Expert to Discuss IBM Supercomputer at UTEP’s First Spring Centennial Lecture

The University of Texas at El Paso welcomes Richard Talbot, director of IBM Power Systems product line management, as the spring semester’s first guest speaker for the Centennial Lecture Series. 

Talbot’s discussion, "Beyond Jeopardy! Putting Watson to Work," is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the Undergraduate Learning Center, room 116, on Wiggins Road. 

The public and members of the media are invited to attend this free event on the UTEP campus. A reception will follow. 

IBM Watson is an artificial intelligence system capable of answering questions posed in natural language. Named after IBM's founder and first president, Thomas J. Watson, the supercomputer is one of the most advanced systems on Earth and was developed by an IBM Research team of 25 scientists. 

In February 2011, Watson competed on Jeopardy! against the TV quiz show's two most renowned champions. The IBM Jeopardy! Challenge represented a major milestone in the development of artificial intelligence systems, and was highlighted in IBM's centennial celebration last year as a showcase for its commitment to research and tradition of Grand Challenges. 

Talbot leads the development of portfolio definition, business planning and successful worldwide introduction of IBM's next generation Power platforms. He has been working on the IBM leadership team responsible for transitioning Watson from the game show circuit to solving real world problems in health care, financial services, government citizen services and many other industries. 

Talbot received his master's degree in electrical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and his bachelor’s degree from Rice University. He is an IBM Executive and PMI Certified Project Manager, holds five U.S. patents and has received several awards in management excellence, business and technical achievement. 

In 2014, UTEP will celebrate a century of access and excellence in education. This not only is a time to honor the University’s history, but to contemplate its future and drive to become the first national research university with a 21st century student demographic. The Centennial Lecture Series will provide perspective on a broad range of contemporary topics that impact society, culture and lives.