Picture of me Hello, all! I'm Dr. J. William Murdock. I am a computer scientist in the Watson Research Center at IBM. I work on the Watson research project. This project addressed the Grand Challenge task of competing with human champions in the quiz show, Jeopardy!. Currently we are applying this technology to real-world applications such as health care. I was the guest editor of This is Watson, a special issue of the IBM Journal of Research and Development. That special issue provides extensive details regarding our work on Watson. The technology underlying Watson is named DeepQA. DeepQA provides a complex combination of capabilities that include elements of natural-language processing, information retrieval, knowledge-based reasoning, and machine learning.

Before coming to IBM, I worked in the Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. My position there was a Postdoctoral Research Associateship funded by the National Research Council. The director of the group that I was in at the Naval Research Laboratory is Dr. David W. Aha. During that time, I collaborated with the Computer Science Department at the University of Maryland where I worked with Dr. Dana S. Nau.

I was a graduate student from fall of 1994 through summer of 2001 in AI (part of an interdisciplinary Cognitive Science program) at the College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology; I received my master's degree in 1996 and my Ph.D. in 2001. My advisor was Dr. Ashok Goel and I was a member of his Design Intelligence group. My Ph.D. work focused on a project called REM which uses functional models for self-redesign in the context of complex, dynamic environments such as manufacturing and web browsing. I obtained my bachelor's degree (in Computer Science, Linguistics and Semiotics, and Computational and Applied Mathematics) in the spring of 1994 from Rice University. I also assisted with the creation of a page for custom greeting cards and invitations and worked on the e-publishing for a book about journalism in Yemen.

This is my personal home page. You may also wish to see my official IBM home page. However, do not expect a lot of additional content there.