Microsoft Distinguished Engineer and the Chief Scientist for Microsoft Research
Rico Malvar is a Microsoft Distinguished Engineer and the Chief Scientist for Microsoft Research. He joined Microsoft Research in 1997, founding the signal processing group, which developed new technologies such as new media compression formats used in Windows, Xbox, and Office, and audio technologies used in Windows, Xbox, Kinect, and HoloLens. Currently he also heads the MSR Enable group, which develops technologies for people with disabilities. Rico was a key architect for the WMA and JPEG XR formats, and made key contributions to the H.264 video format (used by Netflix, YouTube, etc.). Prior to Microsoft, Rico was Vice President for Research at PictureTel Corp. Rico received a Ph.D. from MIT (1986) and is a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering and the Brazilian Academies of Science and Engineering. He has over 120 issued US patents and over 160 publications. He is an IEEE Fellow and has received many awards, including an IEEE Technical Achievement Award. He was involved in a few startups, and is currently a member of the Alliance of Angels in Seattle.