P. Anandan

Shri P. Anandan is the CEO of a new private not-for-profit institute doing AI research aimed at social good based in India – the Wadhwani Institute of Artificial Intelligence. This is a philanthropic initiative of Mr. Romesh Wadhwani and Mr. Sunil Wadhwani. He was Vice President for Research at Adobe, responsible for developing research strategy for Adobe, especially in the Digital Marketing area and Leading Adobe India Research lab; Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director at Microsoft as Worldwide head of Microsoft Research Outreach. The team wa responsible for building strategic collaborations and other engagements with Academia, Government and Societal organizations worldwide. As Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director at Microsoft he was Initiator, Founder and Director of Microsoft India Research Lab. He was also Principal Researcher and Head of the Interactive Visual Media Research group, Senior Member of Technical Staff and Group Manager at Sarnoff Corporation, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, responsible for teaching and Research in the area of Artificial Intelligence The Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence (WIAI) has been established with the vision: to harness the power of Artificial Intelligence to address societal challenges in order to empower underserved communities to achieve better living. WIAI is a philanthropic effort of its founders, Dr. Romesh Wadhwani and Mr. Sunil Wadhwani. It is being set up as an independent not-for-profit Institute with the goal to conduct AI research applied towards key societal challenges. In addition, the institute aims to become a primary hub, and a pioneer, in the area of R&D in AI for Social Good. This will also help build the ecosystem and bring together the community including academia and research organizations from worldwide, as well as the Government, NGOs, industry and startups.

Delhi, India