Meet Nigerian Scientist & Engineer Dr Uyi Stewart who Cofounded IBM Research – Africa Lab

Dr Osamuyimen (Uyi) Stewart was a top scientist and engineer at IBM and co-founded the IBM Research – Africa Lab, the newest laboratory in IBM’s global network of twelve research labs, Dr Stewart who joined IBM Research in 2005 from AT&T Labs worked with IBM Research for fourteen (14) years and rose to the position of Chief Scientist of IBM Research – Africa and later became an IBM Distinguished Engineer (DE) responsible for the Middle East and Africa.

As the co-founder of IBM Research – Africa Lab (first commercial research lab in the continent), he was responsible for defining the technical strategy for research projects, recruitment, and managing the research scientists to achieve the proper dissemination of research geared towards building a scientific reputation for IBM Research Lab -Africa, while also coordinating the research objectives and projects with IBM’s business and partners (public and private).

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In 2014, Dr Stewart was made an IBM Distinguished Engineer (DE), a technical executive position recognized as one of the top technical honours in the Corporation. He left IBM in 2017 and currently is the Director of Global Development Strategy, Data & Analytics, in Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

With over 20 years of studying and working overseas, Dr Stewart has acquired tremendous experience and skills in software and services research which includes: IVR, web, multimodal, machine translation, speech interfaces, natural language processing, social and mobile computing. This has lead to Dr Stewart being recognized as an outstanding Technology Transfer Specialist.

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He currently has 10 US patents issued, 30 others filed; 50 publications validated by 500+ Google Scholar citations; 55+ invited talks/guest speaker including several high-profile interviews in major international news media, etc.; 400+ articles on my pioneering work as co-founder of IBM Research – Africa Lab. He has won the IBM’s Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, IBM Research Awards and the Black Engineer of the Year Award in the USA (2014).

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Dr Stewart received his doctorate in 1998 from McGill University, Canada, for his work in generative syntax (published as an “Outstanding Dissertation in Linguistics”). He got his Masters degree from the University of Cambridge in 1991 where he got elected Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society since he was an exemplary student. He got his first degree from the University of Benin, Nigeria, in 1987, where he graduated with a First Class Honors.

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