IBM-National University of Singapore signing ceremony at the IBM XCITE 2014 event in Singapore on 14 October 2014.
On 14 October 2014, IBM announced that the National University of Singapore (NUS) will be the first educational institution in Southeast Asia to offer Watson-based cognitive computing module.
Watson represents the "new era of computing which is the intersection of supercomputing, nanoscience and neuroscience," said Kellar Nevill, General Manager for IBM ASEAN at IBM XCITE 2014 event in Singapore. It is able to interact in natural language, can process vast amounts of data in various forms and learn from interaction, he added.
The IBM-NUS collaboration aims to equip the next generation of the workforce with skills that allow them to effectively work together with machines such as Watson to solve business challenges. "Our students and faculty members will benefit greatly by gaining access to the latest generation of capabilities from IBM [through this partnership]," said NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan.
Students will learn about Watson and the underlying technologies that are required to develop cognitive systems applications. They will be grouped into project teams to develop prototype applications and a business plan for their Watson industry of choice such as retail, banking or communications.
Besides providing the Watson technology, IBM Watson Group will also equip NUS with the following range of resources and support:
- IBM developers and researchers to advise on new content and implementation;
- IBM Watson technical mentors to provide guidance to students as they work on their projects;
- Senior IBM executives and thought leaders to conduct guest lectures.
According to the NUS, the Watson-based module will take in selected undergraduate and post-graduate from NUS School of Computing, NUS Business School and NUS Business Analytics Centre from early next year.
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