The most recent installment of Northeastern’s Profiles in Innovation series, hosted by President Joseph E. Aoun, featured a discussion with David Ferrucci, principal investigator on the IBM team that created superstar supercomputer Watson. That’s the same Watson that dazzled television audiences by beating Jeopardy! champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a February 2011 face-off.

But it’s the untapped potential for supercomputers like the IBM prototype that drew more than 300 faculty, staff, and students to hear Ferrucci, who wowed the audience by providing a glimpse of just what could be accomplished with this scientific achievement.

Watson is already at work, for example, helping doctors at New York City’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to improve diagnoses and treatment recommendations.

Next up for Watson: the world of banking. Financial giants like Citigroup are exploring ways that Watson-based technology can simplify the banking experience and improve customer interactions.