I am Rob Weir. I grew up in Saugerties, New York. I’ve also lived in Cambridge, Somerville and Westford Massachusetts. I currently live in Dover, New Hampshire. I am a 1991 graduate of Harvard College, with a degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics.
I joined IBM in 1995, as part of the acquisition of Lotus Development Corporation, where I had worked since 1991. I am a Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM) in IBM Software Group. I have a strong professional interest in data science, especially social network analytics and machine learning, especially as they relate to social and cognitive computing.
Professionally, I am a member of the ACM and the Apache Software Foundation.
I also collect hobbies. I am a member of the American Philatelic Society, the United States Chess Federation, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the American Association of Variable Star Observers, and I am a trained SkyWarn weather spotter. I play trombone, bagpipes, djembe, doumbek, didgeridoo and ukulele rather poorly, and recorder rather well. Whether or nor I sing is as yet an unresolved question, greatly in dispute. My photography has been published in several magazines, and recently was shown in a curated gallery exhibit.
This is my personal blog. The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent the positions, strategies or opinions of my employer or any of the organizations I’m associated with.
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