"ROSS" were enrolled in a business of software course that had a cognitive computing capstone added in for the Watson contest. Administered and taught at the Department of Computer Science by Steve Engels, Mario Grech, and Helen Kontozopoulos, the course pitted five U of T teams against each other in the challenge to develop an entrepreneurial intelligence-based legal application, using Watson’s cognitive computing engine through its cloud computing system.
In January, team ROSS competed in New York for the grand prize of $100,000 in seed capital, and placed a close second (a nail-biting finish), beating most of the top U.S. university teams.
iSchool will honour the team's achievement and inspire other students by hosting an informal session where the team will discuss how they approached the contest, how they did so well and what the future holds.
- iSchool Professor Eric Yu (introduction)
- iSchool Dean Seamus Ross (a few words of congratulations)
- Stephen Perelgut, Senior Relationship Manager, IBM Academic Partnerships (IBM viewpoint of the competition)
- ROSS team members Shuai Wang, Akash Venkat, Jimoh Ovbiagele, and Andrew Arruda
Everyone welcome. No RSVP required. Refreshments will be served.
Read more at the U of T iSchool website