Ashok Chandra

Ashok ChandraGeneral Manager
Internet Services Research Center (ISRC), Incubations

Dr. Ashok Chandra is General Manager of ISRC Incubations in Microsoft Research in Mountain View, CA. Earlier, as director IBM’s Almaden Research Center, Computer Science, he managed a world class team of about two hundred researchers who made major advances in CS theory, databases, multimedia and user interfaces; and also built major products for IBM, including the new database system (DB2 UDB), the Trackpoint device in IBM’s Thinkpad laptops, and storage management products. He also established a major center in Human Computer Interaction at Almaden. Between IBM and his current job, he was the Sr. V.P. for R&D at Verity, with responsibility for all products, and was responsible for starting a research division. He also served as CEO of a startup in software lifecycle management.

His personal research career spans many areas in Computer Science where he has made seminal contributions spanning over 60 published papers, including the invention of Alternation (in complexity theory), Computable Queries and Conjunctive Queries (in database research), self-testing chips that check themselves, the use of symbolic execution to find design flaws in processor designs, and more. Ashok is an IEEE fellow. He founded the Bay Area Research Directors council (BARD) of CTOs and Research Directors of top Silicon Valley companies. He served as chairman of numerous IEEE and ACM conferences, and founded the IEEE LICS conference. And, he was influential in setting up IBM’s Research Center at IIT Delhi in 1998. More recently, he has founded ICORE to help raise the level of research in India. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University, an MS from U.C. Berkeley, and a B. Tech. from IIT Kanpur in India, where he was awarded the prestigious President’s Gold Medal, and subsequently, the Distinguished Alumni Award.

He has a wife and two children, enjoys hiking, skiing, tennis, table tennis, bridge, and visiting new locations.