Portrait of Manik Varma

Manik Varma

Principal Researcher


I am a researcher at Microsoft Research India and an adjunct professor of computer science at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. My research interests lie in the areas of machine learning, computational advertising and computer vision. I have served as an area chair for machine learning and computer vision conferences such as ACCV, CVPR, ICCV, ICML, ICVGIP, IJCAI and NIPS. Classifiers that I have designed are running live on millions of devices around the world protecting them from viruses and malware. I have been awarded the Microsoft Gold Star award and won the PASCAL VOC Object Detection Challenge. I am also a physicist (BSc St. Stephen's College, David Raja Ram Prize), theoretician (BA Oxford, Rhodes Scholar), engineer (DPhil Oxford, University Scholar) and mathematician (MSRI Berkeley, Post-doctoral Fellow).

I am interested in the following research areas:

Machine learning: Extreme classification, recommender systems, multi-label learning, supervised learning. Computer vision:…