Komminist (Kommy) Weldemariam is a Research Scientist and Manager at IBM Research – Africa. Prior to joining IBM, he was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Computing, Queen’s University (Canada) where he focused on designing tools and techniques for automated analysis, characterization, and detection of malicious activities on the Web. He was a Research Scientist (with a tenure-track title) at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Trento – Italy. At FBK, Kommy was involved in the development, evaluation and formal verification of security/safety-critical systems (such as Electronic Voting Systems). In addition, he was involved in the development of novel ways of using technology to foster economic and social development, often targeting areas characterized by a low penetration of ICT. He was a contractual Professor at the University of Trento (Italy) and a visiting researcher in the Security Lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara CA (USA).
Kommy has co-authored more than 55 scientific articles and filed more than 45 inventions. He is involved in the organizing committee for various conferences/workshops in various capacities (see the “Professional Service” section). He received a B.S. from Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), a M.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (India) and a Ph.D. from the University of Trento (Italy), all in Computer Science. Recently, Kommy was named one of Africa’s Most Influencial Young Scientist, a fellow of the Next Einstein Forum and also honored as an Emerging Young Scientist at the World Economic Forum, 2015/2016.