I'm half way thru the book... will review the book in another blog.
Yesterday, I got to know Dr. David Ferrucci will be speaking at IIUG Conference in Lenexa this May. This is pretty exciting.
Here is the announcement.
Dr. Ferrucci is the lead researcher and Principal Investigator for the Watson/Jeopardy! project. He has been a Research Staff Member at IBM's T.J. Watson's Research Center since 1995 where he heads up the Semantic Analysis and Integration department. Dr. Ferrucci focuses on technologies for automatically discovering valuable knowledge in natural language content and using it to enable better decision making.
In 2007, Dr. Ferrucci accepted the Jeopardy! challenge. Dr. Ferrucci was tasked to create a computer system that can rival human champions at the game of Jeopardy!. Introducing Watson, IBM's computer powered by DeepQA technology. Watson appeared on three Jeopardy! episodes, in February 2011, where man vs machine was put to the test. Watson was able to answer questions posed in natural language to defeat two past Jeopardy! all time winning champions.
In addition to Dr. Ferrucci, distinguished keynote speakers at the 2011 IIUG Conference include: Dr. Arvind Krishna, Jerry Keesee and Rob Thomas.