On November 4th, Dr. P Anandan, who is the distinguished scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research Outreach visited NTU with his colleagues, Dr. Tim Pan, Director of Microsoft Research Asia University Relations, and Dr. Winnie Cui, Senior Manager of Microsoft Research Asia University Relations for Singapore.
MSR colleagues visited the School of Computer Engineering (SCE) at NTU. During his distinguished talk “Inventing the Future at Microsoft”, Dr. Anandan shared the mission of Microsoft Research (MSR), a global organization with more than 1000 researchers and engineers in labs around the world. Dr. Anandan himself was the Managing Director for MSR India for many years. He said, MSR has contributed to nearly every product Microsoft has shipped, including Kinect for Xbox, Cortana, and other programs that help secure your data in the cloud. There are world-renowned scientists at the forefront of machine learning, computer vision, speech, and artificial intelligence, as well as Turing Award winners. Dr. Anandan also used Skype and speech recognition as examples to illustrate how MSR transfers innovative research and technologies to Microsoft’s products.
In addition to conducting the state-of-the-art research on computing science, MSR’s external collaborations include efforts in cross-disciplines such as preserving heritage with social scientists. Professor Andrea Nanetti from NTU’s School of Art, Design and Media is collaborating with MSR Asia in such area. During the roundtable with Dr. Anandan and MSR colleagues, Andrea and professors in SCE had a productive discussion on eHeritage and data science. The interdisciplinary team is ready to further leverage the cutting-edge computing technologies and carry forward their collaboration to the next level.
MSR colleagues also visited the LILY lab and reconnected with Prof. Chen Tsuhan, Dean of College of Engineering, who is also an old friend for MSR.