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    IBM Research Europe – Zurich

    The location in Zurich is one of IBM’s 12 global research labs. IBM has maintained a research laboratory in Switzerland since 1956. As the first European branch of IBM Research, the mission of the Zurich Lab, in addition to pursuing cutting-edge research for tomorrow’s information technology, is to cultivate close relationships with academic and industrial partners, be one of the premier places to work for world-class researchers, to promote women in IT and science, and to help drive Europe’s innovation agenda.

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    Meet the team

    IBM Research Europe – Zurich employs a steady stream of postdoctoral fellows, PhD candidates, and summer students who pass through the Laboratory. More than 45 nationalities, primarily from European countries, are represented among the research staff members, including such specialists as computer scientists, mathematicians, electrical engineers, physicists, and chemists. They often work together on an interdisciplinary basis.
    Alessandro Curioni
    IBM Fellow, Vice President Europe and Africa and Director IBM Research Zurich
    Heike Riel
    IBM Fellow, Department Head Science & Technology
    Robert Haas
    Department Head, Hybrid Cloud Research, IBM Research Europe, Zurich
    Abdel Labbi
    IBM Distinguished Engineer & Dept Head, Data & AI Platforms
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    Research Areas

    Accelerated Discovery & AI

    We are developing next generation Data and AI technologies for solving tough business and societal problems such as accelerating the discovery of new materials, understanding climate impact, scaling AI in business workflows, and cost/performance optimization of data intensive applications.

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    Towards a composable, hybrid cloud data platform

    AI for Scientific Discovery

    Creating the AI-enabled lab for a new era of reproducible and collaborative experimentation

    Hybrid Cloud Research

    In the Hybrid Cloud Research department we drive innovation in the infrastructure for hybrid cloud, focusing on cutting-edge AI as well as storage technologies.

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    Security Research

    We are creating technologies that aim to seamlessly, and inherently, protect classical and next generation computing systems and allow them to stay ahead of attackers. We are designing and implementing worldwide leading innovations of the next generation of cryptography, hardware powered security, robustness of AI against adversarial attacks, decentralized trust systems (incl. Central Bank Digital Currencies), as well as system and software security analysis.

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    Science of Quantum and Information Technology


    Atom and Molecule Manipulation

    Low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic force microscopy.

    Neuromorphic Devices & Systems

    Developing technologies for computing tomorrow’s AI.

    Chemical Computing

    Developing solutions to execute computing tasks in complex chemical systems used as information-processing units.


    The Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center provides a cutting-edge, collaborative infrastructure designed specifically for advancing nanoscience. It hosts cleanroom space, which is jointly operated with ETH Zurich, as well as offices and dry labs. Additionally, six noise-free labs designed by IBM provide a new level of accuracy for fabricating and characterizing at the true 1-nanometer level and beyond.

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    Location details


    IBM Research GmbH
    Säumerstrasse 4
    CH–8803 Rüschlikon

    +41 44 724 8111

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