Ashok Popat


Ashok C. Popat received the SB and SM degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering in 1986 and 1990, and the PhD from the MIT Media Lab in 1997. He is a Research Scientist at Google in Mountain View, California. At Google he has worked on several projects, including Books, Translate, and (most recently) Optical Character Recognition (OCR).  He is part of a team that has developed an OCR system that can handle more than 200 languages, many of which are currently supported through the Cloud Vision web-based API.  Prior to joining Google in 2005 he worked at Xerox PARC with Gary Kopec and Henry Baird, on Document Image Decoding.  Between 2002 and 2005 he was also a consulting assistant professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford, where he co-taught (with Dan Bloomberg) a course "Electronic documents: paper to digital." He has also worked at Motorola, Hewlett Packard, PictureTel, and the EPFL in Switzerland. His areas of interest include signal processing, data compression, and pattern recognition. He enjoys running, skiing, sailing, hiking, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

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