Dr. Gopal Pingali is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Executive Director of the IBM Global Cloud Center of Excellence, which he started in 2009. In this role he drives the technical design of cloud solutions for enterprises worldwide, ensures standardization and quality in cloud solutions, and leads a team of solution architects across the Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific. He and his team have worked with over 1000 major companies around the world on Cloud transformation.
Prior to this role, he was in the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in New York for a decade where he played various roles including Chief Architect of a Big Bet on Mobile Web, leader of Experience Management and its application to Services, and leader of Smart Interactive Spaces. Gopal obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1993 in Image Modeling and Restoration for Scanning Probe Microscopy. He worked at Bell Labs in New Jersey till 2001 where he pioneered real time video based tracking systems that have now become a standard in sports broadcasts as well as in a variety of customer activity analysis and surveillance systems. He is currently operating from Bangalore, India in a global role in IBM Global Technology Services. Earlier to this role he also led a joint Research Collaboratory between IBM Research and the Indian School of Business at Hyderabad, India.
Gopal is an IBM Master Inventor and Member of the IBM Academy Leadership Team.
Gopal has published over 65 papers in peer reviewed international conferences and journals, has 45 patents filed or issued, and has been an invited keynote speaker or panelist at forty venues including IEEE Cloud Computing Conferences and workshops, IEEE and ACM Multimedia conferences, IETE National Conferences in India, US Government workshops, and at top Universities such as MIT, Georgia Tech, University of California, Brown University, Indian Institute of Science, and National University of Singapore. Gopal has been chair of various international conferences including being the founding Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing in Emerging Markets and running this conference in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Gopal won the IEEE Mark Weiser Best Paper Award in Pervasive Computing in 2003, the bi-annual Best Industrial Research Paper Award at the International Conference on Pattern Recognition in 2000, the IEEE Best System Paper Award at the International Workshop on Multimodal Sentient Computing in 2007. He won outstanding technical achievement awards at IBM over the years and the Mark Ernst Memorial Award for Outstanding Mentoring at IBM in 2013.