[Busec] Fwd: Jeopardy! The IBM Challenge -- 6:30-8:30m on Tuesday, Feb 15

Sharon Goldberg goldbe at cs.bu.edu
Mon Feb 14 12:45:50 EST 2011

Hi All,

I'm very excited about this Jeopardy event (especially since I know
the engineers that build Watson from my intern days at IBM)!    I'll
be going to the BU event tomorrow night, leaving from my office at
around 6:15.  I've asked the  BU organizers of the event if I can
bring some people, so we should be good to go.  So if you are
interested, please show up at my office and join me!


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Sclaroff, Stan <sclaroff at bu.edu>
Date: Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 11:25 AM
Subject: Jeopardy! The IBM Challenge -- 6:30-8:30m on Tuesday, Feb 15
To: "cs-grads at cs.bu.edu" <cs-grads at cs.bu.edu>, "cs-ugrads at cs.bu.edu"
<cs-ugrads at cs.bu.edu>
Cc: "cs-faculty at cs.bu.edu" <cs-faculty at cs.bu.edu>

IBM, the BU Center for Memory & Brain, the Undergraduate Program in
Neuroscience, and the Student Activities Office invite you to watch:

Jeopardy! The IBM Challenge

Humans vs. Machine: Who Will Win?  Join BU students and faculty and
IBM scientists and executives for a special redcarpet watch event at
6:30 pm on Tuesday, February 15, at the George Sherman Union. Come get
the insider’s view of Watson, IBM’s latest and most advanced
supercomputer, watch Watson compete LIVE on Jeopardy!, and discuss the
implications for business and society of a computer capable of working
in complex, relational natural language.

Watson, named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, has been developed
over the past four years by a team of IBM Research scientists who set
out to accomplish a grand challenge: build a computing system that
rivals a human’s ability to answer questions posed in natural language
with speed, accuracy and confidence.

Watson makes its debut as the first non-human contestant to appear on
the award-winning quiz show Jeopardy! as it takes on all-time
champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a bid to become a new breed
of champion. The format of Jeopardy! provides the ultimate challenge
for a computing system because it covers an unlimited range of subject
matter and clues that involve analyzing subtle meaning, irony,
riddles, and other complexities in which humans excel and computers
traditionally do not. But this is more than just a game. Watson's
ability to process this kind of data represents a major leapforward in
natural language processing, systems design and deep analytics –
innovations with the potential to transform industries.

Jeopardy! The IBM Challenge promises to be an epic battle – you won’t
want to miss it!


Time: 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.
6:30-6:45: Welcome and Pizza
6:45-7:30: Watson – The Next Grand Challenge
7:30-8:00: Jeopardy! The IBM Challenge
8:00-8:30: Reactions and Discussion

Location: George Sherman Union Court, 775 Comm Ave

Space is limited, so please register early to secure your spot!
lclarkson at bu.edu<mailto:lclarkson at bu.edu> or x8-3295.

Sharon Goldberg
Computer Science, Boston University

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