Mon July 1, 2013

Super computing could help manage enormous amounts of medical information

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The IBM Watson supercomputer is best known for its historic win on the television game show, Jeopardy. But, the same components that made the system a quiz show winner could be redirected towards lowering the cost of health care in upstate New York.

According to Steve Gold, vice president for IBM’s Watson Solutions division, the amount of available medical knowledge doubles every five years.

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Thu October 25, 2012
IBM Watson Student Competition

After Jeopardy win, IBM teams up students with their 'baby' Watson

Hello Watson presentation
Dennis Chua, Cornell University

With a historic win on the Jeopardy tv show checked off the list, IBM’s Watson computer is now turning to upstate universities to see what the future could hold.

IBM and Cornell University have announced the winners of the second Watson Academic Case Competition where students put forward ideas for new ways to use Watson’s cognitive computing abilities to solve social and business challenges.

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Fri May 18, 2012

IBM taps U of R for ideas on putting Watson to work

The winning team. IBM's Dan Pelino, right, joins MBA students Muhammad Munir, Christian Beck, Jaimee Saxton and Enric Coll.
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IBM's Watson already has Jeopardy! under its belt.

Now Big Blue is turning to the University of Rochester's Simon School of Business for ideas on what to do next.

Manoj Saxena, the general manager of IBM's Watson Solutions unit, says the goal is finding ideas that will "take Watson from a Jeopardy-playing machine to a business-grade decision support system."

Twenty-five Simon MBA students were the first in the nation to partner with IBM on tackling that charge.

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Tue May 15, 2012

IBM supercomputers speeding up MS research

Supercomputers at SUNY Buffalo use similar analytic strategies as IBM's Watson, the machine that won $1 million on Jeopardy.
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Research into multiple sclerosis has accelerated rapidly in the last few years - and doctors in Buffalo are at the forefront.

Information about how MS progresses in patients has long been out there, but it wasn’t being synthesized or analyzed effectively.

Now, SUNY Buffalo is using a new supercomputer from IBM that can help researchers make connections between environmental and hereditary factors and how MS affects its victims.

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Fri April 22, 2011

Syracuse to draw on software to manage vacant houses

New software that tracks clues about abandoned houses could help prevent blight in Syracuse.
Doug Letterman via Flickr

Teri Cameron lives in Syracuse's Near West Side neighborhood, and has grown accustomed to watching people tramp through the yards of vacant houses.

"They figure it's a good cross walk," she quips.

Cameron is on a crusade to keep her yard nice - she's just set up a new fence to keep out those looking for a shortcut. But that doesn't solve the problem of the dilapidated houses that checkerboard her neighborhood.

Her solution?

"Knock 'em down," she says.

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