GVU Brown Bag: Ashok Goel and the GT Watson+ Research Group

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Jill and Other Georgia Tech Incarnations of Watson


GT Watson+ is a set of cognitive systems designed, developed and deployed at Georgia Tech on top of IBM’s Watson cognitive system. It includes cognitive systems for question answering in support of biologically inspired design, ecological modeling, and education and training in artificial intelligence. GT Watson+ adds layers of semantic processing to Watson and explores the use of external data sources. For example, in the project on ecological modeling, it exploits Smithsonian Institution’s Encyclopedia of Life, the world’s largest database of biological species. In this team talk, we will present several instances of GT Watson+.


Ashok Goel is a Professor of Computer Science in the School of Interactive Computing and Director of the School’s Design & Intelligence Laboratory. DILab’s GT Watson+ group presently consists of Parul Awasthy, Jose Delgado, Ashok Goel, Lalith Polepeddi, Spencer Rugaber, Bradley Sheneman, Divya Vijayaraghavan, and Bryan Wiltgen.


Watson is IBM’s cognitive system for question answering (http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/ibmwatson/). Encyclopedia of Life is Smithsonian Institution’s database of biological species and other biodiversity information (www.eol.org). This research is supported by a Georgia Tech IDEAS pilot grant.



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