IBM Watson: Embedding Artificial Intelligence Into Things with TJBot

February 20, 2017

February 20, 2017

6:30 pm To 9:30 pm

New York

Event Description

6:30PM – 7:00PM – Networking

7:00PM – 8:30PM – “IBM Watson: Embedding Artificial Intelligence Into Things with TJBot

TJBot –a DIY programmable cardboard robot powered by Watson — made his debut at the Watson Developer Conference (Nov 2016). Since then, it has been laser cut / 3D printed at locations spanning South Africa, Kenya, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Pakistan, Canada and Hong Kong.

TJBot is designed as a platform for makers to experience and experiment with ‘embodied cognition’ – the idea of embedding AI technology into devices, objects and spaces they already interact with. If the embodied cognition process was sufficiently simplified, what would users create? What design patterns would emerge? In many ways, TJBot helps address these questions by democratizing the embodied cognition innovation process.

In this talk, Victor Dibia Post-Doctoral Researcher with the IBM Cognitive Environments Lab will provide an overview of Watson services and how they are enabling use cases for natural interactions on the TJBot platform. He will also provide an overview of the TJBot design journey and insights based on feedback from the maker/developer community.

Victor Dibia is a Post-Doctoral Researcher with the Cognitive Environments Lab at IBM research, where he works with a multi-disciplinary team of designers, UI and UX engineers, software developers, and researchers in prototyping and evaluating intelligent multi-modal, multi-user interfaces for cognitive environments. He has previously worked as the Lead Technical Instructor for the MIT Global Startup Labs Summer 2012 programme, a researcher at the Innovation Management Lab at  Athens Information Technology Athens Greece, and an IT startup founder.

Victor holds an MSc in Information Networking from the Information Networking Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and a PhD in Information Systems (HCI and User Behavior) from

City University of Hong Kong where he was a HKPFS Fellow.

8:30PM – 9:00PM – Hang Out – Network

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