Nirmal Mukhi leads platform development at Watson Education, a startup incubated within IBM Research. He is responsible for the development of core AI services for cognitive education solutions. He is also the technical lead for the Watson Tutor, a virtual tutoring system currently being used at colleges across the United States. He has more than 15 years of experience conducting research in the areas of distributed computing, service oriented computing and business process management. Nirmal is an IBM Master Inventor, has over 30 peer reviewed publications and a number of patents.