IBM Watson's College Debut

March 30, 2011

IBM chose to bring Watson to Carnegie Mellon because of the significant role that CMU faculty and students played in developing Watson. IBM and CMU have a long-standing collaboration on question-answering technologies and natural language processing.

Student Team Takes on Watson

CMU students to take on IBM's WatsonLearn more about the Carnegie Mellon student team taking on Watson. Read more & watch video »


Behind the Development

PhD students Hideki Shima and Nico Schlaefer, along with Nyberg, contributed important algorithms and components during the development of Watson.Ph.D. students Hideki Shima and Nico Schlaefer, along with Nyberg, contributed important algorithms and components during the development of Watson. Read more & watch video »

Watson, the question-answering computer that beat two Jeopardy! champions during a TV matchup in Feb. 2011, took on students from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.

This is the first time Watson played on any college campus, and David Ferrucci, leader of the IBM Watson project team, was on hand to talk tech.

Events

For the Language Techies

Deep Dive into Deep QA Natural Language Technology
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Interviews with experts at the event including students, professors and IBMers

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Watson Has a New Job

David Ferrucci, IBM Chief Scientist of IBM's Watson Computing SystemThe Watson Technology and Its Future Applications
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Watson Demo with CMU and Pitt Students

CMU students to take on IBM's WatsonA question-answer demonstration

IBM Watson researcher Eric Brown. Representing Carnegie Mellon: Connor Fallon, junior Creative Writing major and president of the Games Creation Society; Erik Schmidt, junior electrical and computer engineering major and secretary of IEEE at CMU; and Will Zhang, junior computer science major and president of ACM@CMU. Alternate team members are all College Bowl members: Trevor Davis, senior computer science major; Dennis Meng, sophomore computer science major; John Retterer-Moore, freshman computer science major. Learn more »

Interviews with experts at the event including students, professors and IBMers

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Q & A Panel with experts from IBM, CMU and Pitt

Eric Nyberg, professor in the Language Technologies Institute, consulted with IBM from the beginning of the Watson projectModerated by Dr. Bernie Meyerson, VP of Innovation and University Programs, IBM
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Panel members to include:

Closing remarks & interviews with IBM's Dr. Bernie Meyerson & others

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