University to partner with IBM for new research center

By Masaki Sugimoto

The new Center for Cognitive Computing Systems Researchwill develop computing systems based on IBM’s existing Watson technology made famous on Jeopardy.They will take college-related data, like textbook readings and homework, and analyze it to pass a typical college exam.

The program hopes to make this type of cognitive computing system function much more efficient than the current systems, according to IBM.

Professor Wen-Mei W. Hwu from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will lead the program.

Hwu and his team of students will have access to systems from the OpenPOWER Foundation, a joint venture from companies like IBM, Google and Samsung.

This collaboration is just the latest between leading universities and IBM. The company currently works with 200 universities globally, teaching cognitive computing practices. Their students have access to IBM technology, including Watson.

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