||Dr. Kishore Swaminathan|
As the chief scientist of Accenture, Dr. Kishore Swaminathan defines Accenture’s Technology Vision and helps set Accenture’s technology and research agenda. He also directly heads Accenture’s Systems Integration research located in Chicago, Silicon Valley, Calif., Sophia Antipolis, France and Bangalore, India.
Born and raised in Madurai, India, Swaminathan took an interest in science while studying, ironically, history. “I realized that the ideas of Archimedes and Pythagoras endure but not the empire of Alexander,” he recalls. “It made me want to focus on science to understand the world in a deep way, taking nothing for granted, but questioning everything.”
Dr. Swaminathan he received his Bachelor of Technology in aeronautical engineering at the elite Indian Institute of Technology at Madras, then went on to earn his master’s and PhD in computer science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Over the years, Dr. Swaminathan has worked on more than a dozen research projects and has as many patents to his credit. One of his projects in corporate knowledge management received the Computerworld Smithsonian award for the best application of IT in 2000.