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AISB event Bulletin Item

SPECIAL LECTURE: "IBM Watson from Jeopardy! to Healthcare", 17 Feb 2012, Cambridge (U.K.)


On 17 February 2012, 17:30 to 18:30, Dr. David Gondek from IBM Watson Research Center in Hawthorn 
NY (U.S.A.) will give a general audience lecture entitled

    IBM Watson from Jeopardy! to Healthcare
    Could a quiz-show winning computer advise your doctor?

in the Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museum Site, Pembroke Street, Cambridge, England.


Dr. Gondek's lecture is part of the celebrations of the centenary of Alan Turing (1912-1954) and 
is sponsored by the programme Public Understanding of Artificial Intelligence (PUAI) of the AISB. 
Dr. Gondek will also give a talk at the event TiC@Kings taking place at King's College on Saturday,
18 February 2012, and Sunday, 19 February 2012.

TiC@Kings as well as the special IBM Watson lecture are organized as part of the Alan Turing Year 
2012 and sponsored by the King's College of our Lady and Saint Nicholas in Cambridge, the Isaac 
Newton Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, and the Society for the Study of Artificial 
Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB).

Abstract. "Chronic kidney disease for 0 please!" Although medical providers are unlikely to 
utter these words as they search for appropriate medical information and clinical guidelines to 
diagnose and manage patients, they may soon have an advanced computer system reading their notes 
and listening to their conversations with patients. Could IBM's automatic question-answering 
system Watson, which decisively bested the two greatest champions in the quiz show Jeopardy!, be 
reconfigured to gather evidence for professionals providing your health care? Could it answer 
questions about the latest medical knowledge, dig up hidden but crucial facts from your health 
record, and even help diagnose diseases that may have gone unrecognized? Challenges abound, from 
capturing the much deeper and subtler reasoning that medical reasoning demands, to identifying 
gaps of information in a patient's records, and ultimately to transform Watson from a system which
competed against people on a quiz show to one which can interactively work with them to better 
care for your health.

Dr. David Gondek leads the Knowledge Capture and Learning and Medical Adaptation groups for the 
Watson project, which develop and apply artificial intelligence techniques including natural 
language processing, machine learning, and knowledge representation and reasoning for the Watson 
question answering system, focusing on the tasks of analyzing questions, weighing evidence, and 
evaluating confidence in hypotheses. He was the lead for machine learning and game strategy on the 
IBM Jeopardy! Challenge to build a computer system capable of winning at the quiz show, Jeopardy!, 
and is currently working on extending Watson to help support evidence-based decision making in 
medicine. Dr. Gondek received his B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science at Dartmouth College 
and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brown University.

Organizers. Ann Copestake (Cambridge), Liesbeth De Mol (Gent), Benedikt Lwe (Amsterdam & Hamburg),
Ken Moody (Cambridge), Giuseppe Primiero (Gent).