From the article:
Watson is going to college. Students at seven of the country's top computer science universities will get a chance to try out IBM's famous cognitive computing system as part of new classes set for next fall.
Michigan is one of the schools who will have the opportunity to work with Watson:
As part of the Watson classes, students will be given access to a Watson system that IBM will provide through a cloud. They'll then break into teams and use those resources to build and test their own applications, which will be geared toward a particular industry.
Participating students at the University of Michigan will likely develop their apps in collaboration with the University of Michigan Health Center and specifically its C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, says Eric Michielssen a professor of engineering and computer science, who also serves as associate vice president for advanced research.
It's also possible that the university's business school could get involved to help gauge the commercial potential of the apps, he says.
"Yes, we have a fantastic artificial intelligence group here, but Watson's technologies are very unique," Michielssen says. "This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to use the extraordinary capabilities of Watson."
Student response to the new class has been phenomenal, Michielssen says. The 75 spots for the fall semester filled up within two days and there are currently about 50 students on the waitlist, which is expected to grow.
The other lucky schools are Berkeley, Texas, NYU, Carnegie Mellon, RPI, and Ohio State. Here is the article for more details: http://phys.org/news/2014-05-ibm-partners-universities-watson.html