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Dr. Heike Riel is IBM Fellow and Department Head of Science & Technology at IBM Research. Her organization is devoted to advancing the frontiers of information technology through the physical sciences. She is responsible for a research agenda which aims to create scientific and technological breakthroughs in Physics of Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing and Technologies, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Precision Diagnostics and Smart System Integration.
She is a distinguished expert in nanotechnology and nanosciences and her research has contributed to advancements in OLED display technology, molecular electronics and semiconductor nanoscale materials and devices. Her recent research interests include topological states of compound semiconductor nanowires for quantum information processing.
She earned a PhD in Physics from University of Bayreuth (Germany) in 2002 for her research on multilayer organic light-emitting devices for display applications performed at IBM Research – Zurich. From 2008 to 2015 she had been leading the Materials Integration and Nanoscale Devices group. In 2015 she joined the T.J. Watson Research Center to lead the Physical Sciences Department and in 2017 the IoT Technology and AI Solutions Department.
She has authored more than 140 peer reviewed publications and filed more than 50 patents. She has received several major awards, e.g. the Applied Physics Award of the Swiss Physical Society, the TR100, she is elected Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences and of the Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Sciences, and received an honorary doctor by Lund University. In 2017 she was awarded the APS David Adler Lectureship Award in the Field of Materials Physics.