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Last modified: Friday, January 18, 2008

Microsoft executive to discuss the coming decade of technology during IU lecture

Jan. 18, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Rick Rashid, senior vice president of research for Microsoft Corp., will give a forward-looking talk entitled "10 Years into the Future" on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. in Jordan Hall, Room A100 on the Indiana University Bloomington campus.

His campus visit is by invitation of IU's School of Informatics, and the lecture is free and open to the public.

Rashid, who is charged with oversight of Microsoft Research's worldwide operations, says that by looking at technologies being developed in research labs today, you get insights into what opportunities technology will enable during the next 10 years.

"In this talk I will look at some exciting research technologies and their implications on the world in 2017," said Rashid.

Rashid joined Microsoft in 1991, responsible for managing work on key technologies leading to the development of Microsoft's interactive TV system and authoring a number of patents in areas such as data compression, networking and operating systems. He also was instrumental in creating the team that eventually became Microsoft's Digital Media Division, and directing Microsoft's first e-commerce group.

"We are privileged to host Rick Rashid, who probably holds the most influential position in computer science research in the nation," said Bobby Schnabel, dean, IU School of Informatics. "He is passionate about the role and future of computer science, and is an engaging speaker."

Rashid's earlier career as a well-known computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University included the design and implementation of several influential network operating systems, and the publishing of dozens of papers about computer vision, operating systems, programming languages for distributed processing, network protocols and communications security.

Rashid earned his Master of Science (1977) and doctoral (1980) degrees in computer science from the University of Rochester. He graduated with honors in mathematics and comparative literature from Stanford University in 1974.