Have you ever wondered how we could provide tourists in Amsterdam with the best experience? Now is your chance to develop ideas, business cases and real prototypes of Watson to answer all questions tourists have.
The Watson Innovation course is a collaboration between the Vrije Universiteit, University of Amsterdam and IBM. It offers a unique opportunity to learn about IBM Watson, cognitive computing and the meaning of such artificial intelligence systems in a real world and big data context. Students from Computer Science and Economics faculties will join their complementary efforts and creativity in cross-disciplinary teams to explore the business and innovation potential of such technologies.
The Watson Innovation course is primarily for Computer Science and Business related students from the Vrije Universiteit and University of Amsterdam. The course takes place from 9th of November 2015 until 22th of January 2016, and rewards 6 ECTS. The registration is closed as we have reached the maximum number of students that can participate. You can still apply for the waiting list in case a spot opens up. Please apply by contacting Benjamin Timmermans via firstname.lastname@example.org and include your student number, current study and a short motivation.
The course runs from 9th of November 2015 until 22th of January 2016, with a break during Christmas. There will be lectures and practicals at both VU and IBM locations. The detailed planning will be available through VU blackboard.
|Mon 9 Nov||15:30 – 17:15||Cognitive Computing|
|Thu 12 Nov||15:30 – 17:15||Cognitive Computing|
|Mon 16 Nov||15:30 – 17:15||Amsterdam Use Case|
|Thu 19 Nov||15:30 – 17:15||IBM Watson and Developer Cloud|
|Mon 23 Nov||15:30 – 17:15||Corpus Training and Testing|
|Thu 26 Nov||15:30 – 17:15||Question-Answering|
|Mon 30 Nov||15:30 – 17:15||IBM Design Thinking|
|Thu 3 Dec||15:30 – 17:15||IBM Ideation|
|Mon 7 Dec||15:30 – 17:15||Business Plan Development|
|Thu 10 Dec||15:30 – 17:15||IBM Bluemix|
|Mon 14 Dec||15:30 – 17:15||Business Plan (cont.)|
|Thu 17 Dec||15:30 – 17:15||Q&A Feedback|
|21 Dec – 7 Jan||None||App Development and Christmas Break|
|Mon 11 Jan||15:30 – 17:15||Q&A Feedback|
|Thu 14 Jan||15:30 – 17:15||Finalizing App and Business Plan|
|Mon 18 Jan||15:30 – 17:15||Final Presentations|
|Fri 22 Jan||17:00 – 18:45||App showcase to clients|
Frequently Asked Questions
What reading material is advised for the course?
– What is IBM Watson?
– Building Watson: An overview of the DeepQA project
– CrowdTruth papers
Do I need programming skills for the course?
You will be working in a multidisciplinary team. This means that as a Computer Science student your main focus is the app development, while as a Business student the business plan.
Will we work with a real version of IBM Watson?
Yes. You will have a unique chance to work with the IBM Watson Engagement Advisor in our private Watson instance.
How can I contribute as a business student?
In the course you will explore the business and innovation potential of Watson, and develop an idea to a business plan supported with a real app.
Is this a Bachelor or Master course?
It is a Master course (level 400), but bachelor students in their second year or higher are welcome to join.
Does this course count for my study program?
No, this is an extracurricular course. You can request a course to be part of your study program through your exam committee. This is not possible for bachelor students, as it is officially a masters course.
Is the course in Dutch?
No. All lectures, practicals and Watson itself are English.
What is CrowdTruth?
CrowdTruth is an award winning research project of the Vrije Universiteit, IBM Netherlands and IBM New York. The project initiated in 2012 by providing multi-perspective gold standard text annotations for the training and evaluation of various IBM Watson components. The researchers behind CrowdTruth will be teaching most of the lectures.