Two Indians and two persons of Indian origin figure among Top 35
Innovators under 35 in the latest list of Massachusetts Institute
of Technology's (MIT) Technology Review, the world's oldest
Technology Magazine established in 1899.
Ajit Narayanan, Invention Labs, Chennai and Aishwarya Ratan, Yale
University, who were part of TR35 India Winners announced in March
2011, have made it to the annual list of people who exemplify the
spirit of innovation in business and technology.
The honourees are blazing new paths in a wide range of fields,
including medicine, energy, communications, IT, consumer
technology, entertainment, and robotics, Cambridge, Massachusetts,
based institution announced Wednesday.
Chennai-based Ajit Narayanan, 30, was selected for his work on
affordable speech synthesizers He is currently working with the
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, to improve the quality of
the speech synthesis. He also plans to use mobile app stores to
distribute a version of his software with about 90 percent of the
full Avaz system's functionality.
Aishwarya Ratan, 30, was working with Microsoft Research in
Bangalore when she won the prestigious honour for her work on
converting paper records to digital in real time. Ratan has since
moved to Yale University, but the NGO that she was partnering with
continues to test the slate in villages.
Two winners of Indian origin include Bhaskar Krishnamachari, 33,
University of Southern California who has been selected for his
work on smarter wireless networks and Piya Sorcar, 33, for
Teachaids software that can be localised to teach taboo topics.
The TR35 will present their work and be honoured at an awards
ceremony during the 2011 EmTech MIT conference, taking place Oct
18-19 at MIT's Media Lab, USA.
(Arun Kumar can
be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)