Shiqiang Wang

Research Staff Member | IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Lecture Information:
  • October 18, 2019
  • 2:00 PM
  • CASE 241
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Speaker Bio

Shiqiang Wang is a Research Staff Member in the Distributed AI Department at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, NY, USA. He received his Ph.D. at Imperial College London, UK, in 2015. His current research focuses on theoretical and practical aspects of mobile edge computing, cloud computing, and machine learning. He has over 50 scholarly publications. He received the IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award (OTAA) in 2019, multiple Invention Achievement Awards from IBM since 2016, and the Best Student Paper Award of the Network and Information Sciences International Technology Alliance (NIS-ITA) in 2015. For more details, please visit his homepage at


Emerging technologies and applications including the Internet of Things (IoT), social networking, and crowd-sourcing generate a large amount of data at the network edge. Machine learning models are often built from the collected data, to enable the detection, classification, and prediction of future events. Due to bandwidth, storage, and privacy restrictions, it is often impractical to send all the data to a central location. In this talk, we present a recent technique, known as federated learning, that enables model training from decentralized data distributed across multiple edge nodes, without sending raw data to a central place. We first describe the basic federated learning procedure that is based on distributed gradient descent, then discuss several ways of enhancing the communication and computation efficiency of federated learning. The talk covers both theoretical and practical (systems) aspects of federated learning. Some open challenges and other related work are also outlined at the end of the talk.