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Kenji Takeda

Director, Azure for Research


Dr Kenji Takeda is Director of the Microsoft Azure for Research program. He has extensive experience in Cloud Computing, Data Science, 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.

Kenji is a visiting industry fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, and visiting senior lecturer at the University of Southampton.

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.


Code Hunt Contests

Cambridge Code Hunt Contest 2016 Date: 6 July 2016 Time: 17:30-19:30 Run by: Kenji Takeda, Judith Bishop (MSR) and Nigel Horspool (University of Victoria). Thanks for additional puzzles to: Rhodes Brown, University of Victoria, Canada Henning Dieterichs, University of Karlsruhe, Germany Adam Zychowski, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland Official Rules  Code Hunt Cambridge - Official Rules Start playing at  http://aka.ms/cambridge2016 Prizes: 1st place: Xbox One and Fitzbillies cake 2nd place: Xbox One 3rd places: 3 x…

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. RedList assessments and bottom-up conservation mapping   The Conservation Mapping Tool allows web based, collaborative, mapping and assessment of species, threats to species and conservation interventions.   It is hoped that the tool will  transform the…

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 Altai project. The Altai project then evolved into the Modelling Environment project, the 4th generation of modelling environment being developed by the group (coming soon...). Platform and Computational Experiment for Smith et al. (2015) "Inferred…

F# at Microsoft Research

Established: October 22, 2012

F# is a succinct, expressive, and efficient functional and object-oriented language for Microsoft .NET that helps you write simple code to solve complex problems. These pages are the historical home of F# at Microsoft Research. For the latest information on F# today, see the links to the right. F# brings you type safe, succinct, efficient, and expressive functional programming language. This simple and pragmatic language has particular strengths in data-oriented programming, parallel I/O programming, parallel…

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 growing trend in both the theory and practice of programming is the interaction with rich information spaces. This trend derives from the ever-increasing need to integrate programming with large, heterogeneous, connected, richly structured, streaming, evolving, or probabilistic information sources—be they…


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 inside any program. Get environmental information in four easy steps FetchClimate provides ready access to complex geographical information including, but not limited to, climatological information. On accessing the FetchClimate Azure web service, you simply need…

KinectFusion Project Page

Established: August 9, 2011

This project investigates techniques to track the 6DOF position of handheld depth sensing cameras, such as Kinect, as they move through space and perform high quality 3D surface reconstructions for interaction. Other collaborators (missing from the list below): Richard Newcombe (Imperial College London); David Kim (Newcastle University & Microsoft Research); Andy Davison (Imperial College London)    

InnerEye – Medical Imaging AI to Empower Clinicians

Established: October 7, 2008

InnerEye is a research project that uses state of the art artificial intelligence to build innovative image analysis tools to help doctors treat diseases such as cancer in a more targeted and effective way. "...We are pursuing AI so that we can empower every person and every institution that people build with tools of AI so that they can go on to solve the most pressing problems of our society and our economy. That’s the…












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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

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What Is a Data Scientist?


October 9, 2012


Kenji Takeda and Liz Lyon


University of Bath, UK; Microsoft Research Connections

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Panel: Cloud Computing—What Do Researchers Want?


October 8, 2012


Dennis Gannon, Fabrizio Gagliardi, Marty Humphrey, and Paul Watson


Microsoft Research, University of Virginia, Microsoft Research Connections, Newcastle University

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Software for Science


December 6, 2011


Alex Szalay, Greg McInerny, Jeremy Frey, and Kenji Takeda


Microsoft Research Cambridge, University of Southampton, John Hopkins

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Enabling Scientific Discovery


October 12, 2010


Jane Hunter, Cecilia Aragon, and Kenji Takeda


The University of Queensland, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of Southampton



June 2013

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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).