Dr. David Ferrucci is the award-winning Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) researcher who started and led the IBM Watson team from its inception in 2006 to its celebrated success in 2011 when Watson defeated the greatest Jeopardy players of all time. Considered a landmark in AI, Watson delivered amazing results that out-performed all expectations. From 2011 through 2012, Dr. Ferrucci pioneered Watson's applications in health which helped lay the technical foundation for a new Healthcare Division at IBM. In 2013, Dr. Ferrucci joined Bridgewater Associates to explore applied applications in markets and management.
Dr. Ferrucci’s more than 25 years in AI and his passion to see computers fluently think, learn, and communicate inspired him to found Elemental Cognition in 2015. Elemental Cognition is an AI company focused on deep natural language understanding and explores methods of learning that result in explicable models of intelligence.
Dr. Ferrucci graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Ph.D. in Computer Science. He has 50+ patents and published papers in the areas of AI, Automated Reasoning, NLP, Intelligent Systems Architectures, Automatic Text Generation, and Automatic Question-Answering. He led numerous projects prior to Watson including AI systems for manufacturing, configuration, document generation, and standards for large-scale text and multi-modal analytics. Dr. Ferrucci has keynoted in highly distinguished venues around the world including many of the top computing conferences. He has been interviewed by numerous media outlets including: The New York Times, PBS, Financial Times, Bloomberg and the BBC. Dr. Ferrucci was awarded the title of IBM Fellow and has won many prestigious awards for his work.