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Dr. John Cohn


VASE Board Member

Inducted 2010



20 Duxbury Rd
Richmond, VT 05477


Research Interests

My research interests are in developing new neuro-symbolic AI hybrids that combine the best capabilities of neural networks with the explainability and composability of symbolic programs. My goal is to build systems that are more flexible and less data intensive than current supervised learning techniques. I believe these techniques will make AI more versatile, more 'green' and allow it to be run on less capable edge devices such as in the Internet of Things. I am also passionate about building interest and understanding of Science , Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) topics and careers in students and in the general public.

Honors and Awards

Co-starring in "The Colony" technical reality TV show on Discovery Channel beginning 7/21/09
Elected VP Americas for IBM Academy of Technology 2007
Appointed IBM Fellow (1 of 63 in the IBM Company) 
Named IBM Burlington Master Inventor
IEEE Division 1 Award for Service to the Field and Community

Elected to IBM Academy Technology Council (12 member leadership of IBM 192,000 member technical community)
Elected Fellow of the IEEE 

Appointed Distinguished Engineer - Technical Executive
Elected IBM Academy of Technology - 300 person technical advisory council to IBM Corporate Technology Council
IBM Patent supplemental value award
Appointed State Science Testing Content Committee by VT Secretary of Education
VT Chamber of Commerce grant for science education
IEEE grant for robotics in schools program

2006- Present IBM Fellow, IBM Systems and Technology Group

2002- Present Chief Scientist for Design Automation, Distinguished Engineer, IBM Systems and Technology Group Chief Electronic Design Automation Scientist for IBM's Hardware Development

2001- 2002 Electronic Design Automation Group, IBM Microelectronics. Essex Jct. VT, Distinguished Engineer, Technical leader of IBM's 400 person internal CAD development team

1991 - 2001 Electronic Design Automation Group, IBM Microelectronics, Essex Jct. VT, Senior Technical Staff Member

1981 - 1988 Analog Specials Development, IBM Microelectronics, Essex Jct. VT and IBM Hursley Labs UK, Advisory Engineer


Approximately 50 patents issued or pending 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

BSEE Electrical Engineering 1977-1981


Professional Experience

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