Dr. John R. Smith is an IBM fellow and Manager of the Multimedia and Vision Department at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. He leads research and development in biometrics, video analytics and multimedia. His team is responsible for Research and Development at IBM Watson Developer Cloud Visual Recognition, IBM Multimedia Analysis and Retrieval System (IMARS), and IBM Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA). Among other IBM industrial products and projects, John was co-CEO of the recent ACM International Conference in New York, on multimedia data recovery. He is also a fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), a professional organization with 400,000 members and chapters in countries around the world. From 2010 to 2014, he was editor-in-chief of IEEE Multimedia, a quarterly publication on the scientific inter-evaluation of multimedia technologies.