technologist and manager, On Demand Innovation Services
"Value is created when one perspective is reconciled with another…"
The word "checking" means different things according to the context in which it's used. For instance, finding information or discussing a bank account are just two instances in which "checking" might be relevant. Reconciling these sort of semantic decisions are at the heart of text analytics and speech processing -- and critical to understanding the outcome. It is in the process of reconciliation that value is defined and delivered. Wlodek Zadrozny has made a career of finding value in the reconciliation of disparate things.
At the beginning of his career, Wlodek worked on making analytics and speech processing viable technologies that could be readily applied to business applications. He did this by bridging the gap between theories about the form and meaning of language and the systems that would make them reality. Then, reconciling the gap between what was possible in the lab and what was realistic, he lead a group that incorporated search and text analytics technology into software, such as IBM WebSphere® Portal Server and IBM DB2® Content Manager.
Along the way, Wlodek spent time charting the future of technologies such as Web services, unstructured information management and health and bioinformatics. For IBM's Global Technology Outlook, he evaluated the state of these technologies against an assessment of the business and market context in which they would operate. This gave him the opportunity to work the long view – which technologies would likely deliver value in three to five years and why?
Wlodek spends his time considering how IBM Research's emerging technologies apply to nascent market demand and business needs. He has a continuing dialogue with researchers and business consultants who are shaping the boundaries of what is possible. He enjoys being an intermediary, reconciling the value that can be delivered today and looking for where value can be delivered next.
More information can be found at http://www.research.ibm.com/people/z/zwlodek/