1977 - B.Tech - Electrical Engineering Managing Director @ Microsoft Research, India
Dr. P. Anandan obtained his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering in 1977 from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, which presented him with a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2006.
Presently, Dr. Anandan is the Managing Director of Microsoft Research India. Microsoft Research India, which began operating in January 2005, conducts basic research in computing and engineering sciences relevant to Microsoft Corp.’s business and the global IT community, with a special focus on technology for emerging markets and underserved communities.
Dr. Anandan has done pioneering work in the area of video motion analysis and is recognized for his research on the computation of optical flow. From a computer scientist, Dr. Anandan transformed into a Manager and Leader par excellence in setting up Microsoft Research India and espousing the cause of research and innovation in India.
Since June 1997, Dr. Anandan was a senior researcher at Microsoft Research headquarters in Redmond, Washington, where he built one of the world’s strongest research teams in computer vision and video processing. During that time, he also served as an ambassador for the Microsoft Research University Relations program in India. Through repeat visits to India’s leading institutions of higher learning, Dr. Anandan helped develop strong relationships between Indian Universities and Microsoft Research. He has also represented Microsoft in meetings with the Government of India to emphasize the company’s commitment to research and development.
Before joining Microsoft, Dr. Anandan was an Asst. Professor of Computer Science for four years at Yale University, where he founded the computer vision group. Following this, he was a Research Manager at Sarnoff Corp. His group developed state-of-the-art video stabilization technology and systems for ground and airborne video surveillance. Over two decades, his research work has resulted in numerous patents, academic papers and recognition in the form of several awards in computer vision.
In recognition of his professional accomplishments and his outstanding contributions to the field of video motion analysis, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award on him.