São Paulo, Brazil
October 5, 2011
As part of IBM’s Centennial, IBM Research is conducting a series of compelling presentations and panel discussions, hosted at its labs around the world. The IBM Research – Brazil lab’s event, “The future of natural resources management,” will be held on October 5 in São Paulo.
Members of the country’s scientific community, top thinkers and academics will make presentations on the trends related to science as business; intelligent exploration of natural resources such as oil & gas; and other relevant subjects.
Guest lecturers include:
- Professor Horst Simon, Deputy Director of the renowned Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - an internationally recognized expert in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics
- Professor Wagner da Costa Ribeiro, PhD in Human Geography and Professor of the Geography Department and Post-Graduation Program in Environmental Science, University of São Paulo
- Ricardo Beltrão, MsC in Technology Management by MIT and MBA in Business Management by COPPEAD Institute in Administration from UFRJ (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), currently General Manager of Cenpes (Leopoldo Américo Miguez de Melo Research Center)/ Petrobrás R&D in Production Engineering
- Edmundo Marques, Geologist, MsC in Stratigraphy by UFRGS (Rio Grande do Sul Federal University) and MBA in Business Administration from IBMEC, currently OGX (Oil and Gas company of EBX group) Exploration Executive Manager
- Ajay Royyuru, Director of the Computational Biology Department at IBM Research Division – internationally recognized in the fields of Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics.
At the event, Professor Carlos Humes Jr., Professor of Computer Science at the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics, University of São Paulo, will be awarded an IBM Faculty Award* for the paper “Mathematical Models in the Service Industry.” And Dr. Julio Silveira Jacques Jr., from the Department of Computing, PUC-RS, and Dr. Juliana Bezerra, from the Department of Computational Sciences at ITA, will be awarded the IBM PhD Fellowship Award** for their research.
“Brazilians already know about vast masses of natural resources in our country. Recently, the world has started to realize how important these natural resources are, from a global perspective. So, it’s time to think about natural resources in a smarter way,” said Fabio Gandour, chief scientist in the IBM Research – Brazil Lab, and coordinator of the colloquium.
* -- The IBM Faculty Program rewards renowned university professors from all over the world who encourage the development of disciplines that contribute to creating technologies that make the world smarter.
** -- The PhD Fellowship is given to doctoral students innovating and contributing to areas such as computer science and engineering.