IIT Kharagpur, IIT Bombay, BITS Pilani join IBM's global academic initiative

Written by FE Online | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 8 2014, 21:50pm hrs
IBM today announced its partnership with Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, the Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata and Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani to introduce a Cognitive Computing course to empower India's university students to build applications infused with Watson's intelligence.

This first-of-its-kind in India, Cognitive Computing course will help students gain technical knowledge and hands-on expertise in fields such as natural language processing, machine learning and content lifecycle management that is required to develop new cognitive computing applications.

Co-designed by the Watson Group and leading academic experts in fields such as Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science, students who take the course will begin by learning through presentations and, discussions about Watson, studying its underlying technologies before switching to hands-on engagement with Watson.

Enrolled students will form a business team and together they will have access to their Watson instance via the Watson Developer Cloud. As a classroom, they will select an industry to focus on, such as retail, travel or healthcare, and work as a team to ingest relevant data into Watson and then train it. Ultimately, the students will break into sub-teams and develop prototype apps and a business plan based on their Watson industry of choice.

The initiative is part of an ongoing effort to up skill the students, expand and strengthen their understanding of Big Data and Analytics in order to meet the growing demand for highly skilled workforce- needed in todays marketplace. IBM has been hosting Watson Case Competitions over the past year giving students a glimpse into the promise Watson holds to transform industry and professions.

In January 2014, IBM made a billion dollar investment to usher in a new era of cognitive computing. Over the past nine months, IBM has made some breakthrough discoveries and met significant milestones with new partners and clients across the world. Watson is a ground-breaking platform that represents a new era of computing based on its ability to interact in natural language, process vast amounts of disparate forms of big data and learn from each interaction.

Watson advancements has now client engagements across six continents and more than 20 countries, including India, South Africa, Australia, the U.K., Thailand, Canada and the US. Partners debuting new in-market Watson-powered apps in industries include travel, retail, IT services, healthcare and non-profits.

According to technology research firm Gartner Inc., smart machines, will be the most disruptive change ever brought about by information technology, and can make people more effective, empowering them to do "the impossible."