Universities enroll to develop IBM's Watson

Universities enroll to develop IBM's Watson

Summary: IBM and eight universities from around the world will collaborate on developing Big Blue's Watson supercomputer and the question answering (QA) technology behind it.

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IBM and eight universities from around the world will collaborate on developing Big Blue's Watson supercomputer and the question answering (QA) technology behind it.

Watson on Monday will appear on Jeopardy to compete against humans.

The universities signed up to advance Watson's QA technology include:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and its Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab;
  • University of Texas, which will collaborate on automated reasoning and common sense;
  • University of Southern California, which will focus on information extraction and parsing;
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), which will work on visualization tools;
  • University at Albany, which has developed QA capability for longer investigations;
  • University of Trento, which will focus on machine learning and conversational agents;
  • University of Massachusetts, which will work on information retrieval;
  • Carnegie Mellon, which already contributed algorithms to Watson.

The plan is to develop an open architecture---including open source software---so researchers can collaborate on Watson's QA technology and apply those enhancements in the field.

Topics: CXO, Enterprise Software, IBM

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  • Drop the "AI" and call it "Advanced Computing Technology"

    because, it's just advanced hardware with advanced programming and advanced algorithms.
    adornoe
  • RE: Universities enroll to develop IBM's Watson

    The article says "...eight universities from around the world..." and yet 7 of the universities are located here in the US. How does adding just 1 non-US university qualify this list for the "...around the world..." status?
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