Microsoft Research to Open New Doors for Scientists in Cambridge, Mass.

Microsoft to open sixth research lab, with focus on bringing together

technical researchers, social scientists; Microsoft Research names first

female lab director.



Feb 04, 2008, 00:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Research,
 the basic research arm of Microsoft Corp., announced today that it will
 open a new lab in Cambridge, Mass., in July 2008. As the company's sixth
 research center and its first on the East Coast of the United States,
 Microsoft Research New England will build on Microsoft's commitment to
 collaborate with the broader research community and advance the state of
 the art in multiple areas of computing research. The lab will pursue new
 interdisciplinary areas of research that bring together core computer
 scientists and social scientists to better understand, model and enable the
 computing and online experiences of the future.
 
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     The new lab will enable Microsoft Research to interact closely with the
 large community of scientists in New England, notably the faculty and
 students at the many premier academic institutions in the vicinity. It will
 also provide researchers with the opportunity to interact with people in
 Microsoft's incubation centers and newly acquired companies in the region.
 
     "Every time the doors of a new basic research facility open, new
 avenues for research, collaboration and innovation also open up," said Rick
 Rashid, senior vice president of Microsoft Research. "Microsoft Research
 New England will create additional opportunities for researchers to pursue
 their passions in the Cambridge area, one of the world's foremost centers
 of innovation, setting the stage for new discoveries and scientific
 breakthroughs."
 
     Rashid also announced that veteran Microsoft researcher Jennifer Tour
 Chayes has been appointed the managing director of the new lab.
 
     "Chayes is one of the most accomplished researchers in her field, and
 her qualifications and achievements make her the ideal leader for our
 newest research lab," Rashid said. "Diversity is also a key factor in the
 success of all research efforts, and we welcome the opportunity to add to
 our leadership team a female director who has distinguished herself in the
 fields of mathematics, physics and computer science."
 
     Chayes, the first woman appointed to lead one of Microsoft's
 international research labs, has extensive experience leading research
 teams at Microsoft and pursuing research in core areas of computer science,
 in addition to being a professor at the University of Washington and
 University of California, Los Angeles.
 
     "Breaking through barriers is what research is all about," Chayes said.
 "We're going to New England to break through barriers between core computer
 science and social sciences and to do fundamental research that can lead to
 deeper insights and better computing experiences in an increasingly online
 world."
 
     "But I'm also personally delighted that we're breaking through barriers
 for women in leadership positions in the scientific research community. I
 hope my new role will serve as an inspiration for other women in scientific
 fields, and particularly for young girls who may be interested in math and
 science. I want to show them that math and science are cool, that research
 is creative and exciting, and that there is a path for women in technical
 fields at companies like Microsoft."
 
     Chayes has led Microsoft Research groups in the areas of mathematics,
 theoretical computer science and cryptography. She joined Microsoft
 Research in 1997, when she co-founded the theory group. Her research areas
 include phase transitions in discrete mathematics and computer science,
 structural and dynamical properties of self-engineered networks, and
 algorithmic game theory. She is the co-author of almost 100 scientific
 papers and the co-inventor of more than 20 patents.
 
     The deputy managing director of Microsoft Research New England will be
 Christian Borgs, a principal researcher and co-manager of the theory group
 at Microsoft Research. Borgs has also been a professor at the University of
 Washington and the University of Leipzig. His research areas include
 properties of self-engineered networks, phase transitions in theoretical
 computer science, and algorithmic game theory. He has numerous scientific
 publications and holds many patents.
 
     The New England lab will focus initially on two key areas: core
 computer science, especially more algorithmically oriented areas, and the
 social sciences, with a particular emphasis on building connections between
 these two areas. It will also include a small group focused on design. All
 three groups will collaborate closely with one another as well as with the
 open, academic research and design communities.
 
     Algorithms form the operational core of search engines, spam filters,
 online advertising engines, social networks and many other central features
 of the online world. Social sciences, including economics, psychology and
 sociology, analyze how and why people value things and study how people
 interact with each other.
 
     Combining both areas of focus, research initiatives in the New England
 lab will use social sciences to understand what people want to do in the
 online world, theoretical computer science to devise algorithms to make
 that happen, and design to add aesthetics and functionality to the process.
 The possibilities range from enhanced online social networks to new types
 of applications such as filter engines and new business models for
 fraud-resistant monetization of online activities.
 
     Microsoft Research New England will be the sixth lab in Microsoft
 Research's worldwide lineup, which already comprises labs in Redmond,
 Wash.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; Cambridge, England; Beijing, China; and
 Bangalore, India. The newest lab continues Microsoft's long-standing
 commitment to investing in basic research, particularly at a time when many
 companies and government agencies are curtailing their spending on basic
 research.
 
     "While most companies, and even government organizations, are shrinking
 or eliminating these kinds of investments, Microsoft's ongoing commitment
 to basic research makes it a notable exception," said Venkatesh "Venky"
 Narayanamurti, dean of Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied
 Sciences. "We're very pleased that its new interdisciplinary research lab
 will be our neighbor in Cambridge to facilitate even closer collaboration."
 
     About Microsoft Research
 
     Founded in 1991, Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both
 basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering.
 Its goals are to enhance the user experience on computing devices, reduce
 the cost of writing and maintaining software, and invent novel computing
 technologies. Researchers focus on more than 55 areas of computing and
 collaborate with leading academic, government and industry researchers to
 advance the state of the art in such areas as graphics, speech recognition,
 user-interface research, natural language processing, programming tools and
 methodologies, operating systems and networking, and the mathematical
 sciences. Microsoft Research currently employs more than 800 people in five
 labs located in Redmond, Wash.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; Cambridge, England;
 Beijing, China; and Bangalore, India. Microsoft Research collaborates
 openly with colleges and universities worldwide to enhance the teaching and
 learning experience, inspire technological innovation, and broadly advance
 the field of computer science. More information can be found at
 http://www.research.microsoft.com.
 
     About Microsoft
 
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq:   MSFT) is the worldwide leader in
 software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize
 their full potential.
 
 
 

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.
    REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Research,
 the basic research arm of Microsoft Corp., announced today that it will
 open a new lab in Cambridge, Mass., in July 2008. As the company's sixth
 research center and its first on the East Coast of the United States,
 Microsoft Research New England will build on Microsoft's commitment to
 collaborate with the broader research community and advance the state of
 the art in multiple areas of computing research. The lab will pursue new
 interdisciplinary areas of research that bring together core computer
 scientists and social scientists to better understand, model and enable the
 computing and online experiences of the future.
 
     (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO)
 
     The new lab will enable Microsoft Research to interact closely with the
 large community of scientists in New England, notably the faculty and
 students at the many premier academic institutions in the vicinity. It will
 also provide researchers with the opportunity to interact with people in
 Microsoft's incubation centers and newly acquired companies in the region.
 
     "Every time the doors of a new basic research facility open, new
 avenues for research, collaboration and innovation also open up," said Rick
 Rashid, senior vice president of Microsoft Research. "Microsoft Research
 New England will create additional opportunities for researchers to pursue
 their passions in the Cambridge area, one of the world's foremost centers
 of innovation, setting the stage for new discoveries and scientific
 breakthroughs."
 
     Rashid also announced that veteran Microsoft researcher Jennifer Tour
 Chayes has been appointed the managing director of the new lab.
 
     "Chayes is one of the most accomplished researchers in her field, and
 her qualifications and achievements make her the ideal leader for our
 newest research lab," Rashid said. "Diversity is also a key factor in the
 success of all research efforts, and we welcome the opportunity to add to
 our leadership team a female director who has distinguished herself in the
 fields of mathematics, physics and computer science."
 
     Chayes, the first woman appointed to lead one of Microsoft's
 international research labs, has extensive experience leading research
 teams at Microsoft and pursuing research in core areas of computer science,
 in addition to being a professor at the University of Washington and
 University of California, Los Angeles.
 
     "Breaking through barriers is what research is all about," Chayes said.
 "We're going to New England to break through barriers between core computer
 science and social sciences and to do fundamental research that can lead to
 deeper insights and better computing experiences in an increasingly online
 world."
 
     "But I'm also personally delighted that we're breaking through barriers
 for women in leadership positions in the scientific research community. I
 hope my new role will serve as an inspiration for other women in scientific
 fields, and particularly for young girls who may be interested in math and
 science. I want to show them that math and science are cool, that research
 is creative and exciting, and that there is a path for women in technical
 fields at companies like Microsoft."
 
     Chayes has led Microsoft Research groups in the areas of mathematics,
 theoretical computer science and cryptography. She joined Microsoft
 Research in 1997, when she co-founded the theory group. Her research areas
 include phase transitions in discrete mathematics and computer science,
 structural and dynamical properties of self-engineered networks, and
 algorithmic game theory. She is the co-author of almost 100 scientific
 papers and the co-inventor of more than 20 patents.
 
     The deputy managing director of Microsoft Research New England will be
 Christian Borgs, a principal researcher and co-manager of the theory group
 at Microsoft Research. Borgs has also been a professor at the University of
 Washington and the University of Leipzig. His research areas include
 properties of self-engineered networks, phase transitions in theoretical
 computer science, and algorithmic game theory. He has numerous scientific
 publications and holds many patents.
 
     The New England lab will focus initially on two key areas: core
 computer science, especially more algorithmically oriented areas, and the
 social sciences, with a particular emphasis on building connections between
 these two areas. It will also include a small group focused on design. All
 three groups will collaborate closely with one another as well as with the
 open, academic research and design communities.
 
     Algorithms form the operational core of search engines, spam filters,
 online advertising engines, social networks and many other central features
 of the online world. Social sciences, including economics, psychology and
 sociology, analyze how and why people value things and study how people
 interact with each other.
 
     Combining both areas of focus, research initiatives in the New England
 lab will use social sciences to understand what people want to do in the
 online world, theoretical computer science to devise algorithms to make
 that happen, and design to add aesthetics and functionality to the process.
 The possibilities range from enhanced online social networks to new types
 of applications such as filter engines and new business models for
 fraud-resistant monetization of online activities.
 
     Microsoft Research New England will be the sixth lab in Microsoft
 Research's worldwide lineup, which already comprises labs in Redmond,
 Wash.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; Cambridge, England; Beijing, China; and
 Bangalore, India. The newest lab continues Microsoft's long-standing
 commitment to investing in basic research, particularly at a time when many
 companies and government agencies are curtailing their spending on basic
 research.
 
     "While most companies, and even government organizations, are shrinking
 or eliminating these kinds of investments, Microsoft's ongoing commitment
 to basic research makes it a notable exception," said Venkatesh "Venky"
 Narayanamurti, dean of Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied
 Sciences. "We're very pleased that its new interdisciplinary research lab
 will be our neighbor in Cambridge to facilitate even closer collaboration."
 
     About Microsoft Research
 
     Founded in 1991, Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both
 basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering.
 Its goals are to enhance the user experience on computing devices, reduce
 the cost of writing and maintaining software, and invent novel computing
 technologies. Researchers focus on more than 55 areas of computing and
 collaborate with leading academic, government and industry researchers to
 advance the state of the art in such areas as graphics, speech recognition,
 user-interface research, natural language processing, programming tools and
 methodologies, operating systems and networking, and the mathematical
 sciences. Microsoft Research currently employs more than 800 people in five
 labs located in Redmond, Wash.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; Cambridge, England;
 Beijing, China; and Bangalore, India. Microsoft Research collaborates
 openly with colleges and universities worldwide to enhance the teaching and
 learning experience, inspire technological innovation, and broadly advance
 the field of computer science. More information can be found at
 http://www.research.microsoft.com.
 
     About Microsoft
 
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq:   MSFT) is the worldwide leader in
 software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize
 their full potential.
 
 
 SOURCE Microsoft Corp.

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