IBM Watt AI Partnership Overview

About IBM and AI
Many know of IBM Watson, the AI supercomputer that destroyed its human competitors on Jeopardy! back in 2011. Since that time, IBM's AI Technology has grown into a multifaceted platform with diverse industry  applications, from healthcare to agriculture. IBM continues to explore tools and techniques for extracting meaningful insights from human speech or text, analyzing images, building machine learning applications and much more.

The Watt AI Program
The Watt AI program facilitates the coming together of students, staff, researchers and AI technologies to solve complex analytics problems in the greater Clemson network. By connecting AI-empowered students to researchers, campus leaders and industry partners, the program creates meaningful educational and professional opportunities for students while promoting new knowledge discovery, the growth of campus initiatives and business development

If you are interested in working with the Watt AI program on your project, please fill out this brief survey and we will follow up with you via email.

  • About Watt AI

    The key objectives of the Watt AI Program are:

    • To provide novel educational and professional opportunities for students through the development of real-world applications involving AI technology;
    • To enable ongoing and new research activities through the application of artificial intelligence technology; and
    • To foster the growth of the AI and analytics community within the greater Clemson network and to identify opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration within that community.

    The Watt AI Creative Inquiry team is the main vehicle for achieving these goals. Watt AI Creative Inquiry students receive training in concepts from AI, Cloud Computing, Data Analysis, Machine Learning and Data Science, and they apply these techniques to real research problems at Clemson University. Through the efforts of this Creative Inquiry team, we are developing a broad and diverse network of researchers and students with a common vested interest in AI and data analytics technology.

    If you are interested in working with the Watt AI team on your project or joining the AI users’ group in the Fall, please contact Dr. Hudson Smith at

    Watt AI Projects

    Use AI to color-correct video in real-time.

    Microwave Analysis
    Analyze microwave sensor readings to detect and classify which bacteria are present.

    Running Records
    Employ audio speech recognition AI and custom-built models to evaluate young kids' progress in reading

    Political Science
    Semi-automate the content analysis of large datasets of politically relevant textual data, such as Congressional tweets.

    Detect and analyze the behavior of disinformation campaigns conducted on social media platforms.

    Career Readiness
    Develop AI/ML-based methodologies for exploring and learning from survey data.

    3D Face
    Characterize the facial features associated with rare genetic diseases to aid in diagnosis.

    Use Natural Language Processing (NLP) to gain new perspectives on the works of Shakespeare.

    Automate the quality review of ultrasound images. Qualitative analysis: Amplify the efforts of human researchers performing qualitative analysis of text data.

    Hospital Event Reports
    Using Natural Language Processing to extract and analyze content from hospital event reports.

    Blood Spot Exams
    Automatic image processing and quality assessment for newborn blood spot screening exams. 

    Creating Your IBM Cloud Account

    IBM Cloud Extended License through Clemson:

    • Visit IBM Cloud's website to sign up. Select "Sign Up" at the top right to sign up for a 30-day trial account.
    • Follow the instructions found here to retrieve your free feature/promotional code.
    • Log in to your IBM dashboard using your Cloud credentials from step one.
    • Select "Manage" and then "Billing" from the options at the top of the page.
    • Scroll down until you see the section called "Feature (Promo) Codes".
    • Click "Apply Code".
    • Enter the code that you recorded in step four and click "Apply".
    • If you run into any problems or have questions, please contact Dr. Hudson Smith at