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Demystifying Cognitive Computing and Putting Watson to Work (May 8th, 2014)

   
 

Traditional computing systems, which only do what they are programmed to do, simply cannot keep up with Big Data in constant motion. For that, we need a new paradigm that IBM calls "Cognitive Computing". Cognitive systems are not programmed; rather, they learn, from the vast quantities of information they ingest, from their own experiences, and from their interactions with people.

IBM launched the era of Cognitive Computing three years ago, when our Watson system defeated the two all-time champions on the quiz show Jeopardy! Watson has since matured from a research grand challenge into a multifaceted business platform, enabled globally via the cloud. Earlier this year we launched the IBM Watson Group. It will comprise 2,000 professionals, a $1 billion investment and an ecosystem of partners and developers that we expect to scale rapidly. In the process, we believe Watson will change the nature of computing, as it is already beginning to change the practice of healthcare, retail, travel, banking and more.

For public sector organizations, a variety of forces are contributing to the need for change. Cognitive Computing can help public sector agencies turn the data overload from a challenge into an asset.

During the morning session you will hear how cognitive computing has arrived. Watson is now putting the power of cognitive computing in the hands of public sector professionals, delivering a real operational benefit in a range of use cases: delivering better citizen experience, improving process, policy and performance, and enabling a more sophisticated and timely response to today’s complex security threats. Over lunch, there will be the opportunity for one-on-one sessions with the Watson team to discuss its application in your organization. These can be pre-booked during event registration. After lunch, a technology track allows an opportunity to go even deeper into cognitive, as IBM Research reveals the developments leading to the Cognitive Computing era. We look forward to welcoming you to this event.





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Washington D.C. - United States

IBM
600 14th Street, NW
Washington D.C.
United States

Agenda
Time Description
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Check-In
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM An Introduction to the Seminar: Frank Stein, Director, Analytics Solution Center
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM The Cognitive Computing Story – Past, Present and Future
Dario Gil, Director of Symbiotic Cognitive Systems, IBM Research
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM Putting Watson to Work: An update on Watson Group, Watson technology and its current applications, including testimonials from clients and operators.
Dan Cerutti, Vice President of Public Sector, IBM Watson Group
10:30 M - 10:45 AM Break - Light Refreshments Provided
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Watson Use Cases in Public Sector: A deeper exploration of the current use cases of Watson in the Public Sector.
Ann Rondeau, Vice Admiral US Navy (Ret.), Partner, IBM Watson Group
Chris Codella, CTO, IBM Watson Group
John Andersen, Federal CTO Organization
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Question and Answers
Moderator: Gina Loften, IBM Watson Group
Dario Gil, Director of Symbiotic Cognitive Systems, IBM Research
Bill Risk, SyNAPSE Program , IBM Research
Dan Cerutti, Vice President of Public Sector, IBM Watson Group
Ann Rondeau, Vice Admiral US Navy (Ret.), Partner, IBM Watson Group
Chris Codella, CTO, IBM Watson Group
John Andersen, IBM Chief Architect for National Programs
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM Lunch and Two Tracks
Grab lunch (provided) and either stay in the forum (big room) for the Innovation Track or move to meeting rooms for one-to-one discussion on use cases.
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM Innovation Track: Watson Technical Innovation Developments
Murthy Devarakonda, IBM Research and Watson Group
1:00 PM - 1:40 PM Innovation Track: Federal SyNAPSE Program and its Applications
Bill Risk, Technical Project Manager, Project Management Office, DARPA SyNAPSE Program
1:40 PM - 1:45 PM Innovation Track: Conclusion
Frank Stein, Director, Analytics Solution Center