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Naeem Altaf

IBM Distinguished Engineer, CTO Space Tech

Naeem leads IBM's Blue Tech Innovation group, focused on innovating from edge computing in space to the autonomous cognitive framework for CubeSat swarms, to growing challenges of space debris and collision avoidance, to geo-spatial analysis with satellite imagery, to exploring quantum computing for opening new realms of possibilities for the new space age. Naeem's team also partners with various space agencies, universities, and space tech companies, to design and build a first-of-a-kind proof of concepts and technical prototypes. Naeem has been leading work for IBM in collaboration with NASA and SETI for the Frontier Development Lab (FDL) program. Naeem is often a technical spokesperson internally and externally for IBM across a variety of topics including cloud, Internet-of-Things, blockchain, edge computing, and Space Tech. Naeem also has several articles and patents issued. He has been with IBM for more than 20 years.