Former IBM Fellow, Chief Scientist
, Context Computing
Jeff Jonas, Data Scientist, Former IBM Fellow, Serial Entrepreneur. Jonas is an acclaimed data scientist who thrives on solving some of the world’s most complex business challenges. His systems extract useful intelligence from tsunamis of data. These systems tackle high-profile challenges including identifying potential terrorists, detecting fraudulent behavior in casinos, connecting loved ones after a natural disaster, and earlier detection of surprise asteroids, to name a few. As Founder and Chief Scientist of Systems Research & Development (SRD), Jonas created Non-Obvious Relationship Awareness (NORA) – a sophisticated application which integrates diverse data sources allowing Las Vegas casinos to better understand with whom they were really doing business. This technology caught the eye of In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the CIA, leading to one of two rounds of venture capital for SRD and ultimately led to IBM’s acquisition of SRD in January 2005. IBM continues to use this NORA-class technology (now called IBM InfoSphere Identity Insight) to address world-class problems, e.g., early detection of fraud for a financial services company, saving them $200M to date.