The university faculty will research technologies and methods for the systems
IBM has started a joint research project with four universities to expand the development of cognitive computing systems.
The cognitive computing systems like IBM Watson are capable of learning and reasoning in order to assist human experts in making complex decisions that include volumes of fast-moving data.
Faculty from Carnegie Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will be part of the project.
The project members will research on technologies and methods to develop their advanced versions, which allow people to better interact with Big Data.
IBM Research strategy vice president Zachary Lemnios said that the company is already starting to transform the ways clients navigate big data and is creating new insights in healthcare, how research can be conducted and how companies can support their customers.
"But much additional research is needed to identify the systems, architectures and process technologies to support a new computing model that enables systems and people to work together across any domain of expertise," Lemnios said.
The company plans to work in areas including the ways socio-technical tools and applications increase decision making performance of human groups, practical application of a variety of artificial intelligence and system designs supporting complex human tasks.