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GW Tech Alumni get the “Daily Double” with IBM’s Watson

By Tobi Pratt, MSIST ‘08

On Tuesday, November 8th the GW Tech Alumni (GWTA) group hosted Dr. Anand Paul, Global Government Research Relationship Manager at IBM’s Analytics Solution Center, for an event on IBM’s Watson supercomputer.  IBM’s Watson has shown the world that a computer could rival a human’s ability to answer questions presented in natural language on the game show Jeopardy!  With its win in February, the possibility of using this level of computing came to the forefront of the public’s mind and imagination.

The event began with brief remarks from Dr. Doug Guthrie, Dean of the GW School of Business.  Reflecting on his first year at GWSB, the Dean said “I never realized before this year just how intense the field of high-tech startup is here in DC, and it is great that we have an exciting and invigorating (tech alumni) group.”

Dr. Paul’s presentation, entitled “Deep Analytics in the Context of Watson”, explored how the next generation of computing will put quantified, targeted data and quality answers within the reach of decision makers and end users.   The presentation included a brief background of the field of data analytics, IBM research collaborations, and strategic challenges facing IBM.

The presentation was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Curt Holmer, EMIS ’06 and GWTA board member.  Panelists included IT industry executive Dr. Dennis Perry, and GW faculty members Dr. Timothy Wood, Dr. William Halal, and Dr. Elias Balaras.  Click here for video of the presentation and panel discussion.

The GWTA group gratefully acknowledges the support of theSchoolofBusiness MSISTdepartment, the School of Business Office of Alumni Relations, Chris Boyes, GW multimedia producer, GW Academic Technologies, and Kristin Pallister in the GW School of Engineering and Applied Sciences for making this event a success.

The next GWTA event, “Keys to Success: Women’s Perspectives on Careers in Technology”, will be held on December 7th in Duquès Hall.  Female technology executives will share their experiences in their respective careers and provide insight into how to succeed in the tech industry.  Click here for more information and to register.

The mission of the GWTA is to increase the value of GW graduates’ education by establishing a professional network that furthers graduates’ careers in technology and management.  

Posted by gwsb on November 29, 2011 | Filed under: Alumni News.


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