Portrait of Lenin Ravindranath Sivalingam

Lenin Ravindranath Sivalingam

Researcher

About

I am a Researcher at Microsoft Research. I got my Ph.D. from MIT in 2014 [old webpage]. I am passionate about building new developer tools and end-user applications.

Current Projects: Torch, Lookout

Research + Product Impact:
2018 – HypeZone ships with Mixer, powered by Lookout.
2017 – Torch is shipping as part of CloudBuild.
2017 – Torch found several critical bugs in Azure, and is integrated into many services.
2017 – Embedded Social shipped with Windows Creators Update and Microsoft Academic Service.
2015 – Facebook’s mobile app monitoring was inspired by AppInsight deployed to all Android Facebook users.
2014 – VanarSena was briefly used by Windows Phone to find bugs in the OS.
2012 – Cambridge Mobile Telematics was founded on vTrack work. It is the fastest growing telematics service provider in the world deployed to millions of users.
2011 – TwitReviews had more than a million downloads.

Awards and Honors:
2018 – Individual Performance Award, Microsoft.
2017 – Grand Prize Winner, Microsoft One Week Hackathon.
2017 – Rockstar Award, Microsoft Research Redmond Lab.
(citation: for programmer productivity tools and techniques with broad applicability in mobile & distributed systems. Rockstar award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding engineering or research contributions to Microsoft and the external research community during the early part of her or his career.)
2017 – Exemplary Collaboration Award, Microsoft Research Redmond Lab.
2017 – Best Hack Project Award, Microsoft Redmond Science Fair.
2017 – Individual Performance Award, Microsoft.
2017 – Best Demo Award, ACM MobiSys.
2016 – Distinguished TPC member award, Infocom.
2015 – ACM SIGMOBILE Research Highlight (awarded to a small number of papers each year).
2015 – Microsoft LabOne (Bench/HiPo) Program (awarded to top 1% high performing employees across the entire company).
2011 – 2013 – Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship (given to 12 graduate students across several disciplines each year).
2011 – NSDI Best Paper Nominee.
2010 – Grand Prize Winner, Microsoft Windows 7 Gadget Competition. TwitReviews gadget was featured in the front page of Microsoft Gadgets website with over a million downloads.
2010 – Best Project Award, 6.864, MIT.
2009 – Best Paper Award, ACM SenSys.
2009 – Best Panelist Award, ACM S3.
2009 – Bank of America Award, BOA-MIT Mobile App Competition.
2008 – Cisco Graduate Fellowship.
2006 – Finalist, Code4Bill. Top 20 student technologists in India.
2006 – Gold Medal, Anna University (CEG) for top GPA across all disciplines.
2006 – Indian Prime Minister’s Guest of Honor at the Republic Day Parade.
2006 – TCS Best Student Award.
2005 – Selected for the MSR India Intern Program. (One of 8 undergraduates from India to intern at MSR, Redmond)
2005 – Annual day award for highest GPA.
2005 – 5th place, Asia Regional Finals, 30th ACM ICPC Programming Contest, India.
2004 – Alumni Association Award for highest GPA.
2004 – 2006 – Winner of several inter-college programming and project competitions.
2002 – Meritorious Student Award, Tamil Nadu Govt., for full score in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry in Higher Secondary Examination.

Other Activities:
2017 – Organizer, 1st Microsoft Redmond Research Lab Puzzle Hunt.
2016 – Honorable Mention, Microsoft Research Halloween Decoration Contest.
2015 – Winner, Microsoft Research Halloween Decoration Contest.
2015 – 2017 – Volunteer, Computing for All.
2008 – Organizer and Puzzle Master, 2nd Microsoft Research India Puzzle Hunt.
2007 – Organizer and Puzzle Master, 1st Microsoft Research India Puzzle Hunt.
2006 – President, Computer Society of Anna University.
2005 – Executive Member, ACM Chapter of Anna University.
2005 – Vice President, Computer Society of Anna University.
2002 – 2005 – Event organizer for several inter- and intra-college puzzle, project and programming events.

Projects

Publications

Videos

Other

Current Projects: Torch, Lookout

Research + Product Impact:
2018 – HypeZone for Fortnite, powered by Lookout, shipped with Mixer.
2018 – HypeZone for PUBG hits 1 million viewers.
2017 – HypeZone for PUBG, powered by Lookout, shipped with Mixer.
2017 – Torch is shipping as part of CloudBuild.
2017 – Torch found several critical bugs in Azure, and is integrated into many services.
2017 – Embedded Social shipped with Windows Creators Update and Microsoft Academic Service.
2015 – Facebook’s mobile app monitoring was inspired by AppInsight deployed to all Android Facebook users.
2014 – VanarSena was briefly used by Windows Phone to find bugs in the OS.
2012 – Cambridge Mobile Telematics was founded on vTrack work. It is the fastest growing telematics service provider in the world deployed to millions of users.
2011 – TwitReviews had more than a million downloads.

Awards and Honors:
2017 – Grand Prize Winner, Microsoft One Week Hackathon.
2017 – The Garage Favorite Award, Microsoft Redmond Science Fair.
2017 – Rockstar Award, Microsoft Research Redmond Lab.
(citation: for programmer productivity tools and techniques with broad applicability in mobile & distributed systems. Rockstar award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding engineering or research contributions to Microsoft and the external research community during the early part of her or his career.)
2017 – Exemplary Collaboration Award, Microsoft Research Redmond Lab.
2017 – Best Demo Award, ACM MobiSys.
2016 – Distinguished TPC member award, Infocom.
2015 – ACM SIGMOBILE Research Highlight (awarded to a small number of papers each year).
2015 – Microsoft LabOne (Bench/HiPo) Program (awarded to top 1% high performing employees across the entire company).
2011 – 2013 – Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship (given to 12 graduate students across several disciplines each year).
2011 – NSDI Best Paper Nominee.
2010 – Grand Prize Winner, Microsoft Windows 7 Gadget Competition. TwitReviews gadget was featured in the front page of Microsoft Gadgets website with over a million downloads.
2010 – Best Project Award, 6.864, MIT.
2009 – Best Paper Award, ACM SenSys.
2009 – Best Panelist Award, ACM S3.
2009 – Bank of America Award, BOA-MIT Mobile App Competition.
2008 – Cisco Graduate Fellowship.
2006 – Finalist, Code4Bill. Top 20 student technologists in India.
2006 – Gold Medal, Anna University (CEG) for top GPA across all disciplines.
2006 – Indian Prime Minister’s Guest of Honor at the Republic Day Parade.
2006 – TCS Best Student Award.
2005 – Selected for the MSR India Intern Program. (One of 8 undergraduates from India to intern at MSR, Redmond)
2005 – Annual day award for highest GPA.
2005 – 5th place, Asia Regional Finals, 30th ACM ICPC Programming Contest, India.
2004 – Alumni Association Award for highest GPA.
2004 – 2006 – Winner of several inter-college programming and project competitions.
2002 – Meritorious Student Award, Tamil Nadu Govt., for full score in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry in Higher Secondary Examination.

Other Activities:
2017 – Organizer, 1st Microsoft Redmond Research Lab Puzzle Hunt.
2016 – Honorable Mention, Microsoft Research Halloween Decoration Contest.
2015 – Winner, Microsoft Research Halloween Decoration Contest.
2015 – 2017 – Volunteer, Computing for All.
2008 – Organizer and Puzzle Master, 2nd Microsoft Research India Puzzle Hunt.
2007 – Organizer and Puzzle Master, 1st Microsoft Research India Puzzle Hunt.
2006 – President, Computer Society of Anna University.
2005 – Executive Member, ACM Chapter of Anna University.
2005 – Vice President, Computer Society of Anna University.
2002 – 2005 – Event organizer for several inter- and intra-college puzzle, project and programming events.