Watson: Developing New Skills in the Cognitive Era

Chris DeYoung

 

The Watson group is essentially a small business startup within IBM.  The skills required for this team are a mix of attributes and knowledge including bleeding edge technology, business acumen, fearlessness and creativity.  In this session we’ll discuss what Watson is and does and the unique leadership and entreprene Talking Circles or Circle Talks are a foundational approach to First Nations pedagogy-in-action since they provide a model for an educational activity that encourages dialogue, respect, the co-creation of learning content, and social discourse. The nuance of subtle energy created from using this respectful approach to talking with others provides a sense of communion and interconnectedness that is not often present in the common methods of communicating in the classroom. When everyone has their turn to speak, when all voices are heard in a respectful and attentive way, the learning atmosphere becomes a rich source of information, identity, and interaction.


Chris DeYoung

Chris DeYoung is the Infrastructure Architect for Watson assigned to the IBM/Softbank Partnership. His work involves creating designs that support the common goals of both Softbank and IBM in order to bring Watson to the Japanese market. Besides language support, this project involves the evolution of Watson from a static hardware solution into Watson-As-A-Service on public, private and hybrid cloud. Besides cloud architecture, Chris' has broad and deep skills in High Performance Computing and played a large role in the delivery of the Los Alamos National Labs Roadrunner cluster; the first computer to surpass the 1 petaflop barrier. Chris has been involved with the INDN group within IBM for many years and has worked to deliver IBM's donation solutions for Mt Edgecumbe, a Native American school in Sitka, AK as well as IBM's technology donation to the National Museum of the American Indian in Manhattan.