Dr. Sid J Reddy is a recognized expert in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Computational Linguistics who designed, developed and contributed to dozens of NLP systems used in production in a wide array of use-cases and industry verticals (healthcare, business intelligence, life sciences, legal and e-commerce). His research ranges from using functional theories of grammar for association extraction and question-answering to acquiring lexical resources through distributed word vector representations learned from big data and applying them to improve the state of the art in sequential labeling tasks. Dr. Reddy graduated with a Bachelors in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology and moved to the United States to “develop an effective approach to information extraction with limited training data” for his PhD. His interest in NLP allowed him to develop text-mining infrastructures from scratch at two technology startups and at the Mayo Clinic, and then at Northwestern University where he founded an NLP Lab. Most recently, Dr. Reddy served at Microsoft as Principal Applied Scientist. He is a patented inventor, sought-after industry speaker and published author with research featured in over 50 peer-reviewed publications and technical conferences.