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IBM Watson scientist visits Qatar to present platform that 'thinks like a human'

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16/11/2016
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IBM Watson’s chief data scientist Romeo Kienzler has visited the Qatar Computing Research Institute to conduct a workshop on Watson, a question-answering platform that can “think like a human”.

Mr Kienzler was a guest of QCRI, a division of Hamad bin Khalifa University, at a new event called QCRI-IBM Data Science Connect.

He introduced a session on the Cognitive Internet of Things using Watson and ran a hands-on workshop on cognitive IoT using Watson and ApacheSpark.

Watson, which was specifically developed by IBM to answer questions on the quiz show Jeopardy, is capable of answering questions posed in natural language.

According to IBM, the cognitive technology can analyze and interpret data to provide personalized recommendations by understanding a user’s personality, tone and emotion. Users can create chat bots that can engage in dialogue.

QCRI Executive Director Ahmed Elmagarmid said pioneering platforms like Watson brought artificial intelligence to the masses.

“Machine learning and big data when combined provide insights previously undreamt of. The infinite possibilities of the IoTs are made even more powerful using transformative tools like Watson,” Dr Elmagarmid said.

“We at QCRI are proud to be part of this discussion with IBM Watson.”

During the November 16 event, QCRI scientists Zoi Kaoudi and Jorge-Arnulfo Quiane-Ruiz also presented a session on their cross-platform machine learning system ML4all. Abdelkader Lattab and Ji Lucas presented Forecast and Analytics of Social Media and Traffic (FAST) and Artificial Intelligence for Digital Response (AIDR) technologies. Marco Serafini also discussed Arabesque, QCRI’s system for distributed graph mining.

 

 


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