Dr. Christopher Codella

Chief Technology Officer, Government Cognitive Computing


Christopher F. Codella is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, and Chief Technology Officer,
Cognitive Solutions, Worldwide Government. His current activities center around complex data
analytics, particularly applying IBM’s Watson technology to build solutions that support the
missions of government agencies at all levels. Dr. Codella earned a Ph.D. in electrical
engineering from Cornell University in 1984 and first joined IBM at the East Fishkill, NY
semiconductor lab working on advanced memory devices. In 1989 he became a Research Staff
Member in the Computer Science Department at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
where he managed the Virtual Worlds Group developing software for collaborative, networked
virtual environments. Later, as Senior Manager of the Enterprise Middleware department, he led
a research team working on object-oriented application server technology, distributed systems,
reusable software components, component architecture, and web services. He has received
IBM's Invention Achievement Awards and Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards for his
contributions. From 2003 to 2008 Dr. Codella served as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of IBM
Federal. Dr. Codella is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,
author of numerous of professional publications and conference papers, and holder of several US
and international patents.


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