I'm a research scientist at IBM Austin Research Lab. Since joining IBM Research in January of 2005 I have worked on a variety of projects in the areas of VLSI design, hardware acceleration, software-defined networking, and mobile cloud services. I have been heavily involved in the research and development of VLSI circuitselectronic design automation (EDA) tools, and semiconductor technologies for IBM Server (POWER, Mainframe) and Microelectronics OEM business. I have also worked on the design of custom hardware accelerators and workload-optimized systems for emerging data intensive information management applications. More recently, I have been developing software-defined infrastructure technologies for next generation data centers and cloud computing environments. I am also participating in the development of cloud based back-end services for mobile applications as part of our broader MobileFirst and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) initiatives.

Prior to joining IBM I received MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann ArborMy dissertation was in the area of integrated circuit design with a focus on on-chip interconnect modeling and parametric yield optimization. Some of the research publications from my doctorate work are available here.

My current interests also include data analytics and big data. I have a strong background in both the mathematical and the computational aspects of analytics and am highly interested in building big data systems and finding novel ways to use data to transform real-world applications.  

Please follow the links above for more information about individual projects and/or refer to my CV for a consolidated summary.

Contact: kba@us.ibm.com