The Department of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus cordially invites you to the Invited Course Lecture entitled:

Cognitive Computing

Speaker: Mr. Kyriacos Kokkinos
Affiliation: IBM Cyprus, Cyprus
Category: Invited Course Lecture
Location: Room 148, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences (FST-01), 1 University Avenue, 2109 Nicosia, Cyprus (directions)
Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Time: 18:00-19:00 EET
Host: Antonis Kakas (

Cognitive Computing sets a new paradigm of computing, shifting from the Programmable Era to the the era of Cognitive Systems, which leverages on the technologies of Artificial intelligence and Big Data. Cognitive computing and cognitive based systems accelerate, enhance and scale human expertise by: Learning and building knowledge, Understanding natural language and Interacting more naturally with humans than traditional programmable systems Over time, cognitive systems will simulate more of how the brain actually works and help us solve the world's most complex problems by penetrating the complexity of Big Data. Cognitive systems are able to put content into context, providing confidence-weighted responses, with supporting evidence. Cognitive systems extend the capabilities of humans by augmenting human decision making capacity and helping us make sense of the growing amount of data. Over time, cognitive systems will simulate even more closely how the brain actually works. In doing so, they could help us solve the world's most complex problems by penetrating the complexity of big data and exploiting the power of natural language processing and machine learning. Cognitive computing is virtually in its infancy in terms of how this exciting technology could potentially evolve. Adopting and integrating cognitive solutions into an organization is a journey and not a destination. Therefore, organizations need to set realistic expectations and develop long-term plans with incremental milestones to benefit from the technology’s future progression.

Short Bio:
Kyriacos Kokkinos is IBM’s Executive Director & Partner for Cognitive Solutions, IBM Europe, leading IBM’s European Consulting practice in Cognitive Computing. Throughout his career he served in a number of executive positions across different European geographies. He is distinguished for his strong understanding of IT in Telecommunications, Energy and Utilities Sectors and has a solid understanding of Public Sector, Healthcare and Banking industries. Key Strengths: • Strategic Thought Leadership, strong business acumen, innovation and knowledge creation consultant, trusted business advisor at board level. • Member of IBM’s Research Institute IBV (Institute for Business Value) Directorship competencies: Serves in the Board of Directors of a number of organizations, including Vice - Chairman of OEB, Board Member of CIPA Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency and Vice - Chairman of the Research Promotion Foundation RPF.

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