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  • IBM Watson is Going to Japan

    IBM Watson is Going to Japan

    Date added: 2015-02-10

    IBM Watson is going to Japan via IBM's new alliance with Japanese telecommunication giant SoftBank, on Tuesday, February 10, 2015. As part of the alliance, IBM is teaching Watson to speak, and think, in Japanese, one of most difficult languages for a computer to navigate because of its reliance on the complex diagrammatical alphabet known as kanji. IBM and SoftBank will explore new ways to deliver Watson's cognitive and natural language capabilities, including through mobile, tablet, and robots. Pictured at IBM Research - Tokyo is IBM Researcher Risa Nishiyama with SoftBank's Pepper robot using Watson in a demonstration environment. (Credit: Feature Photo Services)



  • IBM & CUNY Announce Student Winners in App Contest

    IBM & CUNY Announce Student Winners in App Contest

    Date added: 2015-01-15

    At Baruch College in New York City, IBM and the City University of New York (CUNY) announced the top three winning teams of a student app competition with the best innovative ideas for how IBM Watson technology can help New York City and higher education. Student winners receive cash prizes and a chance to work at CUNY business incubator. This competition is the latest example of IBM fueling an ecosystem of innovators and providing students with an opportunity to learn about next generation technology. Student finalists sparked creative ideas, envisioning Watson-powered apps that could help city social workers better serve children and families by analyzing patterns; create a more efficient 311 system staffed by virtual agents and aided by predictive analysis; and an automated advisor for undergraduates and college counselors that will help identify and schedule ideal courses. From L to R: Stanley Litow, IBM Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs; Rashmy Chatterjee, IBM Vice President of Marketing Communications, and Citizenship; Nekita Singh, Queens College senior; John Banks, Consolidated Edison Vice President of Government Relations; Lizeth Mejia, Queens College junior; Kimberly Sy, Queens College senior; Allan Dobrin, CUNY Senior Vice Chancellor and COO; Carter Bales, New World Capital Group Chairman & Managing Partner; Minerva Tantoco, City of New York Chief Technology Officer. (Credit: Elena Olivo for CUNY)



  • Watson University Competition

    Watson University Competition

    Date added: 2015-01-15

    Judges observe the top three Watson University Competition finalists competing for seed money to launch their own Watson-based app. (L-R): Rob High, IBM Fellow, VP and CTO, IBM Watson Group; Stephen Gold, VP IBM Watson Group; Sridhar Sudarsan, CTO and Chief Architect, IBM Watson Group; Stephen Plume, Managing Director, The Entrepreneurs' Fund (Photo Credit: Augusto F Menezes/Feature Photo Service)



  • Watson University Competition Winners

    Watson University Competition Winners

    Date added: 2015-01-15

    The University of Texas at Austin team flashes the school's "hook 'em horns" sign as they celebrate their first place win in the Watson University Competition. Held at IBM Watson headquarters in NYC, the team worked over the course of a semester to develop a Watson-based app, CallScout, that could improve citizens' access to state services. (L-R): University of Texas at Austin Professor Bruce Porter, Thejas Prasad, Niko Lazaris, Matt Ebeweber, Bri Connelly, Jay Shah, Jeffrey Tang and Ken Barker, Research Staff Member, IBM Watson Group (Photo Credit: Augusto F Menezes/Feature Photo Service for IBM)



  • Scripps Scientist Visits Sierra Leone Hospital

    Scripps Scientist Visits Sierra Leone Hospital

    Date added: 2014-12-03

    Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire of the Ollmann Saphire laboratory at The Scripps Research Institute, at the Kenema Government Hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Dr. Saphire is leading citizen science project to crowdsource a virtual supercomputer on IBM's World Communiity Grid that will help her lab find a cure for the Ebola virus. Anyone with a computer or Android-based mobile device can now download a safe and free app from IBM's World Community Grid ( that puts their computing devices to work when the machines would otherwise be idle. With their collective processing power, the computers will form a virtual supercomputer to help The Scripps Research Institute screen millions of chemical compounds to identify new drug leads for treating Ebola. (Credit: Pardis Sabeti)



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