I’m an Applied Scientist at Microsoft, where I own the Smart-Reply Microsoft Research (MSR) project, that saves ~294,000 hours/year by predicting accurate solutions to human queries leading to ~$3.6 Million cost savings/year. I have a Masters in Computer Science from Columbia University and a Bachelors in Computer Science from IIT Guwahati (one of the old-7 IITs).

Few months after graduating from Columbia University in 2019, I realized my desire to pursue a PhD and enter academia. So, I worked with Prof. Smaranda Muresan, and Prof. Ching-Yung Lin after work-hours to create a strong candidature for a good PhD program. I also did independent research and published in venues hosted at LREC, NeurIPS, and ACM Multimedia. Later, following the advice of some very helpful faculties, I focussed on a single first author independent paper in a *CL main conference after work-hours.

2022: Formal Mentor for a Microsoft Research (MSR) JEM NLP PhD Summer Intern
2021: Invited talk at NIST - TRECVid for my work on long form datsets - multi-modal semantic inference
2021: Ranked #1 in ACM Grand Challenge on Multimodal Semantic Understanding in long-form datasets
2020: Three peer-reviewed research papers published with external collaboration
2019: Honored as Class Marshal: Columbia Class of ‘19 for “demonstrating achievement in academics”.
2018: Featured in Uber AI’s blog for going above and beyond.
2015: Hour-long session with Director of Research, Google : Peter Norvig; “Limitations of Deep Learning”

Hobbies: I am a Violinist, Pianist, Portraitist, run Half-Marathons, dance Salsa, and solve Rubik’s Cube.
Discipline: Workout 4 days/week since past two years; hold orange-belt in Shito-Ryu-Genbu-Kai Karate.
Banking: Was a macro delta wall-street banker earlier - with each trade ranging between $5MM-$50MM.

Highlight Paper:

Sarioglu Kayi, Efsun *, Anand, Vishal *, and Muresan, Smaranda
LREC, Marseille, France, 2020

Highlight Demo:

Sarioglu Kayi, Efsun *, Anand, Vishal *, and Muresan, Smaranda
LREC, Marseille, France, 2020


Vishal Anand
2690 152nd Ave NE, Unit 413 (Google Maps)
Redmond, WA 98052-5791