The intersection of IBM's research interests and those of CGHR have been demonstrated by the proposed cooperation between the Centre and the newly launched IBM Research Africa laboratory in Nairobi. The Centre's Director Dr Srinivasan visited the lab to discuss with the team there the role of cognitive computing in Africa's development.
IBM Research has been developing their study of cognitive computing: systems that learn and interact naturally with people to extend what either man or machine could do on their own. They help human experts make better decisions by penetrating the complexity of "big data."
Dr Srinivasan will bring to the collaboration an emphasis on how contextual social science research must accompany the use of cognitive computer systems when attempting to gain a deeper understanding of "big data."