Sam S. Adams

Senior Artificial Intelligence Researcher

Sam Adams


  • BS, Chemistry, East Central Oklahoma State University

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Sam Adams is an expert in artificial intelligence in our Research Computing Division. He applies AI and knowledge graph techniques to the unique data curation and integration challenges of our data scientists. Sam is also the Mission Architect for Project Catapult, a cloud-based platform for AI and Data Science for use across RTI.

Before joining RTI in 2018, Mr. Adams spent more than two decades with IBM Research, where he was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology in 1995 and appointed one of the first IBM Distinguished Engineers in 1996. Sam co-authored IBM’s XML Strategy and coined the term “Service Oriented Architecture”.  Holding 29 patents, he played a leading role in a wide range of strategic initiatives including artificial general intelligence, autonomous learning, end-user programming, contextual data fusion, big data and analytics, enterprise-scale data curation, massive multicore programming and high-performance graph database acceleration, and most recently applying Internet of Things data and reactive knowledge graphs to the challenges of global elder care in the coming Aging Boom. A pioneer in the understanding of how Big Data, Analytics and AI will affect different industry sectors, Mr. Adams helped shape IBM’s strategy around multiple global megatrends in technology.

Mr. Adams began his career as a computer graphics software developer and AI researcher. He was chief scientist of Knowledge Systems Corporation, which he co-founded. He is a member of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Artificial General Intelligence Society.