continues to make media waves, receiving mentions in The Economist
and the Financial Times
, about how the high-tech a
pp helps lawyers do their work.
Last fall, IBM brought Watson into the classroom
with the IBM Watson University Challenge.
Out of this two-part course, Ross was born: a legal research assistant app. The team's students Jimoh Ovbiagele (computer science), Pargles Wenz Dall'Oglio (exchange student in computer science), Akash Venkat (iSchool) and Andrew Arruda (University of Saskatchewan law graduate) later formed their startup, ROSS Intelligence, after their second-place finish at the IBM Waston University Challenge in New York City, where U of T computer science was the only Canadian competitor.
The courses in cognitive computing and the business of software were taught in the fall of 2014 by Associate Professor, Teaching Stream Steve Engels and instructors Helen Kontozopoulos and Mario Grech, co-directors of the Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab (DCSIL).
In the past year alone, Ross Intelligence joined Y Combinator
, a U.S. seed fund for startups, and received an undisclosed investment from Dentons
, the world’s largest law firm.
IBM is making Watson intelligence more widely available for companies to create their own applications.
Photo top left – ROSS Intelligence: Pargles Wenz Dall'Oglio (computer science), Jimoh Ovbiagele (computer science), Andrew Arruda (University of Saskatchewan law graduate) and Akash Venkat (iSchool).