Portrait of Kenji Takeda

Kenji Takeda

Director, Health and AI Partnerships (Academic)


Dr Kenji Takeda is Director of Health and AI Partnerships (Academic) for Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK. He is working to empower academic researchers to develop and deploy human-centric AI and machine learning to transform healthcare by exploiting data in the cloud, empowering those at the frontline of healthcare, and moving towards precision medicine. This includes work in medical imaging on Project InnerEye and working with the global healthcare data research community. He regularly advises funding agencies and research organisations on innovation and technology strategy. He is a visiting industry fellow at the Alan Turing Institute and visiting associate professor at the University of Southampton, UK.

He was previously global lead for Microsoft’s Azure for Research program, helping researchers take best advantage of cloud computing, including through data science, high-performance computing, and the internet of things.

He has a passion for developing novel computational and system-wide approaches to tackle fundamental and applied problems in science, engineering, and healthcare. He has extensive experience in aeronautics and astronautics, aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, flight simulation, cloud computing, high performance and high productivity computing, data science, scientific workflows, scholarly communication, engineering and educational outreach.

He has received numerous awards, including Royal Aeronautical Society Silver Award, Royal Academy of Engineering/ExxonMobil Gold medal for excellence in engineering teaching, and inaugural Royal Academy of Engineering Innovation prize.






Kenji is a visiting senior lecturer in Aeronautics at the University of Southampton.

He has been recipient of the following awards:

  • Royal Aeronautical Society Silver Award (2009)
  • Royal Academy of Engineering/ExxonMobil Gold Medal for Excellence in Engineering Teaching (2007)
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Education Innovation prize (2006).