Dr. Joel Branch
Chief Product Officer, Lucd, Inc.
Dr. Joel W. Branch is Chief of Product at Lucd, Inc., where he leads development of platforms for end-to-end governance, explainability, and trust in building and deploying AI solutions in the enterprise. Previously, Dr. Branch was a manager in the Advanced Technology Group at ESPN, where he worked on predictive analytics for sports data and media. Prior to ESPN, he was a Research Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center where he investigated a range of challenges in enterprise computing, including business application discovery and failure prediction, and resource management for wireless sensor networks. Dr. Branch also enjoys occasional stints in the classroom and has served as adjunct professors at both NYU Polytechnic Institute and Columbia University in New York, NY. Dr. Branch’s research has resulted in over 20 patents and over 20 publications. He received his B.S. in Systems and Computer Science from Howard University, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is passionate about the promotion of diversity and equality in the STEM community. Most importantly, Joel enjoys life by spending time with family, friends, and perfecting his BBQ skills. He is a proud native of the suburbs of Chicago, IL.