A new set of IBM university programs for every profession
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The Cognitive Systems Institute, which is a new set of IBM university programs in conjunction with IBM Research and the Watson Business Unit, will focus faculty collaborators on building and evaluating cognitive assistants for every profession. Artificial cognitive systems, or cognitive systems for short, exhibit capabilities and perform tasks deemed intelligent by natural cognitive systems, such as people. Professional cognitive assistants are cognitive systems designed to boost the productivity and creativity of prof
The Cognitive Systems Institute will focus on professional cognitive assistants that exhibit the three L’s – language, learning, and levels. Professional cognitive assistants should interact via natural language, learn by ingesting documents, and make recommendations with confidence levels.
The new Cognitive Systems Institute (CSI) programs will be launched this late August, and will be designed to (1) help prepare faculty to set up Watson/Cognitive aligned courses, with the goal of enabling student teams to develop cognitive apps as part of the Watson Ecosystem, (2) help prepare faculty and their top graduate students to submit aligned collaborative research proposals to funding agencies, with the goal of developing cognitive systems that boost the productivity and creativity of specific types of professions and professional teams (potentially a key part of what NSF calls “smart service systems”), (3) help create linkages between faculty and IBM Researchers to define cognitive system grand challenges with clear measurable business and societal impact that might be achievable in the next 3-5 years, with the goal of further advancing the field of cognitive systems research and increasing aligned national research investments. For example of a grand challenge, IBM’s Watson Jeopardy! system (2011) required close collaboration with seven universities to develop it, and it had a very clear measurable set of performance metrics that focused everyone across organizations and helped make decision-making easier. For this last item, the CSI is also (4) exploring academic interest in having an IBM-
Originally written by Jim Spohrer. Email him here