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The smartest machine on earth is from — Tech Valley! (sort of)

RPI hosts Watson Jeopardy viewing event, Feb 14-16

On the evenings of Feb. 14, 15, and 16 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students and other guests will witness the future of computing, artificial intelligence, and voice recognition when IBM’s Watson computer faces off against the two all-time Jeopardy! champions. The special challenge, to be aired locally on WTEN Channel 10 in the Capital Region, is important to Tro because some of the primary IBM leaders behind the development of Watson are graduates of Rensselaer.

The IBM project team is led by Rensselaer graduate David Ferrucci ’94, principal investigator, and includes a number of other Rensselaer alumni. Chris Welty ’85, who earned all three of his degrees at Rensselaer and is a member of the IBM Watson algorithms team, is a former director of Rensselaer’s computer science laboratory. Welty and fellow IBM algorithms team member and Rensselaer graduate Adam Lally ’98 will join the Rensselaer audience at all three viewing events and discuss the technology behind Watson.

All three Jeopardy! episodes will be shown on the 56-foot-wide high-definition screen in the Concert Hall at the Rensselaer Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). You can also learn more about IBM’s Watson project beforehand, on the PBS Nova program, aired locally on WMHT at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Each night prior to watching Jeopardy! air, IBM’s Chris Welty will join with a group of Rensselaer scientists and others to discuss the technology behind Watson and answer questions. Refreshments will be served, and the experts will stick around when the show ends at 8 p.m. each night. Doors at EMPAC will open at 6 p.m., and the panel discussions will begin about 45 minutes later. The special competition will take place in the form of two Jeopardy! games. The first game will take place Monday and Tuesday nights. The final game will take place Wednesday night.

To reserve a seat or to learn more about the event, visit: http://watson.rpi.edu/

Additional info:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/will-watson-win-jeopardy.html

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