Director of Academic Health and AI Partnerships for Microsoft Research Outreach
Dr Kenji Takeda is Director of Academic Health and AI Partnerships at Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK. He is working to empower researchers to develop and deploy human-centric AI and machine learning, particularly to transform healthcare by exploiting data in the cloud, empowering those at the frontline of healthcare, and moving towards precision medicine. This includes medical imaging with Project InnerEye and working with the global healthcare data research community.
He regularly advises funding agencies and research organisations on innovation and technology strategy, including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Science and Technology Funding Council, Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust and Health Data Research UK. He is a visiting industry fellow at the Alan Turing Institute and visiting fellow at the University of Southampton, UK.
He was previously global lead for Microsoft’s Azure for Research program, helping researchers take best advantage of cloud computing, including through data science, high-performance computing, and the internet of things.
He spent over 20 years in academia as Associate Professor of Aeronautics and has a passion for developing novel computational and system-wide approaches to tackle fundamental and applied problems in science, engineering, and healthcare. He has extensive experience in cloud computing, high performance and high productivity computing, and engineering (aeronautics and astronautics, aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, and flight simulation).
He has received numerous awards, including the inaugural Royal Academy of Engineering Innovation prize, Royal Aeronautical Society Silver Award, and the Royal Academy of Engineering/ExxonMobil Gold medal for excellence in university engineering learning and teaching.
He worked for many years as a freelance computer journalist with ZDNet, GameSpot, Computer Gaming World, and PC Pilot.