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 +==== 2011-03-23 Inside the Mind of Watson ====
 +//**Inside the mind of Watson**//
 +Chris Welty \\
 +IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
 +Wednesday, March 23 \\
 +5:30PM \\ 
 +200 Rockefeller Hall
 +//Sponsored by the Department of Computer Science//
 +Watson is a computer system capable of answering rich natural
 +language questions and estimating its confidence in those answers at
 +a level of the best humans at the task.  On Feb 14-16, in an historic
 +event, Watson triumphed over the best Jeopardy! players of all
 +time.  In this talk I will discuss how Watson works and dive into some
 +of its answers (right and wrong).
 +Chris Welty is a Research Scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in
 +New York. Previously, he taught Computer Science at Vassar College, taught at
 +and received his Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and accumulated
 +over 14 years of teaching experience before moving to industrial research.
 +Chris' principal area of research is Knowledge Representation,​ specifically
 +ontologies and the semantic web, and he spends most of his time applying
 +this technology to Natural Language Question Answering as a member of the
 +DeepQA/​Watson team and, in the past, Software Engineering. Dr. Welty is a co-
 +chair of the W3C Rules Interchange Format Working Group (RIF), serves on the
 +steering committee of the Formal Ontology in Information Systems Conferences,​
 +is president of KR.ORG, on the editorial boards of AI Magazine, The Journal
 +of Applied Ontology, and The Journal of Web Semantics, and was an editor in
 +the W3C Web Ontology Working Group. While on sabbatical in 2000, he co-
 +developed the OntoClean methodology with Nicola Guarino. Chris Welty'​s work
 +on ontologies and ontology methodology has appeared in Communications of the
 +Association for Computing Machinery and numerous other publications.