Since February 2018, Professor Mareels is the Lab Director, IBM Research Australia. He is an honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne.
Prior to this he was the Dean of Engineering at the University of Melbourne (2007-2018). He received the PhD in Systems Engineering from the Australian National University in 1987, and the Master of Engineering (Electromechanical) from Gent University in 1982.
At IBM Research Australia he is focused on developing the next generation of artificial intelligence remaining true to the motto “Famous for science and vital to IBM”. The AI application domains he pursues are health and medical systems, financial services, and the Internet-of-Things. The main implementation modality is to build on and to exploit IBM’s cloud infrastructure, and edge computing assets.
Iven is a Commander in the Order of the Crown of Belgium, a Fellow of The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering; The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA), the International Federation of Automatic Control and Engineers Australia. He is a Foreign Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.