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Blaise Aguera y Arcas
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Blaise Aguera y Arcas

Company: Microsoft
Title: Architect
Location: Redmond, United States
Fields of operation: Digital, Technology

Blaise Agüera y Arcas is the Architect of Bing Maps and MSN at Microsoft. He works in a variety of roles: designer, coder and strategist, as well as leading an Advanced Engineering team currently focusing on social media, computer vision and graphics. Blaise joined Microsoft in 2006 when his startup company, Seadragon, was acquired. Blaise then directed this team in a collaboration with Microsoft Research and the University of Washington to produce Photosynth, released August 2009. His TED talk on Seadragon and Photosynth in 2007 is still rated "most jaw-dropping" on ted.com. Blaise has a broad background in computer science and applied math, and has worked in a variety of fields including computational neuroscience, computational drug design, and data compression. His publications include essays and papers in theoretical biology, neuroscience and history in The EMBO Journal, Neural Computation and Nature. In 2008-9 received both the MIT Technology Review's TR35 award (35 top innovators under 35) and Fast Company's MCP100 ("100 most creative people in business").