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MSU CSE Colloquium Series 2016-2017: Dr. Laura Haas
CSE Distinguished Lecture Series

Data, Analytics, and the Dawn of the Cognitive Era of Computing

Dr. Laura Haas
Director of Accelerated Discovery Lab, IBM Fellow
IBM Research

Friday, March 31, 2017
11 AM - 12 PM
EB 3405 (Dean's Conference Room)

We are poised on the brink of a new era of computing, one in which computers will increasingly partner with people to improve our lives and enhance our ability to solve complex problems. These new systems will feed on data and leverage a diverse set of analytic tools and strategies, constantly learning. In this talk, we'll introduce cognitive computing. We'll show how recent changes in the availability of data have driven rapid advances in analytics, enabling smarter applications, and bringing us to this new era. We'll see how Watson, the Jeopardy!-playing computer, an early example of a cognitive system, is growing up, and describe some emerging cognitive applications that may change our world. Last, but not least, we'll describe a new, cognitive chip that may change how we compute in the era of cognitive computing.

Laura Haas is an IBM Fellow and Director of IBM Research's Accelerated Discovery Lab. She has held a broad range of positions at IBM in both research and development divisions. She is known for her work in databases, information integration and environments for data science. She has received the Anita Borg Institute Technical Leadership Award, the ACM SIGMOD Codd Innovation Award and several IBM awards including a Corporate Award for information integration technology. She currently serves on the National Academies' Computer Science and Telecommunications Board. She is an ACM Fellow, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the IBM Academy of Technology, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Laura Dillon