Using Watson for Supporting Design Creativity

Year: 2016
Editor: Julie Linsey, Maria Yang, and Yukari Nagai
Author: Ashok Goel, Parul Awasthy, Brian Creeden, Mithun Kumble, Shanu Salunke, Sriya Sarathy, Abhinaya Shetty, Divya Vijayaraghavan and Bryan Wiltgen
ISBN: 978-1-904670-82-7


We describe an experiment in using IBM’s Watson tool in a Georgia Tech Spring 2015 class
on compu-tational creativity. The semester-long projects in the class used Watson as a tool to develop
cognitive assistants in support of biologically inspired design, a well-established paradigm for design
creativity. In this paper, we describe the experiment in using Watson as a creativity support tool and
present two projects in detail. We draw lessons for using Watson for constructing cognitive assistants to
support design creativity.

Keywords: Biologically inspired design, cognitive systems, computational creativity

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