IBM Watson Academic Engagement
What Watson related skills do students need in the 21st century?
How can individuals get involved with Watson?
What role can universities play in Watson’s development?
How will Watson technology redefine the future of computing?
Supporting an educational strategy that promotes:
•Research:Collaborate on research with select institutions
•Readiness:Build a strong pipeline of skills
•Recruiting:Provide opportunities for graduates to secure and fill critical roles
•Results:Discover and drive opportunities today and tomorrow
IBM Watson Academic Engagement Programs
Cognitive Computing courses focused on Watson
•Case Competitions / Use Case projects
•The Great Mind Challenge –Watson Edition
•Hackathons / Showcases
•Cognitive Systems Institute
Course will empower university students with the technical knowledge to build apps infused with Watson's intelligence, while gaining the entrepreneurial vision to deliver their Innovations into the marketplace First wave of universities offering Cognitive Computing coursework and the next step in IBM's Strategy to fuel an ecosystem of innovatorsmaking Cognitive the new standard of computing.
Syllabus includes a mix of technical and business areas
Section 1: Content Theory -collection, curation, etc. Assignment: corpus development
Section 2: Test Theory -test, training, evaluation, etc. Assignment: corpus training
Section 3: Prototype App Development -Assignment: design, develop and deliver a prototype app
Section 4: Business Planning –Assignment: Mini business plan
New York Univ
Univ of Michigan
Univ of Toronto
Bring Watson to your university!
Expanding globally to add 70-100 universities in 2015
Singapore, Australia/NZ, UKI/Europe, Brazil, India, Africa & NA are target areas
Formon website to indicate interest
Plans underway to develop an entire curriculum focused on cognitive computing principles
Fall 2014 Cognitive Computing Course leveraging Watson
Gives students unprecedented access to Watson-via the Watson Developer Cloud
IBM will provide: support on course development, technical mentors, guest speakers, and more to ensure success
As a classroom, students will select an industry to focus on and then break into teams to develop prototype apps and a business plan ·
The explosion of data-driven content has sparked a new wave of career opptys
High need for professionals with expertise in fields such asnatural language processing, machine learning and content lifecycle management
Actively recruiting for Watson jobs
2015 Academic Engagement Expansion Plans:
“Bring Watson to your university!”
Expanding globally to add 75-100 universities in 2015
6 of 7 continents: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America
Menu: choice of two semester-long courses, projects, modules, case competitions, The Great Mind Challenge, Hackathons. Goal is to offer flexibility to the university.
Watson Academic Engagement: Around the world spotlight 2015
UK and Ireland: ~7-10
New Zealand: ~2
US and Canada: ~ 35-50
A collaborative effort between universities, research institutes, and IBM clients to advance the state-of- the-art in cognitive computing. Launched in 2013 with just four universities, expanded in 2014 and beyond. Will grow to 300+ universities at varying levels of research collaboration.
Create linkagesbetween faculty and IBM Researchers to define cognitive system grand challenges
Help faculty and their top graduate students to prepare aligned collaborative research proposalsto submit to funding agencies, such as the just announced NSF Smart Service Systems program
Explore academic interest in hosting an IBM-Researcher(s)-In-Residence at their universities
Compile point of view (POV) documents on the potential impacts of cognitive systems on business and society.
CALL TO ACTION
Cognitive Systems Institute
Go to website Cognitive Systems Institute
Join LinkedIn Group and join in the conversation
Take a short surveyto update the Institute about your thoughts and priorities
Participate in weekly calls and present your research when ready
Build Handbook of Cognitive Systems Research
Platforms: Cognition as a Service
BlueMix & SoftLayer & CCAMSS
DEEPQA Semantic Technologies
Watson Developer Cloud
Watson Platform Next (IBM Research)
Corelet Programming & TrueNorth
Access to Cognitive Platforms, Simulators
Researchers in Residence
Research papers and other publications
Point of View Documents
Courses, Videos, Book Articles