Ep48 Ranveer Chandra
In this episode of ACM ByteCast, Rashmi Mohan hosts 2022 ACM Fellow Ranveer Chandra, Managing Director for Research for Industry and CTO of Agri-Food at Microsoft. He also leads Microsoft’s Networking Research Group and has shipped multiple products over the years. He has authored more than 100 papers and patents and won numerous awards, including the Microsoft Gold Star award. He has been recognized by MIT Technology Review’s Top Innovators Under 35 and was most recently included in Newsweek magazine’s list of America’s 50 most Disruptive Innovators.
Ranveer shares his journey, from growing up in India, where he began to appreciate the agricultural industry during the summers he spent with his grandparents, to his PhD thesis on VirtualWifi, which uses TV white spaces to bring internet connectivity to homes without WiFi. He explains how his experience interviewing farmers inspired him to work on technology that takes some of the guesswork out of their work using data and AI, and to come up with solutions that help the agriculture industry become more productive, profitable, and climate friendly. Ranveer talks about the phases of product development for his team at Microsoft. He also offers some insights on how recent breakthroughs in AI, such as generative models, can help farmers in countries like India, and shares what he’s most excited about in the application of AI to agriculture and the food ecosystem.