Closing Keynote Speaker: Irene Greif
Irene Greif heads the Collaborative User Experience Group (CUE), a team of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) researchers based in Cambridge, MA. The group has historically worked most closely with Lotus product teams on collaboration software and is now extending its impact to other parts of Software Group -- to support collaboration among software developers -- and to IBM's service businesses. In 2008, together with Software Group, Global Services and the CIO, Greif formed the Center for Social Software, to focus research on large scale deployments of new technologies and studies of adoption rates and impact on organizations.
Irene is a former faculty member of Computer Science at University of Washington and of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. She headed a research group in the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science which developed shared calendar, co-authoring, and real-time collaboration systems. She is a fellow of both the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Association of Computing Machinery (ACM.) Irene was inducted into the Women In Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame in 2000 and awarded the Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology Leadership award in 2008. In 2010, Irene was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Irene joined Lotus in 1987, formed Lotus Research in 1992, and merged that group into the IBM Research Division in 2000. Recent product innovations from her group include the core features now shipping in Lotus Connections: social bookmarking (dogear); business activities. As a strategist in the Research Division, she directs a Design Institute and the worldwide research investment in social software and collaborative visualization.
Irene received her S.B. in Mathematics, her S.M. and her PhD. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, all from MIT.