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[[Image:Rico Malvar bust.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Rico Malvar at Microsoft Research Redmond in 2008]]
'''Henrique "Rico" Sarmento Malvar''' (born 1957<ref name="dtic">{{cite web |url=http://www.dtic.mil/ieb_cctwg/conf-96/hsm-9604.html |title=Henrique S. Malvar Biographical Summary |accessdate=5 December 2008 |work=Collaboration Working Group |publisher=Defense Technical Information Center |date=1996}}</ref> in [[Rio de Janeiro]], [[Brazil]]) is a Distinguished Engineer, senior [[signal processing]] researcher, and current Managing Director of [[Microsoft Research]]'s largest laboratory in [[Redmond, Washington]].<ref name="user page">{{cite web |url=http://research.microsoft.com/~malvar/ |title=Henrique "Rico" Malvar |accessdate=5 December 2008 |work=Microsoft Research user pages |publisher=Microsoft |date=August 2008}}</ref> He assumed the role following the departure of long-time Managing Director [[Dan Ling]] in 2007, and oversees about 350 researchers.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/306028_msftling05.html |title=Director of Microsoft Research's Redmond lab to retire |accessdate=5 December 2008 |work=seattlepi.com |publisher=nwsource |date=5 March 2007 }}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://redmondmag.com/features/article.asp?EditorialsID=517 |title=The Power Inside |accessdate=5 December 2008 |work=Redmond Magazine |date=October 2005}}</ref>
== History and contributions ==
Malvar earned his bachelor's degree at the [[Universidade de Brasília|University of Brasília]] and his master's degree at the [[Federal University of Rio de Janeiro]]. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the [[Massachusetts Institute of Technology]] (MIT) in 1986, where his thesis was on "Optimal pre- and post-filtering in noisy sampled-data systems,"<ref>H. S. Malvar. Optimal pre- and post-filtering in noisy sampled-data systems. Ph.D. thesis. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass, USA. September 1986.</ref> and served as a visiting professor at MIT for the next year. From 1979 to 1993, Malvar was a faculty member at the University of Brasília, where he founded and headed the Digital Signal Processing Research Group<ref name="MSR Press Resources">{{cite web |url=http://research.microsoft.com/aboutmsr/presskit/malvar/ |title=Henrique Malvar |accessdate=5 December 2008 |work=Microsoft Research: Press Resources |publisher=Microsoft |date=2007}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.ene.unb.br/gpds/v2/index.php?view=1 |title=Histórico do Grupo de Processamento Digital de Sinais - GPDS |accessdate=5 December 2008 |publisher=Universidade de Brasília| date=20 February 2006}}</ref> (in [[Portuguese language|Portuguese]], ''Grupo de Processamento Digital de Sinais'' or GPDS<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.ene.unb.br/gpds/v2/ |title=GPDS - Grupo de Processamento Digital de Sinais |accessdate=5 December 2008 |publisher=Universidade de Brasília }}</ref>).
In 1993industry, Malvar moved to industry, where he served as vice president of Research and Advanced Technology at [[PictureTel]] from 1985 to 1987<ref name="dtic" /> (which has since been acquired by [[Polycom]]). In Fall 1997, he joined [[Microsoft Research]] where he co-founded and managed the Signal Processing research group, now the Communication and Collaboration Systems and Knowledge Tools groups. He was a Redmond lab director from 2004 to 2007 before stepping up to become Managing Director.<ref name="MSR Press Resources" />
At Microsoft, Malvar contributed to the development of [[Audio compression (data)|audio coding]] and [[digital rights management]] for the [[Windows Media Audio]], [[Windows Media Video]], and [[HD Photo]] formats, as well as to a variety of tools for signal analysis and synthesis.<ref name="MSR Press Resources" /><ref name="PressPass">{{cite web |url=http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/de/Malvar/default.mspx |title=Rico Malvar |accessdate=5 December 2008 |work=PressPass - Information for Journalists |publisher=Microsoft |date=14 September 2007}}</ref>