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IBM, University Partner Forge Alliance to Launch Facility for Cognitive Computing

alliance-partnership-connectIBM has forged a multi-year alliance with the University of Maryland in Baltimore County in an effort to build the Accelerated Cognitive Cybersecurity Laboratory that will open in the fall of 2016.

UMBC’s College of Engineering and Information Technology will house the new laboratory, which will work to discover new cognitive computing applications on cybersecurity using analytics and machine learning, IBM said Tuesday.

“There is a massive amount of security data that exists for human consumption which cannot be processed by traditional security systems,” said J.R. Rao, IBM director of security research.

He added that the team looks to use those data to update the interaction between security professionals and technologies in dealing with cybersecurity threats.

Anupam Joshi, director of UMBC’s center for cybersecurity, will spearhead the ACCL operations and work with a team of faculty members, graduate/undergraduate students and software engineers with experience in cognitive computing, cybersecurity and high-performance computing to aid IBM scientists in their R&D mission.

ACCL will utilize OpenPOWER technology to support research workloads and receive technical support from IBM, the company said.

IBM added that the collaboration looks to build on existing academic projects to continue its push to help students develop skills and knowledge on cognitive computing in an effort to address a demand for skilled technology professionals.

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