Dr. Laura Wynter is the Director of the IBM Research Collaboratory in Singapore and a Research Scientist at the Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, specializing in network optimization, with a particular focus on telecommunications and transportation applications. Laura has degrees from MIT and the Ecole des Ponts (Paris, France). Prior to joining IBM Research she held a joint position at the Universite de Versailles, France and at INRIA (Rocquencourt, France). Her areas of expertise involve the use of optmization, equilibrium modeling and statistics-based methods for enabling effective real-time decision making for planning as well as in operational environments. Topics of recent work include traffic prediction, traffic state estimation, and optimization and control for real-time traffic management. Her work spans the full lifecycle of a research solution from the definition of the research problem and its characterization, to the development of effective algorithms, to collaborations with the IBM software division culminating in the creation of commercial software products from the models and algorithms developed.