How IBM Watson Is Helping to Make Data-Driven Breakthrough Discoveries

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-09-01 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

IBM has updated its Watson technology with new cognitive computing capabilities to help researchers come up with scientific and other breakthroughs by uncovering previously unknown connections in big data. At an Aug. 28 event at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, IBM and some of its partners and customers showed just how far Watson has come. IBM showed how it has advanced its Watson Cloud Discovery Advisor, making it available as a cloud service designed to scale and accelerate discoveries made by research teams. Watson Discovery Advisor can be taught to learn and understand biology, intellectual property, and law and law enforcement, among other industries, having profound implications for their R&D efforts. "We're entering an extraordinary age of data-driven discovery," said Mike Rhodin, senior vice president of the IBM Watson Group. "Today's announcement is a natural extension of Watson's cognitive computing intelligence, empowering research, developers and industry experts with powerful insights and connections in data, giving scientists the ability to make connections with data that others don't see, which can lead to significant breakthrough discoveries." This slide show, which contains images from IBM's event, illustrates how IBM is helping customers in various industries delve further into big data.

 
 
 
  • How IBM Watson Is Helping to Make Data-Driven Breakthrough Discoveries

    by Darryl K. Taft
    1 - How IBM Watson Is Helping to Make Data-Driven Breakthrough Discoveries
  • Ginni Is in the House

    IBM President, Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty joins (counterclockwise starting from her left) Mike Rhodin, senior vice president of the IBM Watson Group, in talking to Dave Aldous, vice president of Sanofi; Dr. Olivier Lichtarge; and Tom Malone, the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, prior to the beginning of the Watson in the Age of Discovery event at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City.
    2 - Ginni Is in the House
  • Watson Is Much More Than Just a Game Show Champion

    Mike Rhodin, senior vice president of the IBM Watson Group, talks about how Watson has moved from winning the Jeopardy! game show to helping to treat and seek cures for cancer, as well as to fight crime.
    3 - Watson Is Much More Than Just a Game Show Champion
  • Drug Manufacturer Sanofi Puts Watson to Work

    Dave Aldous, vice president of Sanofi, talks about how his company is issuing Watson to help speed up the discovery of alternate indications for existing drugs. Watson is able to understand and extract useful information by reading millions of pages of scientific literature and then visualizing relationships between drugs and other potential diseases they could target while providing supporting evidence each step of the way.
    4 - Drug Manufacturer Sanofi Puts Watson to Work
  • Watson Plays a Role in Genomics Research

    Ajay Royyuru, director of the Computational Biology Center at IBM Research, talks about the use of Watson in genomics research, where IBM is working with the New York Genome Center in a clinical study to help oncologists deliver DNA-based treatment for glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer that kills more than 13,000 Americans a year. The results of the study could help lead to more personalized treatment opportunities for patients.
    5 - Watson Plays a Role in Genomics Research
  • Johnson & Johnson Teams With Watson to Evaluate Medications

    Soledad Cepeda, director of epidemiology at Johnson & Johnson, talks about how her team is collaborating with IBM to teach Watson to read and understand scientific papers that detail clinical trial outcomes used to develop and evaluate medications and other treatments.
    6 - Johnson & Johnson Teams With Watson to Evaluate Medications
  • Watson Helps Researchers Accelerate Breakthroughs

    Scott Spangler, principal data scientist for IBM Watson Innovations, talks about how, working with Baylor College of Medicine, IBM Watson cognitive technology can visually display connections in scientific literature and drug information. In this image, Watson displays protein pathways that can help researchers accelerate scientific breakthroughs by spotting linkages that were previously undetected.
    7 - Watson Helps Researchers Accelerate Breakthroughs
  • Engineers Use Watson to Accelerate R&D

    David Goldstein, director of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), talks about how engineers can use Watson to accelerate R&D. "Forget about search; it's all about retrieval," he said. "There's no analytics."
    8 - Engineers Use Watson to Accelerate R&D
  • Watson Partners With Law Enforcement

    Roberto Villasenor, chief of police for the city of Tucson, Ariz., speaks about how his department worked with IBM to create IBM i2 CopLink, a database application that consolidates policing data from many sources, aids collaboration and helps generate tactical leads. Villasenor says he looks forward to using Watson technology to advance law enforcement efforts in Tucson. "If cognitive computing can help us to analyze all the mounds of data we have to go through, that would be tremendously beneficial to law enforcement," he said.
    9 - Watson Partners With Law Enforcement
  • Watson Can Cook, Too

    James Briscione, director of culinary development at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), speaks of how the institute has teamed up with IBM and Watson to help create new recipes and mouth-watering dishes. Briscione manned the IBM Watson Cognitive Cooking food truck at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference earlier this year.
    10 - Watson Can Cook, Too
  • Watson-Inspired Delights

    The Institute of Culinary Education's Briscione displays an image of a Portuguese-inspired lobster roll that Watson conjured up from its cognitive computing data banks.
    11 - Watson-Inspired Delights
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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