The droid they were looking for

International scholars preview IBM tech during Mount’s business course
February 06, 2017

More than 60 students from across the globe got a sneak peak of IBM’s newest technology as part of a three-week business program at Mount Saint Mary College.

Through the International Business School – São Paulo and the Mount’s Office of International Programs, the college’s School of Business hosted the scholars, who learned standard U.S. business practices. The students hailed from a dozen different countries, including Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Turkey, Hungary, and Colombia.

During their stay, the scholars visited leading area businesses, including the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

The trip gave students a unique insight into how research is conducted at the center and how the company leverages its core competencies into competitive advantages in the marketplace. Senior executives from IBM discussed major initiatives planned for the coming years. Presenters included Charles Frank, global financial services sector solution lead for the IBM/Cisco Global Alliance and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Mount Saint Mary College.

The highlight of the visit was a robot named Jessica from IBM’s Cognitive Environment Lab. The bipedal, humanoid robot could answer a broad range of questions ranging from “Where are the bathrooms?” to “What is the weather like today?” This technology could eventually be used as a concierge in hospitals, hotels, and more.