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February 17, 2006

Dr. Jim Spohrer, Director, Almaden Services Research, IBM Almaden Research Center, 2/8/06

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Dr. Jim Spohrer is the Director of Services Research at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA. From 2000-2003, at IBM, Dr. Spohrer was CTO of IBM's Venture Capital Relations Group, where he identified technology trends and worked to establish win-win relationships between IBM and VC-backed portfolio companies. Previously, Dr. Spohrer directed the IBM Almaden Research Center's Computer Science Foundation Department, and before that was senior manager and co-strategist for IBM's User Experience / Human Computer Interaction Research effort.

Previously, at Apple, Dr. Spohrerwas a DEST (Distinguished Engineer, Scientist, and Technologist) and program manager of learning technology projects in Apple's Advanced Technology Group. He lead the effort to create Apple's first online learning community and vision for anytime, anywhere e-learning.

Dr. Spohrer has published broadly in the areas of speech recognition, empirical studies of programmers, artificial intelligence, authoring tools, online learning communities, open-source software, intelligent tutoring systems and student modeling, new paradigms in using computers, implications of rapid technical change, as well as the coevolution of social, business, and technical systems. He has also helped to establish two education research non-profit web sites: The Educational Object Economy and WorldBoard: Associating Information with Places.

Dr. Spohrer is a frequent advisor to the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, and other groups on the implications of rapid technological change to the future of education.

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