John Carroll University has joined the IBM Watson Academic Initiative, enabling students to use a cognitive technology that’s revolutionizing decision-making techniques and sharing expertise in healthcare, law, and other important fields. Watson processes information more like a human than a computer. Watson’s technology gained international attention in 2011 by winning against human competitors in a special challenge on the quiz show "Jeopardy." Through the partnership, JCU students will program Watson as part of “Radical Platforms,” a new course taught by Professor of Computer Science Daniel Palmer, Ph.D. Students in the course will explore and program a customized Watson for healthcare applications, including diagnosis support and physician training. John Carroll also recently launched a new major in healthcare information technology
. Last summer at John Carroll University’s Health Information Technology Camp
, high school juniors experienced innovations and opportunities in the fast growing healthcare IT field. The camp included a presentation on the Watson project by guest speakers from IBM and the Cleveland Clinic. This summer’s Health Information Technology Camp will include two, one-week programs: Building Mobile Apps in Healthcare IT (July 13-17, 2015) and IBM Watson Technology in Healthcare IT (July 20-24, 2015).