Educational Technology

May 29, 2012

Watson Supercomputer Contest Challenges MBA Students

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:34 am

By Tanya Roscorla, Converge

University of Rochester Simon Graduate School of Business students Ruiwan Xu, Chen Xu, Xiao Li, Shan Huang present a proposal on how IBM’s Watson technology could be applied to the mining industry taking into account regulatory, environmental and safety considerations. More than a year after the IBM Watson supercomputer beat two human champions on “Jeopardy,” seven teams of MBA students competed to figure out applications for Watson technology. Twenty-five students from the University of Rochester Simon Graduate School of Business submitted proposals to a judging panel of faculty, business and IBM leaders. IBM announced the top three proposals on Thursday, May 17. Two of the three winning teams included MBA students who concentrated in marketing. The first-place team had four members from Spain, Germany, Pakistan and the U.S.

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