Eric Brown is the Director and Principal Investigator for Watson Technologies at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. Eric earned his BSc at the University of Vermont and MSc and doctorate at the University of Massachusetts, all in computer science. Eric joined IBM in 1995 and has conducted research in information retrieval, document categorization, text analysis, question answering, bioinformatics, and applications of automatic speech recognition.
Since 2007 Eric has been a technical lead on the DeepQA project at IBM and the application of automatic, open domain question answering to build the Watson Question Answering system. The goal of Watson is to achieve human-level question answering performance. This goal was realized in February of 2011 when Watson beat Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a televised Jeopardy! exhibition match. Eric’s role on the project has spanned architecture development, special question processing, and hardware planning, and he is currently leading the team to apply Watson to clinical decision support in healthcare. Eric has published numerous conference and journal papers, and holds several patents in the areas of text analysis and question answering.