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Mobility and Networking Research - Service

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

MNR works with academic institutions in a number of different ways. We sponsor a number of ACM and IEEE conferences; Our researchers serve on steering and program commitees of academic conferences and workshops; we serve on editorial boards of prestigious journals; Via the Hawaii Academic outreach program, we support mobile computing courses and research at several universities; we invite colleagues from academia to visit us and we host events that provide a forum to brainstorm about new research.  

Sample Professional Service


  • Program Co-Chair  USENIX NSDI 
  • Program Chair HotMobile
  • Steering Committee: MobiCom, MobiSys, DySPAN, MCS Workshop, ISWC, CoRoNet Workshop, HotMobile
  • Information Director ACM SIGMOBILE
  • Editorial Board Member: MC2R, CCR, IEEE Journal on IoT, ...


  • General Chair HotMobile
  • Program Committee Co-Chair: MobiCom
  • Program Committees: MobiSys, MobiCom, NSDI, SIGCOMM
  • Poster/Demo Chair: SIGCOMM
  • Steering Committee: MobiCom, MobiSys, DySPAN, MCS Workshop, ISWC, CoRoNet Workshop, HotMobile 


  • General Chair: DySPAN
  • Program Committee Co-Chair: DySPAN, MobiGames
  • Program Committees: MobiSys, MobiCom, NSDI, DySPAN, SIGCOMM
  • Poster/demo/workshop Chairs: MobiSys, SIGCOMM
  • Steering Committee: MobiCom, MobiSys, DySPAN, MCS Wokshop, MobiHeld Workshop, ISWC, CoRoNet Workshop
  • Associate Editor: IEEE Transactions of Mobile Computing (2011-12)


  • Program Committees: MobiCom, NSDI, SIGCOMM, MobiSys, ICNP. MobiHeld
  • Steering Committee: MobiCom, MobiSys, DySPAN, MCS Wokshop, MobiHeld Workshop, ISWC, CoRoNet Workshop

Brainstorming Events

For a number of years we have been organizing mindswap events between reseachers from industry, academia, and government. At these events we have open discussions on important research topics and the challenges ahead.  For the benefit of the community, we make videos and presentation slides from all talks available on the event's web site. Here are the events we have organized: 

Project Hawaii Academic Partners (2010 - 11)

For more information, see the Project Hawaii Webpage.

Fall 2011:

Cambridge University, University of North Carolina, Purdue University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Singapore Management University School of Information Systems, Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, Virginia Tech University, University of South Carolina, Old Dominion University, Clemson University, Temple University, University of Utah, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Arkansas, University of Oregon

Spring 2011:

University College London, Stanford University, Duke University, University of Arkansas, University of Minnesota, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, New York University, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Stony Brook University, University of Houston, University of California Santa Barbara, Ohio State University, Temple University, Purdue University, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Leipzig, Germany, Indiana University, Purdue University, Pontificia Universidade Catolica, Brasil, University of Goettingen, University of Washington

Fall 2010:

Singapore Management University School of Information Systems, University of Micigan, University of Maryland, University of Arkansas, University fo California at Santa Barbara, Michgan State University.

Spring 2010:

University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin Madison, Duke University

    Conference Support

    We have consistently supported strong conferences on mobile systems. A sampling of some conferences we have supported in the recent past

    MobiCom, HotMobile, S3, MobiSys, HotNets

    MobiSys, HotMobile, DySPAN

    MobiCom, SIGCOMM, MobiSys, DySPAN, NSDI, MobiCom - PhDForum

    Research Center Membership

    Research Support

    In addition to Project Hawaii Support, and an extensive University Relations Program dedicated to funding research at Universities, occasionally we too support faculty research in areas of our interests. Examples of institutes MCRC Reseachers have supported in the past include:

      • University College London (Prof. Brad Karp, 2010)
      • Duke University (Prof. Romit Roy, 2009)
      • USC (Prof. Ramesh Govindan, 2009)
      • Harvard University (Prof. Matt Welsh, 2008)
      • University of Toronto (Prof. Yashar Ganjali, 2010; Prof. Stefan Saroiu, 2007)
      • Princeton University (Prof. vivek Pai, 2007)
      • UCLA (Prof. Todd Millstein, 2008)
      • MIT (Prof. Dina Katabi)
      • International Computer Science Institute Berkeley (Prof. Scott Shenker)
      • UCSD (Prof. Geoff Voelker)
      • CMU (Prof. Peter Steenkiste, 2010; Prof. Srini Seshan)
      • Columbia (Prof. Dan Rubensteini & Prof. Vishal Misra)
      • Texas A&M University (Prof. Nitin Vaidya)
      • University of California Berkeley
      • University of Maryland, College Park (Prof. William Arbaugh)
      • UT Austin (Prof. Lili Qiu)
      • University of Wisconsin-Madison (Prof. Suman Banerjee)
      • Rice (Prof. Ed. Knightly, 2010; Prof. T. S. Eugene Ng, 2007)

    Distinguished Guests

    Microsoft Research organizes a annual faculty summit in Redmond. The summit offers a unique opportunity for us to mingle with reseachers in academia. In addition to this we have had the pleasure of hosting several distinguished researchers in our center as well. Here is a partial list of a few who have visited us:

      • Rodrigo Fonseca, Brown University
      • Lin Zhong, Rice University
      • Rajesh Balan, Singapore Management University
      • Romit Roy, Duke University
      • Ramesh Govindan, University of Southern California
      • Suman Banerjee, Wisconsin University Madison