Dr. Aya Soffer is Director of AI Tech in the IBM Research AI organization. In this role, Dr. Soffer drives strategic initiatives across the research division and works with IBM’s product groups and customers to drive Research innovation into the Market. Her focus is on creating world-class foundational AI technologies for Businesses while advancing the state-of-art AI capabilities for understanding unstructured data including image, video, speech, text and multi-modal data. This includes extracting knowledge from data, applying reasoning, and interacting with data via dialog and natural language queries. Dr. Soffer is on the board of director of the MindUp digital health incubator. Dr. Soffer has published over 50 papers in referred journals and conferences and has served on program committees, as track chair, and given keynotes in many leading conferences including a TED Talk at TEDMED 2014.