Ananya Poddar is a Cognitive Software Engineer in the Healthcare and Life Sciences department at IBM T.J Watson Research Center, New York. She joined the original Watson Research Team in 2016, after the team shifted its research focus toward the healthcare domain. Her main research interests include natural language processing (NLP), information retrieval and machine learning. In 2015, Ananya received her M.S. in Computer Science, with a specialization in NLP from Columbia University, New York. Prior to joining IBM, Ananya was an active contributor to an open-source distributed knowledge base GNOWSYS, as a part of her work at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai.