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Eric Brown

Eric Brown
Advisory Board
Director of Watson Algorithms, IBM


Eric Brown '92 M.S '96 Ph.D. is the director of Watson algorithms in the IBM Watson Group. Eric joined IBM Research in 1995 and has conducted research in information retrieval, document categorization, text analysis, question answering, bio-informatics, and applications of automatic speech recognition. Since 2007, Eric has been a technical lead on the DeepQA project at IBM and the application of automatic, open domain question answering to build the Watson Question Answering system. The goal of Watson, to achieve human-level question answering performance, was realized in February of 2011 when Watson beat Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a televised Jeopardy! exhibition match. Eric's role on the project spanned architecture development, special question processing, and hardware planning. He is currently focused on applying Watson to clinical decision support in healthcare.

Eric earned his B.S. at the University of Vermont, and M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, all in Computer Science.

Eric has published numerous conference and journal papers, and holds several patents in the areas of text analysis and question answering. For more information regarding Eric's research, visit: http://researcher.watson.ibm.com/researcher/view.php?person=us-ewb