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Talk: Watson in orbit

How we help space scientists to inspire developers and engineers with AI

IBM's contribution to the US space program goes back to the time of the Apollo missions, providing computers for Cape Canaveral and the Houston Mission Control Centre, and the guidance system for the famed Saturn V rocket that propelled humans to the Moon.

Today, our UK teams are working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), who have research facilities on the International Space Station (ISS).

IBM Research and the Digital Business Group help NASA and CASIS to inspire developers and future engineers with the art of the possible, using IBM Watson through a collection of IBM Code Patterns. It's part of our worldwide initiative for developer outreach and advocacy.

Joe Pavitt explains how Watson Visual Recognition is applied to photos taken by astronauts in space, how Watson Assistant can be used to track satellites in orbit around the Earth, and how Watson Studio can be used to predict the intensity of wildfires using open-sourced data from NASA.

Joe is one of IBM's youngest Master Inventors. He is a designer and developer in our Emerging Technology team who specialises in Data Visualisation across a range of industries and technologies. He has a degree in Aeronautics, Astronautics, and Spacecraft Engineering. As the department's Aerospace Catalyst, he's one of our IBM team who can genuinely say: "Actually, yes, it is rocket science."

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