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Mobility and Networking Research

To invent & research technologies that make Microsoft’s networks, services and devices indispensable to the world

mnrThe Mobility and Networking Research (MNR) Group focusses on basic and applied research in all areas related to networked systems and mobile computing. Researchers build proof-of-concept systems, engage with academia, publish scientific papers, publish software for the research community, and transfer cutting-edge technologies to Microsoft’s product groups.


Latest News:
   Ratul elevated to ACM Distinguished Scientist (Nov. 19, 2015)
   Eduardo Cuervo joins MNR as Senior Research Software Development Engineer (Nov. 16, 2015)
   29 students join MNR for summer internship (June 30, 2015)
   We won the the MobiSys 2015 Best Paper Award (May 19, 2015)
   Ronnie joins Cloud & Enterprise as Software Engineering Manager of Power BI (March 20, 2015)
   David will serve as the General Chair of HotMobile 2016 (Feb 15, 2015)
   Seven MNR papers accepted at NSDI 2015 (twelve Microsoft papers accepted) (Feb 1, 2015)
   Ming promoted to Senior Researcher (Sept 1, 2014)
   Ratul & Ranveer promoted to Principal Researcher (Sept 1, 2014)
   MSR's Spectrum Observatory Thinktank Event (August 6, 2014)
   Ratul receives the SIGCOMM 2014 Test of Time Paper Award (July 8, 2014)
   Hongqiang ("Harry") Liu joins MNR as a PostDoc Researcher (July 7, 2014
   George receives the SIGCOMM Award for Lifetime Contributions (July 3, 2014)
   Albert receives the 2015 IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award (June 22, 2014)
   Seven papers accepted in SIGCOMM 2014 (May 1, 2014)
   Jitu to serve as SIGCOMM 2015 TPC Co-Chair (April 29, 2014)

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Hiring: We are always on the look out for both senior and fresh graduates. If you are interested and would like to apply for a position please fill out an application via our central site.

Research pillars:

Tech. Transfers

Product group impact comes in many forms - consultation, design wins, code transfer, people transfer etc. Here are some examples:

  • Microsoft’s Wide Area Software Defined Network
  • XBOX One Wireless Controller Protocol  
  • Service Graphs for Large-Scale Network Diagnostics to XBOX Live
  • Mileage data attribution to Windows Phone 8
  • Network Failure Recovery in Data Centers to Bing
  • Support for Security Features in Windows ARM to Windows
  • Virtual Wi-Fi in Windows 7 to Windows
  • Fully Configurable Windows Azure Software Load Balancer\
  • Partitioning and Recovery Service in Live Mesh
  • Centrifuge/PRS in Windows Live Messenger
  • DNS optimization in Bing

""We focus on inventing highly efficient networked systems and new end-user mobile experiences. We go after hard unsolved problems by embarking on high-risk, high-reward projects where success is not guaranteed. Our goal is to move the dial and pave new paths for the research community and to have a positive impact on Microsoft products while having lots of fun along the way."

Victor Bahl, Director, Mobility & Networking Research

Sample Technology Licensing

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  • Wireless (Wi-Fi) Hot Spot Network Access: Package includes five technologies: Global Authentication; Network Admission; Traffic Gateway; Client Module and Policy Manager.
  • Wi-Fi Location Determination: Technology to locate a wireless client by pattern matching the measured signal strength from multiple wireless access points against a database of previously collected signal strength.

  • Cellphone Power Management: Technology that leverages the cellular radio to wake-up the Wi-Fi radio on SmartPhones, Laptops, and NetBooks.
  • Virtual WiFi: Technology that abstracts a single Wireless LAN card to appear as multiple virtual Wireless LAN cards to the user/OS.
  • Mesh Connectivity: Ad-hoc routing and link quality measurement for mesh networks as a loadable software driver.


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Highlighted Project

Under the umbrella of the KNOWS project we are revisiting classical wireless networking problems and designing new solutions that incorporate and build upon recent advances in software and hardware technologies for networking over the recently opened white spaces spectrum.

Project Videos

Mileage Data Attribution
Don’t know what's draining your phone’s battery or your data plan? Mileage will pinpoint the hogs!

Hawaii OCR and Gadgeteer
Here's a cool demo that combines Hawaii OCR Service with .NET Gadgeteer.

Hands-free Cookbook
Keep your dirty hands to yourself! This audio cookbook app reads out recipes, and responds to simple voice commands for navigation, so you never have to touch the phone while cooking.

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