Wlodek Zadrozny joined the faculty of UNC Charlotte in 2013, after a 27-year career at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. Dr. Zadrozny’s research focuses on natural language understanding and its applications. From 2008 to 2013, he was part of the IBM Watson project, the Jeopardy! playing machine. As a scientist at IBM Research, he led and contributed to a wide range of projects. They included a semantic search application, natural language dialogue systems, and a value net analysis of intangible assets. Dr. Zadrozny published more than 70 refereed papers on various aspects of text processing; he is an author of over 50 patents granted with several patents pending. He received a Ph.D. in mathematics (with distinction) from the Polish Academy of Science in 1980.