Director, MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, IBM Research
The AI problem-solver
David Cox is the Director of the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, a first-of-its-kind industry/academic collaboration between IBM and MIT focused on fundamental research in artificial intelligence. The Lab was founded with a $240-million, 10-year commitment from IBM and brings together researchers at IBM with faculty at MIT to tackle tough problems at the vanguard of AI. David’s ongoing research is primarily focused on bringing insights from neuroscience into machine learning and computer vision research. His work has spanned a variety of disciplines, from imaging and electrophysiology experiments in living brains, to the development of machine learning and computer vision methods, to applied machine learning and high performance computing methods. David is a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and is an Agenda Contributor at the World Economic Forum. He has received a variety of honours, including the Richard and Susan Smith Foundation Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research, the Google Faculty Research Award in Computer Science, and the Roslyn Abramson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. His academic lab has spawned several startups across a range of industries, ranging from healthcare to autonomous vehicles.