Dr. Guru Banavar is Vice President and Chief Science Officer for cognitive computing at IBM. He is responsible for advancing the next generation of cognitive technologies and solutions with IBM’s global scientific ecosystem, including academia, government agencies and other partners. Guru leads the Cognitive Horizons Network, a set of research collaborations with leading institutions.
Most recently, Guru led the team responsible for creating new AI technologies and systems in the family of IBM Watson, designed to augment human expertise in all industries, from healthcare to financial services to education. He and his team build a range of cognitive systems that learn from massive amounts of data, reason towards specific goals, and interact naturally with people to perform a variety of tasks – from answering questions conversationally to extracting knowledge for discovering insights to evaluating options for difficult decisions. Guruduth sat down with IVY to share his insights and advice!