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Kenji Takeda

Director of Azure Research, Microsoft
Dr Kenji Takeda is Solutions Architect and Technical Manager for Microsoft Research.

He is currently focused on Azure for Research, Azure Machine Learning and academic outreach in Europe, Middle East and Africa, working with researchers across disciplines to best understand the use of cloud computing to accelerate their research. This includes bringing together common patterns and practices across subjects as diverse as astronomy, bioinformatics, computer science, engineering, life sciences, medicine, and social science. He works with Microsoft's researchers to increase the impact of their work, including through technology transfers and business incubation projects.

Kenji has extensive experience in Cloud Computing, High Performance and High Productivity Computing, Data-intensive Science, Scientific Workflows, Scholarly Communication, Engineering and Educational Outreach. He also has research expertise in the areas of aerodynamics, aeroacoustics and flight simulation, and has published over 100 academic papers.

He has a passion for developing novel computational approaches to tackle fundamental and applied problems in science and engineering.

Kenji advises funding agencies and government bodies on policy and innovation. He is on the editorial board for the Journal of Open Research Software, and steering committees for major research consortia and international conferences.

Kenji is a visiting senior lecturer in Aeronautics at the University of Southampton, UK. He was previously Co-Director of the Microsoft Institute for High Performance Computing, and Senior Lecturer in Aeronautics, at the University of Southampton, UK. There he worked with leading high value manufacturing companies such as Airbus, AgustaWestland, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Formula One teams, to develop state-of-the-art capability for improving science and engineering processes.

He has been recipient of the following awards:

  • Royal Aeronautical Society Silver Award (2009)
  • Royal Academy of Engineering/ExxonMobil Gold Medal for Excellence in Engineering Teaching (2007)
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Education Innovation prize (2006)