Ron Brachman Joins the Cornell Tech as the New Institute Director

Brachman brings highly influential academic research and industry experience from Yahoo Labs, Bell Labs, AT&T Labs and DARPA, where he led world-class research teams and drove the creation of innovative technology with exceptional real-world impact



Ron Brachman, a computer scientist who is an internationally recognized authority on artificial intelligence, Joins Cornell Tech As The New Director Of The Jacobs Institute. The Jacobs Institute emphasis on moving beyond traditional structures of academia to offer a global perspective on research, education, technology transfer, commercialization and entrepreneurship.

Brachman was Yahoo’s Chief Scientist and Head of Yahoo Labs, where he oversaw all of Yahoo’s science activities worldwide, including teams in Haifa and New York, providing leadership at the intersection of research, applied science and academic partnerships.

He was one of the founders of Yahoo Research and the creator of Yahoo’s Academic Relations group, and throughout his ten years at Yahoo helped drive the creation of experimental initiatives and hired and managed top talent.

As the Director of the Information Processing Technology Office at DARPA, Brachman established the Cognitive Systems initiative, which developed the technology that led to the creation of Siri.

At Bell Labs and AT&T Labs, he drove the overall vision and technical direction of multiple research labs and built world-class groups in AI, Machine Learning, HCI, Security, and other critical technology areas.

He has won multiple awards, has served as President of AAAI, currently serves on the Board of the Computing Research Association, and is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, and AAAI. He also advises Segovia Technology, a New York startup that builds software systems for bringing cash payments to the world’s poorest people, working to eliminate poverty in emerging economies and provide humanitarian relief.

The Institute has attracted top talent to its faculty, and is part of one of the strongest security and privacy groups in the world.

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