J. William Murdock  J. William Murdock photo       

contact information

Researcher, DeepQA (Watson) project
Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA


Professional Associations

Professional Associations:  Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)


Hello, all! I'm Bill Murdock. This is my official IBM home page. More information can be found on my personal home page at http://bill.murdocks.org.

To the left is a link to a publication list that is generated semi-automatically (and thus is semi-accurate). You can also see my manually-generated list of publications at http://bill.murdocks.org/publications.html

I am a computer scientist in the Watson Research Center at IBM in the DeepQA research team, which created the IBM Watson question answering system. IBM Watson was originally designed for the Grand Challenge task of competing with human champions in the quiz show, Jeopardy!. IBM Watson includes a complex combination of capabilities that include elements of natural-language processing, information retrieval, knowledge-based reasoning, and machine learning.  I have worked on IBM Watson Engagement Advisor, IBM WastonPaths, and IBM Watson for Healthcare.

Before coming to IBM, I worked in the Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. My position there was a Postdoctoral Research Associateship funded by the National Research Council. The director of the group that I was in at the Naval Research Laboratory is Dr. David W. Aha. I also spent one day per week at the Computer Science Department at the University of Maryland where I worked with Dr. Dana S. Nau on the SHOP2 HTN planning system.

I was a graduate student from fall of 1994 through summer of 2001 in AI (part of an interdisciplinary Cognitive Science program) at the College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology; I received my master's degree in 1996 and my Ph.D. in 2001. My advisor was Dr. Ashok Goel and I was a member of his Design Intelligence group. My Ph.D. work focused on a project called REM which uses functional models for self-redesign in the context of complex, dynamic environments such as manufacturing and web browsing. I obtained my bachelor's degree (in Computer Science, Linguistics and Semiotics, and Computational and Applied Mathematics) in the spring of 1994 from Rice University. I've done some work on web page design, having created my personal home page and assisted with the creation of a page for custom greeting cards and invitations. I also worked on the e-publishing for a book about journalism in Yemen.