IBM brings in academic superstars to move cognitive computing beyond Watson


IBM’s famous Watson system kicked butt on Jeopardy! and is already making a name for itself in the health care space but it’s not yet good enough. That’s why IBM is teaming with MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, New York University and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on a research initiative it hopes will advance the state of the art in what IBM calls “cognitive computing.”

A system like Watson is great at understanding the fields and data on which it’s trained, “But much additional research is needed to identify the systems, architectures and process technologies to support a new computing model that enables systems and people to work together across any domain of expertise,” IBM Research’s Zachary Lemnios said in a press release announcing the pact.

Here’s where each university involved will focus its research:

– MIT – How socio-technical tools and applications can boost the collective performance of moderate-sized groups of humans engaged in…

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