Dr. Chitra Dorai
AI Scientist, Founder & CEO, AmicusBrain
Dr. Chitra Dorai is an AI Scientist and the Founder & CEO of AmicusBrain focused on bringing the power of AI to tackle some of the important problems in banking and healthcare industries. She was formerly at IBM as an IBM Fellow (first Indian woman in the globe to receive this recognition) and as the Global CTO for cognitive services in the Global Business Services unit. During her tenure at IBM, Dr. Dorai was a recipient of IBM’s highest honor in 2011 – the Gerstner Award for Client Excellence, was recognized as an IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2012, and was appointed by the IBM CEO as an IBM Fellow, the company’s preeminent technical honor in 2015. Her work on customer focused analytics in mortgage servicing helped thousands of struggling home owners through home ownership retention programs and alternative workout options during one of the most challenging times in the history of the U.S. housing market. In 2014, Dr. Dorai received the Tamil American Pioneer Award for Excellence in Finance and Business from the Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America. In 2016, she was profiled as a “Societal Innovator” in the IBM HQ. In 2018, she received “The Visionary” award from the National Association of Women in Real Estate Business.
Dr. Dorai graduated from IIT Madras with an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and received her Ph.D. in Computer Science at Michigan State University with the Distinguished Academic Achievement award. She is the co-inventor of more than 45 patents and has received multiple high-value patent awards at IBM. She was recognized as a Master Inventor thrice for attaining a significant number of high quality inventions and patents and reaching a certain level of IBM invention achievement award and recognition. She has co-authored 100+ technical papers in IEEE and ACM conferences and journals, edited a book and received 5 best paper awards at international conferences. She has presented keynote addresses and technical talks at academic research conferences, industry symposia and panels, and has served in many organizational roles on committees at the International Conferences over the past two decades. She is frequently interviewed or cited in press, web news and blogs, and YouTube video on a wide variety of topics from AI, Blockchain, Big Data and Analytics to lending industry transformation. Dr. Dorai was featured as an AI Visionary in NAWRB's most recent publication. In a 2016 profile, The Voices & View from FemTech Leaders... Dr. Dorai discussed her work in cognitive computing. Some of her key invited presentations at recent events and conferences include MBA Tech 2018, Web Summit 2017, Watson Summit 2017, MBA Tech 2017, The 2017 Richey May Mortgage Banking Round Table for CEOS and Presidents of independent mortgage banks and The Hackett Group’s 2017 Best Practices Conference.
Following two decades of a very decorated career at IBM, Dr. Dorai is currently focused on her entrepreneurial ventures and her continued work to make AI accessible to everyone with her webinars and podcasts.