Leo Wanner earned his Diploma degree in Computer Science from the University of Karlsruhe and his PhD in Linguistics from the University of The Saarland. Prior to joining ICREA, he held positions at the German National Centre for Computer Science (GMD), University of Waterloo, the University of Stuttgart and the Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona. As visiting researcher, he was also affiliated with U of Montreal, U of Sydney, U of Southern California's Institute for Information Sciences, U Paris 7, Columbia University, and U of Augsburg. Throughout his career, Dr Wanner has been involved as Principal Investigator in a series of large scale national and European research projects. He has published eight books and about 185 peer reviewed papers. He is member of the Editorial Board of the Computational Intelligence Journal and serves as regular reviewer for a number of high profile conferences and journals in the areas of (Computational) Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence.