Rob High is one of the world’s leaders in artificial intelligence, as well as a distinguished architect and technical strategist with a long history in distributed system component models. As the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for IBM Watson, High leads the IBM team responsible for bringing cognitive computing to the world, supporting the development of deep natural language processing and other cognitive computing capabilities in the areas of speech, language, vision, and reasoning. Under his leadership, Watson is ushering in a new era in computing in which systems are able to interact in natural language, analyze large volumes of unstructured data, respond to complex questions with evidence-based answers, and discover new actionable patterns and insights. High is recognized as one of the world’s most exceptional technical professionals and was named an IBM Fellow in 2008 for his pioneering work in the field of SOA and for his leadership of the SOA Foundation.