Cognitive systems institute group update speaker series june 25 2015


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Jim Spohrer's presentation on Cognitive Systems Institute Group Speaker Series June 25, 2015. Calls are Thursdays at 10:30am ET. Contact to attend.

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Cognitive systems institute group update speaker series june 25 2015

  1. 1. Jim Spohrer June 25, 2015 Cognitive Systems Institute Group Update
  2. 2. Thank You to All of Our Presenters Amar Viswanathan - RPI Meinholf Sellmann - IBM Research Ashok Goel - Georgia Tech Jim Hendler - RPI Chris Biemann - TU Darmstadt Ayse Basar Bener - Ryerson Ben Shaw - IBM Research Wayne Gray - RPI John Laird - U Michigan Selmer Brigsjord, John Licato - RPI Michael Wollowski - Rose-Hulman Wlodek Zadrozny - UNC Charlotte Hamid R Motahari Nezhad - IBM Research Polly Tremoulet - Drexel Costas Bekas - IBM Zurich Research Susan Epstein - CUNY Subbarao Kambhampati and Kartik Talamadupula - ASU Simon Ellis - RPI Yosi Mass - IBM Haifa Research Mona Diab - George Washington U Barbara Grosz - Harvard U Michal Shmueli-Scheuer - IBM Haifa Research W. Raghupathy - Fordham Lenhart Schubert - U Rochester Schahram Dustdar - Vienna University of Technology © 2015 International Business Machines Corporation
  3. 3. Recent/Upcoming Presentations - Schedule © 2014 International Business Machines Corporation Please sign up with Audio replays and slides can be found on CSIG Website
  4. 4. OVERVIEW 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 linkages between faculty and IBM Researchers to define cognitive system grand challenges  Help faculty and their top graduate students to prepare aligned collaborative research proposals to 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 RESOURCES GOALS Cognitive Systems Institute  Go to website Cognitive Systems Institute  Join LinkedIn Group and join in the conversation  Take a short survey to 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 Corelet Programming & TrueNorth  Access to Cognitive Platforms, Simulators  Researchers in Residence  Research papers and other publications  Point of View Documents  Courses, Videos, Book Articles
  5. 5. Website: © 2014 International Business Machines Corporation
  6. 6. Cognitive Systems Institute LinkedIn Group © 2014 International Business Machines Corporation
  7. 7. © 2015 International Business Machines Corporation Two University courses targeting senior undergrads or graduate students 1. Watson Cognitive Computing Innovation course Designed by Mike Rhodin/Eric Brown – each university gets a single instance of Watson Engagement Advisor for one semester Students build a Watson application: curate and ingest a corpus, train Watson, develop an app prototype and a business plan Piloted by 10 top universities Fall 2014 Expanding to 100 universities in 2015 2. How Watson Works course Taught by Watson Researcher Alfio Gliozzo at Columbia University since 2012 Available as an online MOOC Skills Building
  8. 8. Watson University Course Offerings 8 The Offerings: Description: The numbers - through Spring 2015 Course #1: ‘Cognitive Computing: Innovation with Watson’ (w/private instance) 37 Universities in 9 countries (+25-30 anticipated Fall 2015) Course #2: ‘Cognitive Computing: Question Answering Technologies Behind IBM Watson's Jeopardy! System’ (MOOC now available) 35 Universities in 10 countries (many more anticipated now that course is open to all) Private research instance of Watson Allows faculty to use Watson to obtain grants for further cognitive computing research based on a domain area of their choosing 4 instances available (in pilot now) Academic Initiative for Cloud (Bluemix): Watson services on Bluemix -- Faculty Guide available for cognitive app development Launched 4/27 This will become our “lead with” – self service, Acad Init coverage - Use Case Studies - Case Competitions - 3rd Party Case Studies - Modules Ideate on how to put Watson to work 17 Universities, 100’s of students Technical Support for Faculty and Students • Faculty training sessions, Getting Started Guide • Weekly “Office Hours” around the globe • Watson University Competitions Template • Engaged Tech Mentors who are eager to participate • Pipeline into Watson Ecosystem Partner program
  9. 9. Build a Watson App on Bluemix © 2015 International Business Machines Corporation
  10. 10. Discussion Topics • Talent pipeline for cognitive computing jobs • are there enough? • is there a shortage? • where are your students going for employment? • % of Computer Science Faculty with specialty in one or more cognitive topics (ML, NLP, Robotics, AI, Knowledge representation and reasoning, etc..) • we found in top schools it was around 50%. • do faculty agree? • Open standards/data/algorithms for cognitive computing? • are any emerging? • who are the leaders? © 2015 International Business Machines Corporation
  11. 11. Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience Special Issue • Dr Hisham El-Shishiny (, Master Inventor and Chief Scientist at IBM Cairo lab, is invited to be the lead guest editor for a special issue of this journal. • He has proposed “Cognitive Computing” for the topic of this special issue. • As the Lead Guest Editor, he would be responsible for inviting 2-4 Co-Guest Editors. Together with the other Guest Editors, he would need to write a one-page Call for Papers and an editorial to be published as an opening to the Special Issue. He would also need to assign the incoming submitted manuscripts to himself or the other Guest Editors so they can send them for peer-review. • The journal staff will provide the Guest Editors with as much administrative and editorial assistance as possible to make sure that the whole process is as seamless as possible. • If you are interested to join Hisham as Co-Guest Editors or reviewers for this special issue, please email him before July 3rd.
  12. 12. Questions?