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Inside the mind of Watson

Chris Welty
IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center

Wednesday, March 23
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.

2016/01/04 07:50

/!NOTE Room Change to OLB room 104!/

Freshmen & Sophomores!
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Tuesday, 15 February
Teaching Lab, Old Laundry Bldg (OLB 104)
11 AM
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2016/01/04 07:50

Former Computer Science faculty member Chris Welty is part of IBM's Watson project. Watson is taking on two former Jeopardy champions tonight on Jeopardy. Who will win the latest battle of Human versus Computer?

Read more about Watson here:

and listen to remarks by team members, including Chris, here:

2016/01/04 07:50

Lecture sponsored by the Computer Science Department

Professor Steven Cassidy
Centre for Language Technology
Department of Computing
Macquarie University
Sydney, Australia

Wednesday February 2
OLB 105

Linguistic Annotation is a significant application area supporting research on human communication through annotation of language corpora – collections of language samples as text, audio and video. This talk describes representation of the Linguistic Annotation Framework graph structure that uses the Sematic Web standard Resource Definition Format (RDF) store and linked data techniques to store annotations and make them available as resources on the web.

2016/01/04 07:50
Today is Grace Hopper's Birthday.
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