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CDL - Building Watson: An Overview of the Deep QA project

CISE Distinguished Lecture Series

March 6, 2012 2:00 PM  to 
March 6, 2012 3:00 PM
Room 110 - NSF

Dr. David Ferrucci, IBM

Computer systems that can directly and accurately answer peoples' questions over a broad domain of human knowledge have been envisioned by scientists and writers since the advent of computers themselves.  The DeepQA project is aimed at exploring how advancing and integrating Natural Language Processing , Information Retrieval, Machine Learning, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, and massively parallel computation can greatly advance the science and application of automatic Question Answering.  

An exciting proof-point in this challenge was developing a computer system that could successfully compete against top human players at the Jeopardy! quiz show (www.jeopardy.com).   An important contributor to Watson's success is its ability to automatically learn and combine accurate confidences across a wide array of algorithms and over different dimensions of evidence.  High precision and accurate confidence computations are critical for real business settings where helping users focus on the right content sooner and with greater confidence can make all the difference. In this talk, I will introduce the audience to the Jeopardy! Challenge, explain how Watson was built on DeepQA to ultimately defeat the two most celebrated human Jeopardy Champions of all time and I will discuss applications of the Watson technology beyond in areas such as healthcare.

Dr. David Ferrucci is an IBM Fellow and the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Watson/Jeopardy! project.  He has been 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.

To Join the Webinar:

The Webinar will be held from 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST on March 6, 2012 in Room 110.

To attend virtually, please register by March 5, 23:59 PDT at: https://mmancusa.webex.com/mmancusa/j.php?ED=178534187&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

After your registration is accepted, you will get an email with a URL to join the meeting. Please be sure to join a few minutes before the start of the webinar. This system does not establish a voice connection on your computer; instead, your acceptance message will have a toll-free phone number that you will be prompted to call after joining.  Please note that this registration is a manual process; therefore, do not expect an immediate acceptance.  In the event the number of requests exceeds the capacity, some requests may have to be denied.

This event is part of Webinars/Webcasts.

Meeting Type
Webcast

Contacts
Dawn Patterson, (703) 292-8910, dpatters@nsf.gov

NSF Related Organizations
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Public Attachments
Flyer for Dr. Ferrucci
Audio of the presentation
Transcript of the Presentation (unedited)
Interview with David Ferrucci

 



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