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Tracking Infectious Diseases

IBM’s seminal and ongoing contributions to infectious disease tracking are made possible by a talented global team of IBM researchers, managers and executives collaborating with public health organizations and open source proponents around the world. Meet key IBMers who play a role in this Icon of Progress.

  • Dr. Joseph Jasinski 

    Dr. Joseph Jasinski
    Joe Jasinski created and led IBM’s Pandemic Initiative.

    Dr. Joseph Jasinski is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the global industry executive for Smarter Healthcare and Life Sciences at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Hawthorne, NY. In this role, he is responsible for developing strategies and coordinating research efforts across IBM's Research Division in areas ranging from the use of information technology in payer/provider healthcare to computational studies in molecular biology. Prior to his current position, Jasinski served as worldwide operations manager for IBM Life Sciences, responsible for day-to-day operations and strategy for one of IBM's fastest growing new businesses. He has also served as the senior manager of the Computational Biology Center at IBM Research, and managed and carried out research in nanotechnology, materials chemistry and chemical kinetics during his career with IBM. Jasinski holds an AB in mathematics and chemistry from Dartmouth College and a PhD in chemistry from Stanford University. He joined the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center as a research staff member in 1982. A Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Jasinksi has authored or co-authored more than 50 scientific papers, and holds two patents.

  • Dr. James Kaufman 

    Dr. James Kaufman
    Jamie Kaufman designed and implemented the initial versions of STEM.

    Dr. James Kaufman is manager of the Public Health Research project in the Department of Computer Science at the IBM Almaden Research Center. He is one of the original creators of the Spatiotemporal Epidemiological Modeler (STEM). Kaufman’s group currently works with the Eclipse Foundation, leading the contribution of the STEM project. During his research career, Kaufman has made contributions to several fields ranging from simulation science to magnetic device technology. His scientific contributions include work on pattern formation, conducting polymers, diamond-like carbon, superconductivity, experimental studies of the moon illusion, and contributions to distributed computing, privacy protection and grid middleware. Along with STEM, Kaufman’s current research interests include public health, interoperable health information infrastructure and electronic health records. He received his BA in physics from Cornell University and his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and holds the designations of Fellow of the American Physical Society and Distinguished Scientist of the Association for Computing Machinery.

  • Boaz Carmeli 

    Boaz Carmeli

    Boaz Carmeli is a research staff member and the manager of the Clinical Genomics IT group at IBM Research - Haifa. In this role, he is involved in the definition, design and implementation of IT solutions for healthcare and life sciences, such as Clinical Genomics Analytics (Cli-G), Health Information Exchange, the Public Health Information Affinity Domain (PHIAD) and the Hypergenes and EuResist EU projects. Carmeli led the PHIAD team in Haifa during the network’s development. During his scientific career at IBM Research, Carmeli made contributions to several other computer science fields, such as wireless networks for handheld devices, high-throughput data networks and multicast protocols. He is also involved in various standards organizations and was a member of the IEEE 802.15 personal wireless network group. Carmeli holds a BSc in computer science from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.

  • Yardena Peres 

    With IBM since 1992, Yardena Peres is a senior research staff member of the IBM Haifa Research Lab, where she currently manages the IT for Healthcare and Life Sciences group. She is a contributor to universAAL, an EU FP7 project in the Ambient Assisted Living domain. Peres led the FP6 EuResist integrated dataset efforts, integrating viral genomics with clinical data to develop the largest European integrated system for clinical management of antiretroviral drug resistance. In addition, she is a key contributor to BioMIMS, a first-of-a-kind service-oriented architecture (SOA) platform for the research of rare hereditary diseases that is based on the IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences Content Management Offering. During her scientific career at IBM Research, Peres has made contributions to several fields ranging from business process integration, management of distributed applications, search technologies and user interface frameworks. She holds BA and MSc degrees in computer sciences from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.

  • Sondra Renly 

    Sondra Renly is a researcher with the Healthcare Informatics project at the IBM Almaden Research Center. She played a key role in the development of IBM’s public health lab surveillance system, PHIAD. Renly holds a BS in medical laboratory science and an MS in computer sciences from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

  • Roni Ram 

    Roni Ram is a research staff member in the Healthcare and Life Sciences group at the IBM Haifa Research Lab. Ram joined the lab in 1996, and worked on several projects involving user interfaces and IP telephony before her work on interoperability among healthcare organizations. She played a key role in the development of IBM’s public health lab surveillance system, PHIAD. Ram holds a BSc and an MSc in computer sciences from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.

  • Stefan Edlund 

    Stefan Edlund

    Stefan Edlund is a senior software engineer in the Public Health Research group at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, where he works on simulation engines and models for the STEM project. Edlund earned his MS in computer science from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and joined IBM as a research associate in 1998.

  • Matthew Davis 

    Matt Davis is a software engineer in the Public Health Research group at the IBM Almaden Research Center. In addition to his current role on the STEM project team, he has worked on several other open source healthcare IT projects. Davis has contributed to the Open Health Tools IHE Profiles project, an open source software library designed to aid companies in building interoperable healthcare IT systems. He holds degrees in computer science from the University of Oklahoma.

  • Yossi Mesika 

    Yossi Mesika is a research staff member in the Healthcare and Life Sciences group at the IBM Haifa Research Lab in Israel. He completed his computers engineering BSc from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in 2003 and his MBA from the Open University in 2010. In addition to his role on the STEM project team, Mesika is working on the project uHealth, which seeks to put patients at the center of managing their own medical safety.