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Machine Intelligence & Perception

One of the main research focuses at Microsoft Research Cambridge, the Machine Intelligence & Perception group (MIP) comprises world-class scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and visionaries, working at the frontiers of AI.

We share a dream of a brighter future: a future where machines understand and interact naturally with people, where computers enhance human creativity, where intelligent systems navigate and interact with complex environments, and where algorithms help us lead healthier lives.

We are driven by scientific curiosity, the thrill of discovery, the challenge of solving ambitious, real-world problems, and the daily opportunity to work with and learn from an amazing group of people. We join forces with our colleagues around the world: programming language gurus, mathematicians, physicists, biologists, social scientists, designers. We play a key role in the academic community, publishing prize-winning papers, supervising PhD students, and releasing code. And we offer unique opportunities to lead Microsoft forward and enable ground-breaking new products.

A Few Things We're Proud Of

Technology Transfers

Conference Awards


Contributions to


ICCV 2015

Marr Prize (Best Paper)

MIT Technology Review

Innovator Under 35 Award

Clutter for Office 365

CHI 2015

Honorable Mention


Young Researcher Award 2014


NIPS 2014

Outstanding Paper

Royal Academy of Engineering

Silver Medal 2013


CHI 2014

Best Paper


Patents for Humanity Award 2013

Body Part Recognition

for Kinect

CVPR 2013

Best Student Paper

 Microsoft Outstanding
Technical Achievement Award 2012

Contributions to AzureML

CVPR 2011

Best Paper

Royal Academy of Engineering

MacRobert Award 2011

Recent Publications


Want to change the world?  We're always on the look out for the next generation of amazing scientists and engineers to join MIP.  If you think you have what it takes to work at the forefront of AI research, please get in touch.


We welcome outstanding PhD candidates, masters students, and undergraduates throughout the year as interns.  Many of our past interns go on to become post docs, researchers, and engineers at MSR.  To apply please refer to the Cambridge Lab Internship Program page.

What former interns have said: “An inspiring place to work — lots of clever people and exciting research!”
Timothy Hospedales, Intern, Microsoft Research Cambridge

Contact Us

Contact Jamie Shotton if you're interested in joining MIP as a researcher.  Contact John Bronskill if you're interested in an engineering position.  The application portal is here.

Machine Intelligence and Perception
Microsoft Research Ltd
21 Station Road
Cambridge CB1 2FB, UK
+44 1223 479700