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Vikram Dendi

Vikram Dendi
TECHNICAL & STRATEGY ADVISOR
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Vikram Dendi is the Strategy Director for Microsoft Research and acts as the Technical & Strategy Advisor to the Head of Microsoft Research. He is responsible for increasing the impact of MSR’s research investments and also currently oversees the teams supporting technology transfer, IP strategy and technical operations.

Vikram has been at Microsoft Research for five years and his prior responsibilities included helping transform research technologies like machine translation into high value developer and user experiences. He was responsible for shaping the product direction and business strategy for Microsoft’s translation platform, which is used by most major Microsoft products, including Bing, Office and Windows, as well as many partner products (Facebook, eBay, Twitter, etc.). Over the course of his tenure at Microsoft, he contributed to a number of other “new product” efforts in a variety of areas, including Maps, Location Based Services, Phone, and Emerging Markets.

Prior to Microsoft, he worked for Real Networks where he played a key role in establishing the company’s open source strategy and was responsible for designing, building, and shipping consumer products for the Mac and Linux platforms.

Vikram graduated with honors from California Institute of Technology and while an Entrepreneurial Fellow in a National Science Foundation sponsored program, he founded his first startup company in the area of tablet computing. Vikram's research interests include Computer Human Interaction, Social Computing, Intelligent Interfaces and Software Agents.

You can connect with him here and follow him @vikman.

Publications
What's New
Skype Translator Introduces Speech-to-Speech Translation in French and German
Today, Skype Translator introduces speech-to-speech translation for French and German. Skype Translator users can now make translated calls in near real time in 6 different languages: Chinese Mandarin, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Additionally, Skype Translator can be used to IM in all 50 languages supported by Microsoft Translator. If you have Windows 8 or above, you can download Skype Translator to try them out for yourself at www.skype.com/translator. Don't forget that you only need to have Skype Translator installed on your computer to make a call-- your friends and family can receive translated calls on almost any device running Skype. In the time since Skype Translator launched, it has connected people throughout the world and helped break down the communication barriers that separate us. In Latin America, the organization Pro Mujer uses Skype Translator to provide low income women in Latin America with vital financial, health, and human development services-- helping them to become financially independent, healthy, and leaders in their communities. In China, it has helped foreign nationals work and converse. Using speech recognition and text-to-speech technologies, Skype Translator has proved to not only bridge the language gap, but the accessibility gap as well. Our team has found that Skype Translator can be a new and powerful communication tool for the deaf and hard of hearing. Watch the video below to see how it has already been used by one of our colleagues in a very personal and meaningful way. To learn how to set up the accessibility features in Skype Translator, click on your preferred language below: Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) English French German Italian Spanish Read more about these updates on the Skype blog . Learn More about Skype Translator: Download Skype Translator preview at www.skype.com/translator Skype Translator videos The science behind Skype Translator
Translator Solutions in Action: MSN
  Team: MSN Solution: Translation Services The Intelligence, Communication, and Engineering (ICE) Content Team, which operates MSN, developed a feature to help improve user recirculation and click-through within the site. This feature searches the content of articles hosted on MSN and displays other related information to the viewer in a widget beside the original article. For instance, an article about finance might showcase information on related stock prices, or a food article might showcase cooking recipes. The feature was built using advanced neuro-linguistic programming, so completely new search models had to be created if the feature was going to be offered in languages other than English. Using the Translator API, ICE was able to expand this feature into French and German without the time or energy it would take to generate new language-specific models. The API works in the background by automatically translating international content into English, allowing the search to be run on the translated content rather than the original source language. Additional articles and content can then be showcased in the reader's preferred language. The translation service has been in production since October 2014. This has significantly improved the recirculation and click-through of French and German speaking visitors on the site. The related articles seen to the right of the main article on MSN are automatically searched and showcased using the Microsoft Translator API. Read more Translator Solutions in Action at www.aka.ms/TranslatorSolutionsInAction  
Introducing the Microsoft Translator Partner Alliance Program
We are excited to announce a new program which has been designed to help drive greater awareness and visibility for our partners and their solutions. Microsoft Translator has always relied on strong partnerships to drive innovation and meet customer needs. Program Levels The Translator Partner Alliance Program, has three levels of participation. Each level includes its own requirements and benefits. Key Benefits The program provides partners with the opportunity to include their logo and company listing on the Microsoft Translator partner page, along with varying levels of inclusion in other Translator marketing activities. Partners will all receive FREE Translator API service volume for development and test purposes and exclusive access to our Translator Partner Portal. Minimum Requirements Translator partners must meet the minimum requirements to be eligible for the program including: A current MPN membership; experience using the Translator API and adherence to Translator attribution guidelines. Interested? Please visit the Microsoft Translator Partner Alliance Program page for additional information: www.MicrosoftTranslator.com/PartnerProgram Check out our current Translator partners: www.MicrosoftTranslator.com/Partners Contact us with program questions or to receive an application.
Translator Solutions in Action: MSIT Enterprise Data Services
  Team: MSIT Enterprise Data Services Solution: Readiness, Customer Support In order to improve the automation of their partner incentive payments, the Enterprise Data Services team within Microsoft IT needed a way to quickly convert and standardize partner data profiles from virtually every country around the world in their local languages to Latin character sets. The Microsoft Translator API significantly increased the speed at which foreign language profile data could be converted, representing millions of dollars in partner incentive payments. For example, by using the Translator API over a 20-month period, MSIT was able to improve the integration of Japanese data from a baseline of 25% to over 67%.   Read more Translator Solutions in Action at www.aka.ms/TranslatorSolutionsInAction  
Skype Translator Open to All
Beginning today, we are making it even easier to use Skype Translator Preview by removing the sign-up requirement. The app is now available to all in the Microsoft Store. If you have Windows 8.1 or 10, you can just download the app and get started right away. Skype Translator allows you to translate your phone and video calls live between English and Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, and Spanish. If your language is not covered yet, no problem! You can also translate Skype instant messages across all 50 languages supported by Microsoft Translator. Only the caller needs to download the app. Once you have installed Skype Translator Preview on your Windows 8.1 or 10 PC or tablet, you can make translated calls or instant messages to almost any Skype client including Windows Desktop, Windows Phone, Xbox, iPhone and iPad, etc. Skype Translator has already proved to be a valuable communication tool around the world, letting people talk to one another across language barriers. In the video below, check out how Skype Translator has been used to assist the organization Pro Mujer provide low income women in Latin America with vital financial, health, and human development services-- helping them to become financially independent, healthy, and leaders in their communities. We are proud to support Pro Mujer's mission, and are overjoyed to see the effect that Skype Translator has already made in so many people's lives. Read more at the Skype Blog. Download Skype Translator Now Learn More about Skype Translator Skype Translator videos The science behind Skype Translator