Portrait of Rico Malvar

Rico Malvar

Distinguished Engineer


Henrique (Rico) Malvar leads the Microsoft Research Enable group, which aims to empower people living with disabilities. Previously, Rico’s roles were  Chief Scientist for Microsoft Research, Managing Director of Microsoft Research Redmond, and Partner Researcher and founder and manager of the Communications, Collaboration, and Signal Processing group at Microsoft Research.

Rico is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, and a recipient of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award.

Before coming to Microsoft in 1997, Rico was Vice President of Research and Advanced Technology at PictureTel (later acquired by Polycom). Prior to that, he headed the Digital Signal Processing research group at Universidade de Brasília, Brazil.  He received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT, under the advice of Prof. David Staelin, in 1986, a M.Sc. in…