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IBM, 4 Universities Enter Cognitive Systems Research Initiative; Zachary Lemnios Comments

IBM-logo, ExecutivemosaicIBM will work with four universities to research cognitive computing systems in an initiative aimed to harness big data.

Carnegie Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and IBM will explore how systems such as the Watson computer can be further developed and deployed, IBM said Wednesday.

The company intends for the collaboration to help lay the framework for a Cognitive Systems Institute comprising of IBM clients, academics and research organizations.

Much additional research is needed to identify the systems, architectures and process technologies to support a new computing model that enables systems and people to work together across any domain of expertise, said Zachary Lemnios, vice president of strategy for IBM Research.

Lemnios added healthcare customers use Watson to navigate the big data environment and to conduct research.

Other research topics will include:

  • socio-technical tools and applications
  • processing power applications
  • data availability
  • algorithmic techniques for artificial intelligence
  • systems architecture to support intelligent interaction
  • deep learning in automated pattern recognition systems

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