Q and A – Session 1


February 13, 2015


Jennifer Chayes, P. Anandan, Rico Malvar, Sriram Rajamani, Christopher Bishop, Victor Bahl, Raj Reddy, Ed Lazowska, and Chandu Thekkath


Microsoft, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Washington



Jennifer Chayes, P. Anandan, Rico Malvar, Sriram Rajamani, Christopher Bishop, Victor Bahl, Raj Reddy, Ed Lazowska, and Chandu Thekkath

Jennifer Tour Chayes is Managing Director of Microsoft Research New York City as well as the Microsoft Research New England lab in Cambridge. Before this, she was research area manager for Mathematics, Theoretical Computer Science and Cryptography at Microsoft Research Redmond. Chayes joined Microsoft Research in 1997, when she co-founded the Theory Group. Her research areas include phase transitions in discrete mathematics and computer science, structural and dynamical properties of self-engineered networks, and algorithmic game theory. She is the co-author of almost 100 scientific papers and the co-inventor of more than 20 patents.

A star cast of MSR staff including David Bargeron, Antonio Criminisi, Steve Harris, Chuck Jacobs, Nebojsa Jojic, Sing Bing Kang, David Salesin, Andreas Soupliotis, Rick Szeliski, Kentaro Toyama, and Matt Uyttendaele will show some amazing stuff with P. Anandan acting as the MC.

Henrique (Rico) Malvar is a Microsoft Distinguished Engineer and the Chief Scientist for Microsoft Research. He was born and raised in Brazil. Before moving to industry in 1994, he was a professor of electrical engineering at University of Brasília, Brazil. When he joined Microsoft in 1997, Rico started a signal processing group, which developed new technologies such as new media compression formats used in Windows, Xbox, and Office, microphone array processing technologies used in Windows, Tablet PCs, and Xbox Kinect, as well as machine learning technologies for music identification in Windows Media, junk mail filtering in Exchange, and others. The group also developed the first prototype of the RoundTable videoconferencing device. Rico was a key architect for the several media compression formats, such as WMA and HD Photo/JPEG XR, and made key contributions to the popular video format H.264, used by YouTube, Netflix, Adobe Flash, digital TV, and many other applications. Rico received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. His technical interests include multimedia signal compression and enhancement, fast algorithms, multi-rate filter banks, and multi-resolution and wavelet transforms. He has over 160 publications and over 115 issued patents in those areas. He received the Young Scientist Award from the Marconi International Fellowship in 1981, was elected to Fellow of the IEEE in 1997, received the Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 2002, and was elected a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2012. http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/people/malvar

I am Assistant Managing Director of Microsoft Research India, and “area champion” for two research areas in Microsoft Research India: (1) Programming Languages and Tools, (2) Security and Privacy

I am broadly interested in programming languages and tools to improve software productivity. Specific current research interests include: building new programming tools by combining verification, testing, and statistics, designing new programming models for concurrent and distributed systems, and designing programming languages and analysis techniques to enable widespread use of machine learning by non-experts.

I moved to MSR India towards the end of 2005. Prior to moving to MSR India, I was manager for the Software Productivity Tools (SPT) group at MSR Redmond. SPT was a truly remarkable set of people.

Chris is a Distinguished Scientist in MSR Cambridge who leads the Machine Learning and Perception group. He is the author of two widely-adopted text books: Neural Networks for Pattern Recognition (Oxford University Press, 1995) and Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (Springer, 2006).

Raj Reddy is the Moza Bint Nasser University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He is one of the early pioneers of Artificial Intelligence, has served on the faculty of Stanford and Carnegie Mellon University for over 40 years and was the Founding Director of the Robotics Institute at CMU. Dr. Reddy received the ACM Turing Award in 1994 for his contributions to Artificial Intelligence. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by President Mitterrand of France in 1984 and the Padma Bhushan by the President of India in 2001. He was awarded the Okawa Prize in 2004, the Honda Prize in 2005, and the Vannevar Bush Award in 2006. He served as co-chair of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1999 to 2001. He has been awarded eleven honorary doctorates (Doctor Honoris Causa) including Universities of Henri-Poincare, New South Wales, Massachusetts, Warwick, and HKUST.

Ed Lazowska holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. He also serves as the Founding Director of the University of Washington eScience Institute, and was the Founding Chair of the Computing Community Consortium.

Lazowska received his A.B. from Brown University in 1972 and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1977, when he joined the University of Washington faculty.