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Re: [ontolog-forum] Watson Jeopardy! Supercomputer & Education Event

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2011 09:41:50 -0500
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Did any subscribers to Ontolog Forum attend the event?  Does anyone
have any comments, insights, or pointers to relevant material?
(Copy of the original note to Ontolog Forum below.)    (01)

For related info, following is a 39 minute presentation by Ferrucci
from November 4:    (02)

http://ibmresearchnews.blogspot.com/2011/11/artificial-intelligence-promise.html    (03)

In this talk, he doesn't discuss Jeopardy.  Instead, he begins with
a general intro followed by a discussion of how the Watson technology
can be applied to other areas, especially medical informatics.    (04)

For another paper that goes into more technical detail, see    (05)

    http://bill.murdocks.org/iccbr2011murdock_web.pdf    (06)

This is from the Proceedings of the 19th International Conference
on Case Based Reasoning (ICCBR'11).    (07)

John    (08)

-------- Original Message --------
From: *Jim Spohrer* <spohrer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 9:47 AM
Subject: Invitation Nov 16th IBM Almaden event - Watson Jeopardy!
Supercomputer & Education Event
To: peter.yim@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:peter.yim@xxxxxxxxx>    (09)

Hope all is well!
In case you or your Ontolog network are interested...
Passcode: watson2win    (010)

Greetings!    (011)

You are invited to a unique symposium at IBM Research in Almaden,
California, on *Wednesday, November 16 - TRANSFORMING AN INDUSTRY

Come and explore with IBM and your colleagues the implications of
Watson's technology for Higher Education.  Details are below; please
register as soon as possible.  Space is limited.  This  symposium will
not be repeated.    (013)

*Watson*, named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, was built by a team
of IBM scientists with valuable help from research partners from
Carnegie Mellon University, University of Texas, University of Southern
California, University of Massachusetts, University of Trento (Italy),
MIT, RPI, and the University of Albany.  The team set out to accomplish
a grand challenge — build a computing system that rivals a human’s
ability to answer questions posed in natural language with speed,
accuracy and confidence. Watson passed its first test on Jeopardy! in
February 2011, but the real test will be in applying the underlying
systems, data management and analytics technology across different
industries, especially in education.  Through its advanced analytical,
computing, and storage capabilities, Watson is a technological
breakthrough, representing the next wave in computing and information
management.  In order to continue to shape the vision and  exert
   leadership in higher education research, teaching, and learning,  it
is essential  for University leaders to become familiar with Watson.  We
hope you accept our invitation to this symposium.    (014)

There is an unprecedented 'information explosion' that can paralyze
organizations as they address increasingly intertwined issues.  Driving
this are today's mounting complex and volatile challenges that call for
smarter, collaborative, fact based decision making, now more so than
ever, to deliver progress.  A historic opportunity exists to accelerate
desired outcomes by embracing analytics as a core management competency.
   It's time to demonstrate greater value to the constituents of the
education industry.  Watson's technology directly relates to addressing
these core challenges for the future.    (015)

*Join us *for an in-depth look at the present and future education
industry implications of Watson’s DeepQA technology and how it will
impact university administration, research, and curriculum.    (016)

*Date and Time:*
Wednesday, November 16, 2011, from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm    (017)

IBM Research - Almaden
650 Harry Road
San Jose, CA 95120    (018)

To learn more about IBM Research - Almaden: http://almaden.ibm.com/
For visitor information, including directions:
http://almaden.ibm.com/almaden/visitorinfo.shtml    (019)

**9:30 **Registration and Doors Open    (020)

          10:00                 Welcome - Mike King, IBM Vice President,
Global Education Industry
                          IBM and Innovation:  How IBM Research Started
in a University and Ultimately Led to Watson!    (021)

                          Watson:  The Journey to Jeopardy! - Dr. Dave
Ferrucci, Lead Investigator, DeepQA/Watson Project    (022)

          12:00                LUNCH    (023)

                          Panel: Thought Leaders on the Application and
Implications of Watson's Technology    (024)

                           Analytics in a Smarter Campus - Steve Gold,
Director, SPSS, IBM Software Group    (025)

                          Social Software and Analytics for the Research
Project Lifecycle - Carl Osipov, IBM Software Group Strategy    (026)

          4:00                End of Day    (027)

THAN MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14 *<mailto:maria.philip@xxxxxxxxxx>*AT THE
FOLLOWING SITE: *    (028)

https://www.eventville.com/Catalog/EventRegistration1.asp?EventId=1008563    (029)

Passcode: watson2win    (030)

We look forward to seeing you on November 16.  You won't want to miss
this opportunity to hear from the IBM Researchers who are developing
Watson's next challenge, network with colleagues, and contribute to
shaping the implications of Watson's technology for Higher Education.    (031)

Regards,    (032)

*JoAnn Winson*
Program Director, Univ Partnership Exec Program & Other Global
University Programs    (033)

-Jim    (034)

Dr. James C. Spohrer
Innovation Champion and
Director, IBM University Programs World-Wide (IBM UP)
IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA 95120 USA
spohrer@xxxxxxxxxx <mailto:spohrer@xxxxxxxxxx>
408-927-1928 <tel:408-927-1928> (o)
408-829-3112 <tel:408-829-3112> (c)    (035)

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