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  • Blog Post: Intersection of Music, Technology Can Be Found in Cambridge, Mass.

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies What do musicians and computer scientists have in common? More than you might think. “If you think about it,” Nancy Baym says, “almost everything musicians do is technologically mediated—their instruments are technologies, they...
  • Blog Post: LampsonFest: Celebrating a Computing Legend

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies It’s a mouthful. The citation for the A.M. Turing Award presented to Butler Lampson 22 years ago reads as follows: For contributions to the development of distributed, personal computing environments and the technology for their implementation: workstations...
  • Blog Post: Exploring the Biases of Big Data

    Posted by Rob Knies On Feb. 28, at the Santa Clara (Calif.) Convention Center, Kate Crawford , principal researcher at Microsoft Research New England , took the stage during the Strata Conference to deliver an illuminating, 17-minute talk entitled Algorithmic Illusions: Hidden Biases of Big Data...
  • Blog Post: New England Postdocs Collect Dissertation Awards

    Posted by Rob Knies Aleksander Madry and David Steurer are both postdoctoral researchers at Microsoft Research New England focused on theoretical computer science. Each of them is intrigued by the challenges posed by graphs, and each has devised new algorithms to address those challenges. And,...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research New England: Year in Review

    Posted by Jennifer Chayes, managing director of Microsoft Research New England The latest in a series of posts from the directors of Microsoft Research’s labs worldwide, this one from Jennifer Chayes of Microsoft Research New England . It’s been a year of expansion and connection for...
  • Blog Post: A Special, Interdisciplinary Approach

    Posted by Rob Knies Microsoft Research New England has a unique role within the constellation of Microsoft Research facilities around the world. While most of those support computer-science research across a broad range of fields—collectively, more than 55 distinct areas of computing—the...
  • Blog Post: Four from Microsoft Research Named Inaugural AMS Fellows

    Posted by Rob Knies Four members of Microsoft Research have been named to the inaugural list of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), announced in November. Among the 1,474 inaugural Fellows of the AMS: Jennifer Chayes , a Microsoft distinguished scientist and managing director...
  • Blog Post: Science Club for Girls: Chayes a Catalyst

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies For years now, Jennifer Chayes , a Microsoft distinguished scientist and managing director of Microsoft Research New England and Microsoft Research New York City , has been a passionate advocate for the study of computer science by girls. That advocacy...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research: on the CUSP of Urban Livability

    Posted by Rob Knies Over the past year, the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), a New York City-based public-private research center created by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in conjunction with New York University, has advanced from creation to gaining traction in its mission of using...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research New England: 2012 in Review

    Posted by Jennifer Chayes, managing director of Microsoft Research New England It’s been another year of great research, growth, and connection at Microsoft Research New England . We’ve had more than 350 academic visitors this year, many of whom have engaged deeply with other Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Raises the Bar in Social-Media Research

    Posted by Jennifer Chayes , Microsoft distinguished scientist and managing director of Microsoft Research New England We’re thrilled to announce that three leading researchers will be joining danah boyd and the social-media research team at Microsoft Research New England , based in Cambridge...
  • Blog Post: Jennifer Chayes Honored with Women of Vision Leadership Award by Anita Borg Institute

    Posted by Paul Coebergh The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology announced today that Jennifer Chayes , Microsoft distinguished scientist and managing director of Microsoft Research New England , has been selected to receive the Women of Vision Leadership Award. Founded in 1997 by renowned...
  • Blog Post: Borgs’ Stellar Work Reaps Its Due Reward

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Phase transitions. Statistical physics. Probability theory. To many of us, such concepts are simply beyond our grasp, accessible, if at all, only as something relating, in some vague, hazy fashion, to issues mathematical or topics scientific. Such fields...
  • Blog Post: Tennenholtz Wins Multi-Agent Award

    Posted by Rob Knies For Moshe Tennenholtz , just named the winner of the 2012 Autonomous Agents Research Award by the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence (SIGART), things just keep getting better. “I think we are living in an exciting...
  • Blog Post: Start Spreading the News … Announcing Microsoft Research New York City!

    Tweet Posted by Jennifer Chayes, Microsoft distinguished scientist and managing director of Microsoft Research New England and the newly announced Microsoft Research New York City One of the wonderful elements of basic research is that you never know where it will take you....
  • Blog Post: Tennenholtz Receives Allen Newell Award

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Moshe Tennenholtz is an accomplished man. An Israel-based principal researcher with Microsoft Research New England , he has performed pioneering work bridging computer science, artificial intelligence, and game theory. He also has co-founded several e...
  • Blog Post: Girl Scouts Honor Chayes

    Posted by Rob Knies This morning, at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, Jennifer Tour Chayes , Microsoft distinguished scientist and managing director of Microsoft Research New England , became one of six recipients of the Leading Women Awards, bestowed by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. “It’s...
  • Blog Post: New England Lab Celebrates 5 Years of Interdisciplinary Success

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies When Microsoft Research New England was founded in 2008, the lab’s leadership explained that one of its key goals was to bring together computer scientists and social scientists to pursue new, interdisciplinary areas of research for understanding...
  • Blog Post: New York City Lab Lands in Silicon Alley

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies More than a century ago, 641 Sixth Ave., a Beaux-Arts high-rise in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, housed Simpson, Crawford & Simpson, known for a while as the most elegant department store in New York City. On Aug. 19, this historic 1902 landmark...
  • Blog Post: SXSW Interactive Hall of Fame Inducts danah boyd

    Posted by Rob Knies It’s no surprise, really, that danah boyd , senior researcher at Microsoft Research New England , has been named the second inductee into the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival Hall of Fame . After all, boyd has established herself as one of the world’s...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Researchers Take Center Stage During EmTech 2013

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies EmTech 2013 , billed as The Conference on the Emerging Technologies That Matter, will be held in Cambridge, Mass., Oct. 9-11 at the MIT Media Lab. The annual event, in its seventh year, represents a convergence of technology, business, and culture, and...
  • Blog Post: Fighting Nuclear Proliferation with Cryptography

    Posted by Rob Knies Boaz Barak specializes in theoretical computer science. He has a Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science, has been a member in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study, based in Princeton, N.J., and then moved across town to serve as an associate professor...