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IBM Watson and the Beginning of a New Era of Cognitive Computing

TITLE: IBM Watson and the Beginning of a New Era of Cognitive Computing

DATE/TIME: March 20th, 2013 6:30 - 8:45 PM, with food/drinks

ABSTRACT: We are on the verge of a new era of computing. We refer to this as the Era of Cognitive Computing -- an era in which computers perform tasks that were previously outside the realm of what computors have traditionally been good at. With Watson, we have demonstrated that computing systems are able to understand the idiosyncrasies and nuance of human written language well enough to answer questions with incredible accuracy, and across enormous volumes of information. This is just the beginning of cognitive computing. In the years to come we will see a whole class of computing capabilities emerge that extend to other dimensions of human cognition -- the ability to perceive, to rationalize, to plan, to anticipate, and so forth. These are the capabilities that we expect to see emerge to help solve bigger and more important problems. In this talk I will outline what Watson is, how it works, how we're employing it to address big problems in Health Care, and how it lays a foundation for addressing deep natural language processing and other dimensions of Cognitive Computing.


Rob High is an IBM Fellow, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Watson Solutions, IBM Software Group. He has overall responsibility to drive Watson Solutions technical strategy and thought leadership. As a key member of the Watson Solutions Leadership team, Rob works collaboratively with the Watson engineering, research, and development teams across IBM. Prior to joining the Watson Solutions team, Rob was Chief Architect for the SOA Foundation and member of the IBM Academy of Technology, Rob championed an open industry architectural definition of the principles of business and IT alignment enabled by SOA and Business Process Optimization, as well as ensuring IBM's software and services portfolio is architecturally grounded to enable for efficient SOA-based solutions. This responsibility extended across the IBM software portfolio, including WebSphere, Rational, Tivoli, Lotus, and Information Management offerings. Rob has 37 years of programming experience and has worked with distributed, objectoriented, component-based transaction monitors for the last 26 years, including SOMObject Server, Component Broker, and the WebSphere Application Server. Rob previously served as Chief Architect for the WebSphere foundation with architectural responsibility for the WebSphere Application Server and the related products integrated on that core runtime.



Meeting Agenda:
6:30 p.m. Networking and Gathering
7:00 p.m. Call to Order, Announcement
7:15 p.m. Presentation, with Q/A
8:45 p.m. Meeting Evaluation, Adjourn
Vinay Abburi,
Mar 25, 2013, 8:44 AM