Rama Akkiraju is a VP of Enterprise AI & Automation at NVIDIA. Prior to this, Rama held various leadership roles at IBM in her two decades-plus career. Most recently, Rama was an IBM Fellow, and a Master Inventor at IBM where she was the CTO of IBM Watson AI Operations product, a product to optimize IT operations management with AI. Prior to this role, Rama led the AI mission of enabling natural, personalized, and compassionate conversations between computers and humans where she and her team developed and delivered several differentiating AI Services such as Personality Insights, Tone Analyzer, Emotion Analysis, and Sentiment Analysis services to the IBM Watson platform. Rama also led the effort to scale IBM Watson’s AI services including Automatic Speech Recognition, Natural Language Understanding, and Chatbot services to dozens of languages. Before this, Rama led various projects and Research teams at IBM Watson Research Center and IBM Almaden Research Center in the areas of agent-based decision support systems, business process management, electronic marketplaces, and semantic Web services, for which she led a World-Wide-Web (W3C) standard. Rama has co-authored 100+ papers, holds 50+ patents, and received multiple awards, including Forbes' 'Top 20 Women in AI Research' (2017) and UC Berkeley's Athena Award (2020).