Satinder Baveja (center), University of Michigan professor of computer science and engineering, is leading a project with IBM to develop a conversational cognitive computing system that would initially serve as an automated advisor for a segment of undergrad students. Here, he discusses the project with Ananda Narayan (left) and Charles Welch (right), doctoral students and researchers in Baveja's group. Photo by Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing

Satinder Singh Baveja, U-M professor of computer science and engineering, illustrates the Turing test, the famous test of machine intelligence developed by Alan Turing in 1950. For a computer to pass it, it must converse with a human so fluidly that the human believes the computer is a person. Also pictured are David Nahamoo, (center) IBM fellow and chief speech technology officer for IBM Watson, and Emily Mower Provost, U-M assistant professor of computer science and engineering. All are part of a team working to develop a truly conversational system that can assist in a student advisory capacity. Photo by Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing