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Center for Supply Networks and Analytics: “Supply Chain Risk Insights Powered By Watson”

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 5:00pm

Location: Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, Howard Isermann ’42 Auditorium, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy Campus


Details: When do supply chain leaders take costly risk mitigating actions to recover from the impact of a natural event (i.e., a hurricane or earthquake), and when can they simply take caution?

This talk will cover:

  • Automated storm tracking, visualization, and risk assessments
  • Automated monitoring of impactful news events and social media feeds
  • Geospatial visualization of internal and external operations and supply chain locations
  • Application to other risk events
  • Risk mitigation workflow based on analytics
  • Shared best practices


Tom Ward '86 is an enterprise services cloud and cognitive strategist at IBM. He has directed supply chain cloud projects over the past six years and for the past three years Tom has led Watson applications for the supply chain. He has been a featured supply chain conference speaker and published author in Forbes, Supply Chain Management Review, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), the American Society for Quality (ASQ), and the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS). Tom earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  

Rahul Nahar is an enterprise services analytics, architecture, and strategy senior technical staff member at IBM. In this role, he leads the development of analytics and cognitive solutions for enterprise services. Rahul has been leading the effort to leverage Watson application program interfaces (API’s) and solutions in account receivables collections, supply chain risk management (risk insights), and quality and client satisfaction. He has broad experience in developing and implementing analytic solutions across the supply chain. Rahul earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia.