WHAT IS CAS?
CAS is a system of engagement for academic collaboration with IBM. We connect IBMers with students, educators and researchers applying IBM technology to business and societal challenges. We host research and education projects, and an annual conference.
EDUCATION and RESEARCH
IBM has a breadth of approaches for curriculum engagement with institutions. Skills Academy charges for curriculum and training. Skills Network provides it for free. Other groups co-develop custom programs together with academic institutions.
CAS aims to support all of these activities with hands-on examples, tutorials, assignments and projects that connect to curriculum learning objectives, incorporate IBM products and technology, and are maintained openly by IBMers, clients, business partners, educators and students working together. These assets will encourage the use of IBM technology in courses, whether on campus or online, and ensure that everyone can link to content that matches the latest IBM product updates.
We anticipate that product teams will also use these assets as use cases and test cases. Further, by measuring learners' NPS for tools used during these assignments, we can assess the impact of product changes on first time users. By providing an easy method of linking to these examples, we can measure our reach and everywhere they are being used. Ideally, we would host these assignments, examples, etc. directly in the IBM cloud, or embedded as just-in-time learning within the specific products.
We help IBM product teams to engage with students and faculty in joint academic-industry projects that promote innovation within IBM's offerings and in published academic research. We currently have 49 active research projects associated with 102 IBM products, that involve 107 IBMers, 43 faculty and 94 graduate students. In advancing the thesis research of each student, these projects generate publications, patents and IBM product contributions.
The IBM Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) was established in 1990 at the IBM Toronto Software Laboratory. The primary aim of CAS is to facilitate the transfer of research ideas into the products and services in IBM. The first CASCON was held in November 1991 at IBM Toronto Lab, which grew to become the premiere conference in computer science and software engineering in Canada. Today it is one of the most important international conferences in the world in areas such as software engineering, database technology, and the smart internet.