could fix a car as it’s being driven.

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The Security’s Security

Identity Mixer

Consumers often give out more data than they need to online. Identity Mixer, currently in development, uses a cryptographic algorithm to help minimize the amount of personal data revealed, which could help protect businesses if their data gets hacked. Learn More

Anja Lehmann

Anja Lehmann, Researcher - Cryptography, Security & Privacy, IBM Research
Zurich, Switzerland
8 Patents

Innovation 101:
Anja and her colleagues are bringing Identity Mixer to the IBM Bluemix cloud to make it easy to install for developers.

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Identity Mixer

Precision Medicine

Watson for Genomics helps doctors analyze genetic mutations of patients diagnosed with cancer. Then it searches medical literature for drugs reported as targeting those specific mutations and presents the information to doctors. Learn More

Vanessa Michelini

Vanessa Michelini, Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor, Watson for Genomics, IBM Watson Health
Boca Raton, Florida
20 Patents (and 10 pending)

Innovation 101:
In the last ten years, the cost of sequencing genome has dropped more than 10,000-fold, leading to an explosion in genomic data.

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Precision Medicine

Chocolatey genes

Cocoa is a cash crop and critical export for producing countries and a key import for consuming countries. This innovation is testing mapping the Cocoa genome, uncovering ways to grow heartier, more disease-resistant and more productive cocoa trees. Learn More

Laxmi Parida

Laxmi Parida, Distinguished RSM & Manager, Computational Genomics; Watson Genomics; Food Safety Consortium, IBM Research
Yorktown Heights, New York
35+ Patents

Innovation 101:
Laxmi quite literally wrote the book on Computational Biology. You can check it out here.

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Chocolatey genes

A Color By Any Other Name

Today, computers usually describe colors as numbers, but that’s not easy for people to remember. This innovation teaches computers to communicate colors just like humans do, making it easier to find “vivid red” instead of “255,0,0”. Learn More

Aleksandra Mojsilovic

Aleksandra Mojsilovic, IBM Fellow, Data Science, IBM Research
New York, New York
12 Patents

Innovation 101:
After reading a book about how colors evolve across languages and cultures, Aleksandra realized that there are similarities in how people perceive and describe colors. By identifying this, she was able to write it as a formula.

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A Color By Any Other Name

Wiser Healthcare

Providing appropriate care for the elderly is critical for the future of cities. This solution, currently being piloted, collects data using wearable devices so that medical professionals are alerted when a patient at home needs attention.

Jia Chen

Jia Chen, Watson Cognitive Client Experience Centers Leader, IBM Watson
China
10+ Patents

Innovation 101:
The demand for elderly care is huge and yet, most cities and communities are not prepared. For example, in one of the most popular eldercare homes in downtown Beijing there are more than 10,000 applicants waiting for one of its 1,100 beds.

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Wiser Healthcare