IBM's Watson Cognitive Computing System Spurs Competition at USC

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-03-12
 
 
 

IBM Watson Competition Judges Weigh Student Innovations

Judges give competing teams their feedback at the IBM Watson Case Competition hosted at USC.

IBM Watson Competition Judges Weigh Student Innovations

Student Presents Team 1's Watson Project

This student was one of several presenters who made pitches for their teams' ideas during the competition.

Student Presents Team 1's Watson Project

Team 2 Presents Its Watson Project

A student from Team 2 takes the stage to outline her team's ideas. Students were divided into 24 teams and given two days to come up with a new purpose for Watson, create a business plan and present it to a panel of judges.

Team 2 Presents Its Watson Project

Team 3 States Its Case

Another team argues its point. The panel of judges that would make the final decisions included school officials, IBM executives and local businesspeople.

Team 3 States Its Case

The USC Watson Competition's Final Five Teams

These five teams made it to the finals of IBM's contest to offer ideas about the future of Watson.

The USC Watson Competition's Final Five Teams

The USC Watson Competition's Winning Team

The winning team, from right to left: Yingchao Lin, who studies electrical engineering economics/mathematics; Celine Di, who studies communications and Italian; Sophie Xu, who studies industrial science and engineering; Daniel Wang, a business administration major. The winning project focused on leveraging Watson to help lawyers with their cases.

The USC Watson Competition's Winning Team

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