Microsoft veteran Craig Mundie visits IIIT-D, talks about future technology

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Mr. Craig Mundie, Senior Advisor to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, visited the Delhi government-created information technology institute IIIT-D and delivered a talk on how computing technology will continue to shape our future.

“The technology revolution has already done a lot, and will bring more radical changes in future,” he said as students and faculty members of the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology-Delhi (IIIT-D) heard him in rapt attention at a packed conference hall.

Mr. Mundie, who joined Microsoft in 1992, said that natural interactions between people and computers will become more and more important in the years to come, adding that the “new era of computing will transform how we live, work and play.”

Before his talk, Mr. Mundie had an hour-long discussion with the institute’s Director Prof Pankaj Jalote and over 20 other faculty members.

“It was a great pleasure to meet him (Mr. Mundie) and discuss some innovative future research directions,” Dr Pushpendra Singh, Assistant Professor (Mobile & Ubiquitous Computing) at IIIT-D, said after the Microsoft veteran’s interaction with the faculty members.

Anush Sankaran, a PhD scholar who attended the talk delivered by Mr. Mundie, said that it was a highly impressive session during which he learnt a great deal about future technologies being developed by Microsoft.

“During the question-answer round, Mr. Mundie spoke of his pet project for the past 10 years, which is about building quantum computing aimed at processing a huge amount of data to make complex inferences,” said Anush. Mr. Mundie’s talk, which lasted for over an hour, was attended by more than 150 students and faculty members of the institute.

As Senior Advisor to the CEO of Microsoft Corp., Mr. Mundie works on key strategic projects within the company, as well as with government and business leaders around the world on technology strategy, policy, and regulation.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Mundie served as Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, where he oversaw Microsoft Research, one of the world's largest computer-science research organizations, and was responsible for Microsoft's long-term technology strategy, directing a number of technology incubations.

In April 2009, Mr. Mundie was named by US President Barack Obama as a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.