Finance. Construction. Healthcare. Energy. Consumer technology. International development. We’re partnering with global leaders harnessing AI to change the world.

We announced our membership program at AI Research Week 2019, our annual signature event.

It takes a (global) village. Our member companies sit on our advisory board and influence our research portfolio with invaluable domain knowledge. By grounding their R&D in the peer-reviewed science of the lab, they ensure a strong foundation for innovation.


Nexplore is the innovation arm of Grupo ACS, whose global portfolio of companies comprises the largest construction and industrial services company in the world. From the high-speed rail project in California to some of the world’s most beautiful airports, Grupo ACS companies are building the world’s most critical infrastructure.

Woodside is the pioneer of the liquid-natural gas industry in Australia and a leading investor in renewable energy. A supporter of the Paris Agreement, Woodside aims to be net zero in its operations by 2050 and believes natural gas has a significant role to play in the world’s energy transformation as the lowest emission hydrocarbon fuel.

Boston Scientific is dedicated to transforming lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. Boston Scientific’s businesses include neuromodulation, interventional cardiology, heart rhythm management, peripheral interventions, endoscopy and urology.

Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial financial services through more than 8,400 locations and offices in 42 countries. With approximately 268,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States and employs about one in 600 working Americans.

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Evonik is a world leader in specialty chemicals, striving to provide the materials making tires fuel-efficient, mattresses more elastic, medications more effective, and animal feeds healthier. The company is active in more than 100 countries around the world and generated sales of €12.2 billion in 2020. Evonik goes far beyond chemistry to create innovative, profitable and sustainable solutions for customers.

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Shell is an international energy company whose purpose is to power progress together with more and cleaner energy solutions. Shell uses advanced technologies to take an innovative approach to produce and distribute energy in more efficient, reliable and sustainable ways.

New member onboarding: Charles Leiserson (MIT) and Jie Chen (IBM Research), along with their students and colleagues, present and discuss their xGraph project on accelerated and explainable graph deep learning. An important part of the onboarding process is collaboratively exploring the diverse MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab portfolio and identifying opportunities aligned with the member company’s business priorities.

Membership Offering

Intellectual Property

Open-source code is abundant, but much of it is licensed only for non-commercial use. At the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, companies can have access to IP developed by our projects, then safely build new proprietary technologies for business impact.

IBM Support

Even the most tech-savvy companies struggle to fully harness the power of AI, especially cutting-edge scientific work. To support members in this quest, our engagement team from IBM Research works closely with member companies on strategy, portfolio review, project engagement, prototyping, and pathways to scale.


We know AI. You know your business. Integrating domain knowledge from our members is a critical part of the lab’s mission. Each member company has a seat on our Executive Advisory Council and an open door to our office space through our Scholar in Residence program. Through parallel workstreams with tight feedback loops, our research is grounded in the most pressing real world problems.

Institutional Learning

For an organization to form and execute a sound AI strategy, its people must develop a strong collective understanding of the technology itself and its development path over time. Through our member engagements, we offer access to workshops, tutorials, special events, and webinars serving as an important training tools for companies seeking to skill-up in AI.