Friday, September 19, 2008

P. Anandan

"The best question to start with is 'why I am a researcher and why I believe in it so passionately.' I want intellectual freedom and it satisfies my intellectual curiosity."

Dr P. Anandan, MD, MSR India

September 19, 1 pm


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P. Anandan is the managing director of Microsoft Research India. Microsoft Research India, which began operating 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, digital geographics, mobility and networks, multilingual systems, rigorous software engineering, cryptography and security, applied mathematics, and algorithms research.

Since June 1997, before being named managing director of Microsoft Research India, Anandan was a senior researcher at Microsoft Research headquarters in Redmond, Wash., 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, which presented him with a Distinguished Alumni award in 2006. He also attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where he received his master of science in computer science, and the Indian Institute of Technology 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.
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Microsoft Research India

Overview

January 2008

Microsoft Research India, formally inaugurated Jan. 12, 2005, is Microsoft Corp.’s third basic research facility to be established outside the United States. The India lab, located in Bangalore, joins Microsoft’s Redmond, Wash.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; Cambridge, England; and Beijing labs in bringing together great minds to build a world-class global research organization with more than 800 scientists on staff. The mission of Microsoft Research India spans several objectives: to conduct long-term research in both basic and applied areas; collaborate with Indian research institutions and universities as part of Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to accelerating innovation in computer science and software engineering; and engage with partners in industry, academia and government to open new opportunities for economic growth and consumer choice. Microsoft Research India also seeks to attract the most talented researchers in the field of computing and become one of the best computer science laboratories in the world.

Microsoft Research Lab India Private Ltd. will continue to expand its research team and operations in 2008. The group will pursue an ambitious research agenda built around seven core areas that are central to Microsoft’s long-term vision and strategy:

* The Algorithms Research Group was formed in December 2007. It will focus on 21st century algorithms, which seek to address the new demands in today’s environment of computing with massive data. Besides the traditional topics in algorithms, areas such as streaming algorithms, directed data sampling, machine learning, approximation algorithms, and integration of numerical and combinatorial method are expected to play an important role in the years to come. The goal of this new group is to be at the forefront of conceptual breakthroughs in these areas.
* The Cryptography, Security and Applied Mathematics research group focuses on research in the areas of cryptography, security, applied mathematics and multimedia security. Some of the key problem areas the group addresses include cryptanalysis, cryptographic protocol and cryptographic primitives. The group also studies various aspects of security related to computer systems as well as for mobile devices.
* The Digital Geographics group does research in the representation, analysis and visualization of digitized geographic information. Research in this group combines work from relevant fields of computer science, such as GIS, graphics, user interfaces, spatial databases, image processing and computer vision.



* The Mobility, Networks and Systems group conducts research in networking and systems across areas such as Internet-scale systems, distributed systems, network protocols, wireless networking, mobile computing and sensor systems. It seeks to advance the state of the art in these areas through measurement, design and prototyping of real-world and experimental networked systems.
* The Multilingual Systems group focuses on research that develops true natural-language-neutral approaches in all aspects of linguistic computing and on fostering and participating in a healthy research ecosystem in Indian languages computational linguistics.
* The Rigorous Software Engineering group studies software engineering issues in developing large scale software systems to come up with new tools, languages and methodologies that dramatically increase the productivity of software development. The group focuses on code understanding, configuration tools and design tools.
* The Technology for Emerging Markets group combines technical and social science research to address the needs of the people of emerging economies. This group seeks to address both those who are increasingly consuming more technology services and products, as well as those for whom computing technology remains out of reach.



TechVista

TechVista, Microsoft Research India’s flagship symposium, brings together the best minds from the scientific and academic worlds. TechVista features some of the people whose work has defined new directions in computing, and provides an opportunity for the research community, government and students to interact and exchange ideas on research and its future directions. The symposium has already featured some world-renowned scientists and academicians, including Turing award winners.

Microsoft Research External Research and Programs in India

Through External Research and Programs in India, which Microsoft initiated in 1991, Microsoft Research India is committed to partnering with academics in the region to advance the state of the art in computer science education and research. A number of programs are already underway to support basic research of local academia and foster alliances with universities in India and the international academic community. Programs include the following:

* MSR India Summer Schools provide participants with intense and in-depth exposure to the latest developments in specific areas of computer science research. Held yearly, the summer schools consist of workshops and lectures conducted by leading global experts in the field. Participants in the summer schools are usually a mix of students, faculty, government and industry representatives.
* Microsoft Research India Internship Program gives undergraduate and graduate students from India and abroad the opportunity to work alongside renowned researchers at Microsoft Research India.
* The MSR India Ph.D. Fellowship Program provides funding to support students who are pursuing doctorates in a technology-related field at one of India’s science and technology institutes. The fellowships are administered and dispersed by each university over a four-year period. In addition, recipients of the fellowships receive a travel grant to attend international conferences and seminars, as well as a laptop computer.



Microsoft Research India Leadership Team

Microsoft Research India’s managing director, P. Anandan, is internationally renowned for his research in computer vision and video analysis. Now in his 10th year with Microsoft, Anandan previously held the position of senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond and has served as an ambassador for External Research and Programs in India for several years. His assistant managing director is Kentaro Toyama, a widely respected researcher in computer vision, multimedia and geographic information systems. Toyama, who joined Microsoft Research in 1997, also leads the Emerging Markets Group within Microsoft Research India.
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TechVista Chennai 2008

"Computing and Technology- Shaping the Future"

TechVista, Microsoft Research (MSR) India's annual research symposium, features some of the best recognized scientists from across the world as speakers. TechVista brings together the research community, academia and government onto a common platform. Previous editions of TechVista include Turing award winners Dr. Butler Lampson, Dr. Raj Reddy and Sir Tony Hoare, and technical Academy award winners Dr. Ken Perlin and Dr. Michael Kass, in addition to world renowned scientists like Prof. Maria Klawe, Prof. Takeo Kanade and well known Indian scientists like Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala.

TechVista highlights the impact research has had in various fields and demonstrates the benefits and rewards of taking up research as a career, in addition to bringing the latest developments in various research areas to the audience through the speakers. TechVista has rapidly grown from an audience of 250 people in 2005 to more than 1000 participants in the October 2007 edition, a testament to the value participants see in the symposium.

TechVista 2008 will be held at Chennai on October 1, 2008. The theme for TechVista, Chennai, October 1, 2008 will be "Computing and Technology- Shaping the Future". The following distinguished speakers will address the participants:

* Prof. John Hopcroft, IBM Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics in Computer Science at Cornell University. Prof. Hopcroft has also been honored with the A.M. Turing Award



* Prof. Shafi Goldwasser, RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and of computer science and applied mathematics at Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel



* Prof. Shree Nayar, T. C. Chang Chaired Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University



* Dr. Rick Rashid, Senior Vice President, Microsoft Research



* Dr. Rick Szeliski, Group Lead, Interactive Visual Media Group, Microsoft Research



* Dr. Vijay Chandru, Chairman, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Strand Life Sciences
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