Partner Researcher, Microsoft Research India
Adjunct Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Manik Varma is a researcher at Microsoft Research India. Manik received a bachelor's degree in Physics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi in 1997 and another one in Computation from the University of Oxford in 2000 on a Rhodes Scholarship. He then stayed on at Oxford on a University Scholarship and obtained a DPhil in Engineering in 2004. Before joining Microsoft Research, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Berkeley. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi in the Computer Science and Engineering Department since 2009 and jointly in the School of Information Technology since 2011. His research interests lie in the areas of machine learning, computational advertising and computer vision. He has served as an (senior) Area Chair for most of the premiere machine learning, artificial intelligence and computer vision conferences such as ACCV, CVPR, ICCV, ICML, ICVGIP and NeurIPS. He is also serving as an associate editor-in-Chief of the IEEE TPAMI journal. He has been awarded the Government of India's Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, been elected a Fellow of the Indian Academies of Science (IASc) and Engineering (INAE), awarded Microsoft Gold Star award and has won the PASCAL VOC Object Detection Challenge at ICCV 2009. Classifiers that he has developed are running live on millions of machines around the world protecting them from viruses and malware.