IBM Watson + Robots = Cognitive IoT

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Abstract:
Ever wondered how to build a robot that talks to you? Thanks to Watson and the emergence of cheap, hackable computer boards it's never been easier to do. During this session we'll give a few best practices and a high level intro to Watson in the IoT space.

AGENDA:
6:30 - 7:00 PM: Networking, food and drinks
7:00 - 9:00 PM: Cognitive IoT presentation (Michael and Josh)
9:00 - 9:30 PM: Networking / Q&A

Audience:
A good mix would be 70% developers & technical decision makers, 30% business. We won't be doing a hands on lab but there will be some light sample code.

Bio Michael Ludden:
Michael Ludden works in the IBM Watson group in Developer Relations & Product Management. Previously, Michael was Developer Marketing Manager Lead at Google, Head of Developer Marketing at Samsung, a Developer Evangelist at HTC, Global Director of Developer Relations at startups Quixey & Nexmo, and was involved at various times in development, product marketing, co-founding startups, tech show hosting, and even cruise-ship singing (don’t ask). Michael has a degree from UCLA and is thrilled to share more about Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Cognitive Computing.
A one-time developer, Michael has for the last decade been a frequent speaker, panelist and keynote speaker at conferences such as Mobile World Conference Barcelona, IFA in Berlin, CES, multiple Droidcons, Appsworld, GDC, Google IO, Linux Foundation Apache Big Data, AnDevCon, OSCON, Samsung Developer Conference, Appnation, SXSW, EvansData Developer Relations Conference, TechCrunch Disrupt, as well at developer meetups such as Google Developer Groups, MoDev, SVAndroid, Mobile Monday and more.

Bio Josh Zheng:
Josh Zheng is a product manager for Watson Developer Cloud. He has an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering and a master's degree in Robotics. Before joining IBM, he worked at a data mining company in DC, where he wrote software to analyze political systems around the world. Josh is very interested in Artificial Intelligence and how it can/will improve the interaction between human and computers.

Cognitive IoT: Making the Internet of Things Deliver for All of Us

The early visionaries of the Internet of Things, IBM’s thought leaders among them, foresaw a time when practically any physical object could be equipped with sensors and hooked up to the Internet to translate the physical world into digital information.
They were focusing on factory assembly lines, electrical grids, automobiles, highways, buildings, and the like. The goal was to gather streams of information from sensors that could be used to automate processes such as balancing supply and demand in a power grid and operate more efficiently.
Today, these applications have become mainstream, so it’s time to take advantage of a second generation of Internet of Things technologies and capabilities something we at IBM call the Cognitive Internet of Things.
Cognitive IoT technologies will make it possible for business leaders to understand what’s happening in the world more deeply. By infusing intelligence into systems and processes, businesses will be able to not only do things more efficiently, but to improve customer satisfaction, to discover new business opportunities, and to anticipate risks and threats so they can better deal with them.
As powerful as today’s sensor networks are, they aren’t up to the task of unlocking the complex interrelationships between people, places and things that drive business and the economy. To reach the next level, businesses need cognitive technologies that enable them to gather and integrate data from many types of sensors and other sources, to reason over that data, and to learn from their interactions with it.

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