Dr. Kaoutar El Maghraoui is a Principal Research Scientist at the IBM Research AI organization where she is focusing on innovations at the intersection of systems and artificial intelligence. She leads the End-Use experimental AI testbed of the IBM Research AI Hardware Center, a global research hub focusing on enabling next-generation chips and systems for AI workloads. Kaoutar has extensive experience and expertise in HPC, systems software, Cloud computing, and machine learning. She co-led IBM’s Global Technology Outlook in 2017 where she contributed to creating IBM’s vision for the future of IT across global labs and business units focusing on IBM’s AI leadership.
Kaoutar received her doctorate degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY in 2007. Kaoutar has received the American Association of University Women fellowship, the Robert McNaughton Award for best thesis in computer science at RPI, IBM’s Eminence and Excellence award for leadership in increasing Women’s presence in science and technology, IBM’s Tier II award for contributions to the foundational POWER software technologies and promoting these systems in Africa, and two IBM’s outstanding accomplishment awards for contributions to building cognitive virtual agents.
Kaoutar is the Co-chair of the Arab Women in Computing organization, Co-chair of IBM Research Watson Women Network (WWN), and an avid supporter and active member of several women in science and technology initiatives.