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Darren Edge

Darren Edge

I am a researcher in the Human-Computer Interaction Group at Microsoft Research Asia, based in Beijing, China. My design-oriented research approach combines both empirical and abstract analysis of significant life activities, with a view to developing interactive systems that transform those activities for the better. In my work to date, this has led me to explore how technology can support learning and communication across a variety of domains, including second language learning, social exertion gaming, working at a desk, and presenting to an audience.

Prior to joining MSRA in 2008, I spent seven years at the University of Cambridge, first obtaining my undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Management Studies, before completing my PhD in the Rainbow Group at the Computer Laboratory supervised by Alan Blackwell. My PhD dissertation was the first work to explore the concept of "peripheral interaction" with objects on the boundary of the user's attention, and much of my ongoing work aims to facilitate similarly lightweight, episodic engagement with activities of significant personal and social value.

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Internship opportunities are available year-round.


Presentation Tools
Language Learning
Exertion Gaming
  • Florian 'Floyd' Mueller, Martin R. Gibbs, Frank Vetere, and Darren Edge, Supporting the Creative Game Design Process with Exertion Cards, in CHI 2014 Conference on Human Factors in Information Systems, ACM, May 2014.
  • Florian 'Floyd' Mueller, Martin Gibbs, Frank Vetere, Stefan Agamanolis, and Darren Edge, Designing Mediated Combat Play, in The 8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI '14) , ACM, February 2014.
  • Florian 'Floyd' Mueller, Frank Vetere, Martin Gibbs, Darren Edge, Stefan Agamanolis, Jennifer Sheridan, and Jeffrey Heer, Balancing Exertion Experiences, in CHI 2012 Conference on Human Factors in Information Systems , ACM, April 2012.
  • Florian 'Floyd' Mueller, Darren Edge, Frank Vetere, Martin Gibbs, Stefan Agamanolis, Bert Bongers, and Jennifer Sheridan, Designing Sports: A Framework for Exertion Games, in CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Information Systems , ACM, 2011.
  • Florian 'Floyd' Mueller, Frank Vetere, Martin Gibbs, Darren Edge, Stefan Agamanolis, and Jennifer Sheridan, Jogging over a Distance between Europe and Australia, in UIST 2010 Conference on User Interface Software and Technology , ACM, 2010.
Peripheral & Tangible Interaction
Other MSR Publications

Earlier Publications

Darren Edge, Researcher, Human-Computer Interaction Group, MSRA: darren.edge{at}

Paper Awards

MobileHCI 2014 Honourable Mention (Top 7 of 45 papers): TalkZones: Section-based Time Support for Presentations

CHI 2014 Honourable Mention (Top 5% of submissions): PitchPerfect: Integrated Rehearsal Environment for Structured Presentation Preparation

CHI 2014 Honourable Mention (Top 5% of submissions): TurningPoint: Narrative-Driven Presentation Planning

MobileHCI 2012 Best Paper (Top 2 of 54 papers): MemReflex: Adaptive Flashcards for Mobile Microlearning

MobileHCI 2012 Honourable Mention (Top 7 of 54 papers): Tip Tap Tones: Mobile Microtraining of Mandarin Sounds

CHI 2012 Honourable Mention (Top 5% of submissions): Balancing Exertion Experiences

Product Releases

Bing Dictionary Mobile. Technology transfer to the Microsoft Bing product group, released December 2013

Office Remote. Microsoft Research application for Windows Phone, released November 2013

Tip Tap Tones. Microsoft Research application for Windows Phone, released May 2012

Bing Dictionary Desktop. Technology transfer to the Microsoft Bing product group, released May 2011

Press Demos

Language Learning Games on WP7 and Kinect. Microsoft TechFest 2012 Public Day

NoteScape: Sticky Notes in Augmented Reality. Microsoft TechFest 2009 Public Day

Professional Service

World Haptics Conference Associate Editor: 2013, 2015

CHI Workshops Jury Member: 2015

Chinese CHI Program Committee Member: 2015

CHI Student Research Competition Jury Member: 2014

DIS Experience Subcommittee Associate Chair: 2014

CHI Design Subcommittee Associate Chair: 2013, 2014

WWW Program Committee Member: 2013

OzCHI Program Committee Member: 2011, 2012

Ubicomp Demos Co-chair: 2011

TEI Program Committee Member: 2009, 2010, 2011

Conference Reviewer: CHI, UIST, UbiComp, MobileHCI, ITS, TEI

Journal Reviewer: Journal of Visual Languages and Computing, Interacting with Computers, Pervasive and Mobile Computing, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction

Patents Filed

Darren Edge. Authoring Tools For Synthesizing Hybrid Slide-Canvas Presentations. Filed October 2014

Darren Edge & Ha Trinh. Presentation Rehearsal. Filed November 2013

Darren Edge, Koji Yatani & Genki Furumi. Media Presentation Effects. Filed September 2013

Darren Edge, Koji Yatani, Chao Wang & Reza Saputra. Selecting And Editing Visual Elements With Attribute Groups. Filed June 2013

Darren Edge & Hong Tan. Adaptive Timing Support for Presentations. Filed May 2013

Darren Edge & Koji Yatani. Dynamic Presentation Prototyping and Generation. Filed March 2013 

Darren Edge, Matthew Scott & James Landay. Personalized Language Learning using Language and Learner Models. Filed November 2012

Darren Edge, Stephen Fitchett, Matthew Scott & Xianjun Huang. Adaptively-Spaced Learning System and Method. US 2012/0322043 A1, filed June 2011

Bennett Wilburn & Darren Edge. Indirect User Interaction with Desktop using Touch-Sensitive Control Surface. US 2011/0304557 A1, filed June 2010

Darren Edge & Min Wang. Focal-Control User Interface. US 2010/0229130 A1, filed March 2009, awarded August 2013

Darren Edge, Kyungmin Min & Eric Chang. Personal Media Landscapes in Mixed Reality. US 2010/0208033 A1, filed February 2009

Interns Mentored

Sitao Xiang, Tsinghua University, 2015

Yasmine Kotturi, UC San Diego, 2015

Shuo-Ping Wang, National Tsinghua University, 2015

Guangming Mao, Beihang University, 2015

Shiyin Wang, Peking University, 2015

Xiongjian Mo, Peking University, 2014

Geza Kovacs, Stanford University, 2014

Kaiying Liao, MIT, 2013 & 2014

Xiaojun Meng, National University of Singapore, 2014

Xi Yang, Cornell University & Hong Kong University, 2014

Dan Feng, Beijing Institute of Technology, 2014

Dajung Kim, KAIST, 2013

Larissa Pschetz, University of Edinburgh & University of Dundee, 2013

Genki Furumi, University of Tokyo, 2013

Bahador Saket, Multimedia University Malaysia, 2013

Sijie Yang, Indiana University Bloomington, 2013

Yuanyuan Wang, University of Hyogo, 2013

Ha Trinh, University of Dundee, 2012

Reza Saputra, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, 2012

Xiaolong Zhu, University of Hong Kong, 2012

Yefeng Liu, Wasede University, 2012

Joan M Savage, IUPUI, 2012

Huaishu Peng, CMU, 2011

Michael Whitney, University of North Carolina Charlotte, 2011

Kai-Yin Cheng, National Taiwan University, 2011

Lydia Chilton, MIT, 2011

Hyeongmook Lee, GIST, 2011

Daesung Kim, KAIST, 2011

Stephen Fitchett, University of Canterbury, 2010

Elly Searle, University of Washington, 2010

Kevin Chiu, MIT, 2010

Jae-Hyun Seok, KAIST, 2009

Florian Mueller, University of Melbourne, 2009

Ao Yuan, Peking University, 2009

Kyungmin Min, KAIST, 2008

Xianghua Ding, University of California Irvine, 2008

Katherine Kuan, MIT, 2008