IBM Debating Technologies       


IBM Debating Technologies - overview

Deep Blue showed the world that a computer can beat a human world champion in chess. Watson used big data analytics to defeat top human contestants in question and answering. Now, IBM Debating Technologies are ushering in a new era of Cognitive Computing.

This AI computing project explores scenarios where there isn't only one answer (for example as a Jeopardy! clue).

The distinctive debating technologies developed in this project can have great practical use in industries such as government, legal, finance, healthcare, and sales, to name just a few. For example, automatic argument construction could serve to dramatically enhance business processes and decision making – whether by providing assisted reasoning for which treatment will work best on a patient, or by helping salespeople develop persuasive arguments when working with clients in deal negotiations, or by presenting pro and con arguments in support of or against government policies.

The science and technology used in this project includes NLP, Machine Learning, IR (Information Retrieval), Knowledge Graphs, Expressive Text to Speech (ETTS), and more. On the academic front, our researchers play a key role in establishing the rapidly evolving field of Computational Argumentation (see Publications). Researchers are welcome to use our publically available datasets.



Contact: Ranit Aharonov, IBM Research - Haifa,