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Kenji Takeda

Director, Academic Health and AI Partnerships


Dr Kenji Takeda is Director of Academic Health and AI Partnerships for Microsoft Research Outreach, and is based in Cambridge, UK. He is working to empower 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 coordinates Microsoft’s Studies in Pandemic Preparedness collaborative research program that brought together leading researchers from academia and Microsoft to to help address the current situation and better prepare for future pandemics. He regularly advises funding agencies and research organisations on innovation and technology strategy. He currently serves on the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) Translational Research Group and Data Science Strategy Advisory Group. He is a visiting industry fellow at the Alan Turing Institute and visiting fellow at the University of Southampton, UK.

He was a member of the Microsoft Global Hackathon 2021 Executive Challenge winning team and Health Data Research UK Team of the Year in 2020.

He was previously global lead for Microsoft’s Azure for Research program, empowering researchers to 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 cloud computing, high performance and high productivity computing, and engineering (aeronautics and astronautics, aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, and flight simulation).

Prior to joining Microsoft, he was tenured Associate Professor for Aeronautics at the University of Southampton, UK, where he co-founded the Microsoft Institute for High Performance Computing and Airbus Noise Technology Centre. He has received numerous awards, including the 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.

He worked for many years as a freelance computer journalist with ZDNet, GameSpot, Computer Gaming World, and PC Pilot.