PhD David Ferrucci  PhD David Ferrucci photo       

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Department Group Manager, Semantic Analysis & Integration
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Hawthorne, NY USA
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David is the principal investigator for the DeepQA project currenlty focused on building Watson -- the computer system capable of competing with champion players at the Question Answering game of Jeopardy!.

Watson DeepQA Jeopardy!

He also led the UIMA project as Chief Architect. UIMA is a framework for integrating text and multi-modal analytics for interpreting unstructured information (text, speech, images etc). IBM has contributed UIMA and its extension UIMA-AS to open-source. UIMA is now an OASIS standard and an APACHE open-source project.

UIMA

David has a background in AI, specifically Knowledge Representation and Reasoning. He is most interested in projects that combine NLP, Machine Learning and KR&R to develop and apply intelligent systems. His team is also working on the DARPA Machine Reading Program, extending DeepQA to perform deeper understanding of natural langage content.




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