Industrial Partners Program (IPP) Seminar


"Microsoft Research India: The First Year"

P. Anandan, Managing Director, MSR India

Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at 4:00 P.M.

Room 368 (CIT 3rd Floor)

Microsoft's sixth worldwide research lab and the third one outside the US was set up in Bangalore, India on Jan 12, 2005. The lab has currently grown to a size of about 50 including full-time employees and student interns. The Lab currently works in six different research areas: Technology for Emerging Markets, Multilingual Systems, Digital Geographics, Hardware-Communication-and-Systems, Rigorous Software Engineering and Cryptography. Since the start the lab has been doing research and publishing in all these areas, and also developing prototypes of interesting and novel research ideas and technology solutions for real world problems. The group has a vigorous program for partnering with the Academic community in India and worldwide which focuses on research collaboration, research funding and support, and PhD pipeline development.

In this talk, Anandan will describe some of the key projects and research findings of the lab during its first year and also share stories of the process of setting and developing the lab.

About Dr. Anandan:

Dr P. Anandan is the Managing Director of Microsoft Research India. Microsoft Research India, which set up its operations in January 2005, conducts basic research in computing and engineering sciences relevant to Microsoft Corp.'s business and the global IT community, with a special focus on technology for emerging markets and underserved communities, multilanguage computing systems, software productivity, sensor networks, cryptography and geographical information systems.

Since June 1997, before being named managing director of Microsoft Research India, Anandan was a senior researcher at Microsoft Research headquarters in Redmond, Washington, where he built one of the world's strongest research teams in computer vision and video processing.

During that time, he also served as an ambassador for the Microsoft Research University Relations program in India. Through repeat visits to India's leading institutions of higher learning, Anandan helped develop strong relationships between Indian universities and Microsoft Research.

He has also represented Microsoft in meetings with the government of India to emphasize the company's commitment to research and development. Anandan continues Microsoft Research's ongoing relationships with the government and academic communities in his new role.

Before joining Microsoft, Anandan was an assistant professor of computer science for four years at Yale University, where he founded the computer vision group. Following this, he was a research manager at Sarnoff Corp. His group developed state-of-the-art video stabilization technology and systems for ground and airborne video surveillance. Over two decades, his research work has resulted in numerous patents, academic papers and recognition in the form of several awards in computer vision. During a research career that has spanned two decades, Anandan has done pioneering research in video motion analysis and is recognized for his fundamental contributions in the area of optical flow, motion estimation, video mosaicking and 3-D scene analysis.

Anandan holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He also attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where he received his master of science in computer science, and the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, where he earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering.

Anandan is a native of Chennai, India. His interests outside work include African drumming and the study of philosophy, especially philosophy of the mind.

Host: Michael Black