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Vishnu Navda

Principal Applied Science Manager
Content Services - WebXT

About

I lead a mobile incubation team in the Content Services organization, building engaging consumer facing experiences leveraging large-scale data, natural language and computer vision models. Earlier, I worked as a researcher in the area of Mobile Systems and Wireless Networking at Microsoft Research India.  I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Stony Brook University.

Some of the products my team built and shipped include Bing Snapshots and Visual Search on Bing & Edge Mobile. In 2020, during the pandemic, we released Microsoft Math Solver a mobile experience providing assistance to students and parents at home with ability to scan or ink any math problem. Leveraging transformer based CNN models, image queries are digitized to math expressions and then step-by-step solutions are generated along with links to relevant online video lectures and worksheets related to the problem. In over a year, the experience on the mobile and web has over 3M active global users. We are bringing these learnings from mobile to Windows PC users natively in Edge browser and in Teams as an extension.

Recently, my team is working on building a compelling mobile shopping experience for Microsoft users by bringing convenience to both in store and online shopping journeys while providing savings through personalized coupons and cashback from product manufacturers, CPGs and retailers.