January 30, 2013 – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will receive the first university edition of IBM’s Watson, a grant of cognitive computing system of software, hardware and support services meant to aid researchers and build advanced analytic skills.
IBM stated that Rensselaer’s faculty background in Web science, big data and artificial intelligence “uniquely situates” the university to best use the Watson system. RPI faculty, graduate students and undergrads are all expected to work with the system for research and innovation, particularly in finance, IT and business analytics, as well as preparatory work for “future high-impact, high-value careers in analytics, cognitive computing, and related fields.” As the first non-IBM team working on the Watson system, there’s an expectation that efforts at the university could hone the Watson’s systems reasoning and cognitive capabilities as well.
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