Open Lecture 27 March | Cognitive Discovery: How AI is Changing Technical R&D

Dr. Costas Bekas presents his view on how to predict the future by inventing it and gives his view on Artificial Intelligence. Costas Bekas is the manager of the Foundations of Cognitive Solutions group at IBM Research-Zurich.

The lecture is open for students, teachers, the general public and the industry.

Date and time: Wednesday 27 March at 10:15–12:00

Place: Malmö University, Niagara, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Lecture Hall C (see where this is on MazeMap)

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ABSTRACT | Cognitive Discovery (CD) is an AI-based holistic framework designed to massively accelerate technical R&D. It introduces novel AI technologies to ingest and represent complicated technical knowledge and know-how, sift through oceans of data and drive technical hypothesis discovery and verification by clever design of simulations. Real market deployments of CD have demonstrated at least an order of magnitude improvement in discovery rates of new technologies such as chemicals and materials, while in addition driving the creation and curation of corporate deep technical memory.

Dr. Costas Bekas is managing the Foundations of Cognitive Solutions group at IBM Research-Zurich. He received B. Eng., Msc and PhD diplomas, all from the Computer Engineering & Informatics Department, University of Patras, Greece, in 1998, 2001 and 2003 respectively. Between 2003–2005, he worked as a postdoctoral associate with prof. Yousef Saad at the Computer Science & Engineering Department, University of Minnesota, USA.

He has been with IBM since September 2005. Costas’s main research interests span AI, massive scale analytics and energy aware algorithms and architectures. Costas is a recipient of the PRACE 2012 award and the ACM Gordon Bell 2013 and 2015 prizes.

This lecture is part of the series IOTAP Keynotes.

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