Watson Computer Comes to the University of Maryland


The University of Maryland School of Medicine is one of only two universities working with IBM to test the advanced analytics of the company's "Watson" computer for potential health care applications. The computer program, which may best known for besting two top champions on the TV show Jeopardy! in February 2011, has shown an amazing ability to comprehend human language, a barrier that has been a challenge for computer designers for many years. Watson can also absorb huge databases and then mine that information quickly.

Eliot L. Siegel, MD, professor of diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine, will be leading the project for the School of Medicine. In this eight-minute video, Dr. Siegel discusses the benefits "Watson" technology could bring to the health care setting, as well as future plans for the technology at the University of Maryland.

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