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IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center

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IBM Researchers in the Watson deep question answering computing system lab are collaborating with medical professionals, universities and service providers to improve patient outcomes.


Established in 1961, the Thomas J. Watson Research Center includes research facilities in Yorktown Heights, New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a client-oriented IBM Industry Solution Lab in Hawthorne, New York. The center is the headquarters for IBM Research – the largest industrial research organization in the world, with 12 labs on six continents.

The center has been the location of some of the most notable technological and scientific business breakthroughs of the 20th and 21st centuries, including the invention of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM), the FORTAN programming language , the relational database, and the development of copper interconnects.

These discoveries helped create and shape the world’s computing industry, while more recent breakthroughs, including Deep Blue computing systems, breaking the Petaflop barrier, and the introduction of Watson, the deep question answering natural-language computer system, are blazing the computing trails of the future.

The lab in Cambridge, MA is located near Kendall Square, one of the most vibrant areas in Cambridge, just across the river from Boston. Our location gives us access to both leaders and startups in the booming Massachusetts high tech  and biotechnology industries, and enables us to partner with world class hospitals and companies in healthcare. Our academic partner, MIT, is within walking distance.

The team takes advantage of its location and focuses on a variety of research topics. They invent, design, and build new technologies in the areas of cognitive computing, health and analytics, accessibility, video analytics, and computational science.

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IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center — Cambridge

IBM Research's Cambridge labThe lab was founded in 1992 as Lotus Research by IBM Fellow Irene Greif, joining the IBM Research – Thomas J Watson Research Center in 2000. It has been at the forefront of advances in Computer Supported Cooperative Work, publishing numerous scholarly papers, generating patents and transferring technology to products.

The Lab is now home to diverse research groups working on technological innovations affecting people in all walks of life.

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