Artificial Intelligence with IBM Watson

Benjamin Timmermans


In this lecture you will learn through fun and practical examples what artificial intelligence is, and what the challenges are with this technology. Learn how artificial intelligence can be created, how you yourself contribute to make these systems increasingly smarter, and what the ethical considerations are in artificial intelligence. This is tied to my personal experience with the original IBM Watson system.


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As lead University Programs for IBM Netherlands, my work involves research, innovation and education together with our clients, IBM Research and Universities. My expertise is in Artificial Intelligence, AI Fairness and Ethics, Human Robotics and Crowdsourcing. I studied business informatics at the HZ University of Applied Sciences, followed by a masters degree in information sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I continued working at the university as a scientific researcher on open-domain question answering in IBM Watson. In 2016 I won a national prize for our education at the Vrije Universiteit about the technology behind IBM Watson. After three years I joined the IBM Center for Advanced Studies and continued my work on Artificial Intelligence and developed Dutch speech models for IBM Watson. I am leading our university activities in the Netherlands since 2019, and am a member of the Dutch AI Coalition, and both IBM’s AI and AI ethics committee in the Benelux.

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AI / AutomationCloud & DataIoT

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