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Satya Nitta

IBM Watson

Dr. Satya V. Nitta is passionate about inventing and developing technologies to solve major global problems. He has deep experience in inventing, building world class teams and developing groundbreaking technologies in both the hardware and software areas of computing with hundreds of millions of dollars of impact to IBM. He is currently the worldwide leader and program director of the Cognitive Sciences and Education Technology research department at IBM Research which he envisioned, created and built from the ground up. His global team invents and develops technologies at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and cognitive computing and employs multiple techniques in fields ranging from machine learning, natural language processing, virtual and augmented reality, to experimental and computational neuroscience. Earlier, as manager and technical leader of the Advanced Interconnect Technology department at the IBM Research, he led teams of technologists which invented and defined many aspects of IBM’s on-chip interconnect technologies with significant technical and strategic impact to several generations of IBM’s semiconductor and high performance server products.

Dr. Nitta received a PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Chemical Engineering in 1998 and has been at IBM Research since 1999. He was named as the IEEE Spectrum “Innovator of the Year” in 2008 and also won an IEEE Spectrum Ace Award for “Technology of the Year”in 2008. He has authored or co-authored over 30 publications, one book chapter, and currently holds over 80 US patents with over 40 additional patent applications pending at the USPTO

IBM Watson

Project of Satya Nitta

IBM Watson is a technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data. IBM’s Watson, a cognitive computing system that simulates the human thought process, could soon be peering over teacher’s shoulders in classrooms. The real impact on learning will start to come in the classroom, if you can imagine intelligent tutors — a system that can truly be interactive with the learner as they’re engaging and learning the materials. Watson could lend teachers a hand by expanding its role as a search engine, returning not only the best answer to a question but also the logic for how it reached that conclusion, Frase said.

While IBM’s team is developing Watson’s brain, scientists are achieving a better understanding of how the human mind learns, said Satya Nitta, program director of cognitive computing for education at IBM. Through Watson’s ability to learn along with the learner, Nitta says, « we can fundamentally bring the element of discovery, surprise and exploration back into the classroom, and in the process, deeply engage the learner. »