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IBM And University Of Illinois Join Hands To Create Next Generation Cognitive Computing System

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International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) said that it joined hands with the University of Illinois to establish the Center for Cognitive Computing Systems Research (C3SR). According to the company, it would be housed within the Urbana campus.

IBM said the initiative would be launched in the summer of the current year. The tech firm indicated C3SR would align and advance scientific frontiers in machine learning, as well as heterogeneous computing systems maximized for fresh cognitive computing workloads.

The tech firm's SVP and Director for Research, Arvind Krishna, said that "IBM's collaboration with the University of Illinois will help our researchers to extend the boundaries of cognitive computing and Watson even further." He continued to say "The cognitive era of computing is going to be marked by a full range of disciplines coming together, advancing in parallel to help solve the world's most challenging problems. The University of Illinois' leadership in heterogeneous systems and learning research, its tremendous talent and longstanding relationship with IBM, make it ideal for this endeavor."

IBM said that the collaboration was part of its ongoing academic initiatives to help students develop skills and understanding of cognitive computing to meet the rapidly growing demand for high skilled technology professionals. The company indicated that it worked with eight leading universities throughout the world in the early development of its Watson cognitive computing system. Currently, the company is collaborating with over 250 universities to help teach courses in various cognitive computing disciplines.

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