IBM's Watson Cognitive Computing System Spurs Competition at USC
IBM took its Watson cognitive computing system on the road to the West Coast to tap students at the University of Southern California for new ideas and innovation based on the supercomputer's capabilities. Two years after seeing it beat human competitors on the game show "Jeopardy," IBM is putting Watson to work in ways that will change how business and health care leaders solve problems. While IBM researchers are developing new commercial applications for Watson, IBM is also turning to brilliant young minds in academia for big ideas on where the system should work next. UCS students imagined a Watson-powered system that could uncover data-driven insights to help medical professionals identify those who may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) provide lawyers with faster research capabilities to improve their cases and help businesses hire the best talent in the job market. More than 100 USC students gathered recently for the IBM Watson Academic Case Competition. The competition put USC students in the spotlight to create business plans for applying Watson to pressing business and societal challenges, and IBM business leaders were present and listening carefully.