Leo Wanner earned his Diploma degree in Computer Science from the University of Karlsruhe and his PhD in Computational Linguistics from the University of The Saarland, Germany. 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 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, Leo has been involved as Principal Investigator in a series of national and European research projects. He has published eight books and about 200 peer reviewed papers. He is Associate Editor 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.