Portrait of Kenji Takeda

Kenji Takeda

Solutions Architect and Technical Manager


Dr Kenji Takeda is a Solutions Architect and Technical Manager for Microsoft Research. He is currently focused on Azure for Research, Azure Machine Learning and academic outreach in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

He has extensive experience in Cloud Computing, High Performance and High Productivity Computing, Data-intensive Science, Scientific Workflows, Scholarly Communication, Engineering and Educational Outreach. He has a passion for developing novel computational approaches to tackle fundamental and applied problems in science and engineering.

He was previously Co-Director of the Microsoft Institute for High Performance Computing, and Senior Lecturer in Aeronautics, at the University of Southampton, UK. There he worked with leading high value manufacturing companies such as Airbus, AgustaWestland, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Formula One teams, to develop state-of-the-art capability for improving science and engineering processes. He also worked in the areas of aerodynamics, aeroacoustics and flight simulation.


Conservation Mapping

Established: July 9, 2014

Microsoft research developed a tool in collaboration with IUCN, SSC and UAL, to allow the rapid mapping and assessment of species, threats to species and conservation interventions. it is hoped that this tool will improve bottom up conservation monitoring.

Distribution Modeller

Established: February 27, 2013

Since its inception, the Computational Science group has undertaken research and development into new modelling platforms for computational science. The CEESDM project detailed here evolved from the Computational Science Studio project (mentioned in this article) and then evolved into the…

Try F#

Established: September 24, 2012

Try F# demonstrates the power of F# to solve real-world analytical programming and information-rich problems by providing a web experience to help you learn the F# language, create programs, and share information—quickly and easily. A…


Established: October 27, 2011

FetchClimate is a fast, free, intelligent environmental information retrieval service that operates over the cloud to return only the environmental data you need. FetchClimate can be accessed either through a simple web interface or via a few lines of code…









Communities in the Cloud Link description

Communities in the Cloud


May 1, 2014


Kenji Takeda, Steven Roberts, Evelyne Viegas, Tanya Berger-Wolf, and Chaitan Baru


Microsoft, University of Washington, U of Illinois, San Diego Supercomputer Center


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).