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Evelyne Viegas





Evelyne Viegas is the Director of Artificial Intelligence Outreach at Microsoft Research, based in Redmond, U.S.A. In her current role, Evelyne is building initiatives which focus on information seen as an enabler of innovation, working in partnership with universities and government agencies worldwide. In particular she is creating programs around computational intelligence research to drive open innovation and agile experimentation via cloud-based services; and projects to advance the state-of-the-art in artificial intelligence and data-driven research including knowledge representation, machine learning and reasoning under uncertainty at scale.

Prior to her present role, Evelyne has been working as a Technical Lead at Microsoft delivering Natural Language Processing components to projects for MSN, Office, and Windows. Before Microsoft, and after completing her Ph.D. in France, she worked as a Principal Investigator at the Computing Research Laboratory in New Mexico on an ontology-based Machine Translation project. Evelyne serves on international editorial, program and award committees.

Conference Chair

Workshop  Organizer

  • Challenges in Machine Learning, (CiML 2015) NIPS, Montreal, Canada, December 8, 2015; co-organized with Isabelle Guyon, ChaLearn; Balázs Kegl, CNRS-University of Paris; Benn Hamner, Kaggle
  • Challenges in Machine Learning, (CiML 2014)  NIPS, Montreal, Canada, December 12, 2014; co-organized with Isabelle Guyon, ChaLearn.

  • CodaLab for Data-Driven Research - Learn, Share and Collaborate, Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, July 16, 2014 co-organized by Isabelle Guyon, ChaLearn; Percy Liang, Stanford University; Simon Mercer, Microsoft Research; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research. 

  • Data-Centric Programming, POPL, San Diego, January 25, 2014; co-organized by Judith Bishop, Microsoft Research; Jeremy Gibbons, University of Oxford; Erik Meijer, Applied Duality; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research 

  • Data Driven Functional Programming, POPL, Rome, Italy, January 22, 2013; co-organized by Judith Bishop, Microsoft Research; Karin Breitman, EMC Labs; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research 
  •  First Workshop on Programming the Semantic Web, ISWC, Boston, MA, US, November 11, 2012; co-organized by Karin Breitman, EMC Labs; Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz-Landau; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research; Jan Vitek, Purdue University 
  • Spelling Alteration for Web Search Workshop, City Center - Bellevue, WA. July 19, 2011; co-organized by Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research; Jianfeng Gao, Microsoft Research; Kuansan Wang, Microsoft Research; Jan Pedersen, Microsoft
  • SIGIR 2010 Web N-gram Workshop, Geneva, Switzerland, July 23, 2010; co-organized by Chengxiang Zhai, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; David Yarowsky, Johns Hopkins University; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research; Kuansan Wang, Microsoft Research; Stephan Vogel, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Workshop on Confidential Data Collection for Innovation Analysis in Organizations 2009, Redmond, Sept 6-7, 2009; co-organized by Nick Bloom, Stanford University; Isabel Cruz, University of Illinois at Chicago; Christian Schunn, University of Pittsburgh; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research. Sponsored by National Science Foundation
  • Beyond Search – Semantic Computing and Internet Economics 2009 Workshop, Redmond, June 10-11, 2009; co-organized by Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research and Ewa Dominowska, OSD - Bing. Sponsored by External Research and OSD-Bing
  • WSDM 2009 Web Search Click Data 2009, Barcelona, Spain, Feb 8, 2009; co-organized by Nick Craswell, Microsoft; Rosie Jones, Yahoo! Labs; Georges Dupret, Yahoo! Labs; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research. Sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)



Evelyne Viegas (1999, 2007) Breadth and Depth of Semantic Lexicons. Kluwer Academic Press.

Pierrette Bouillon, Laurence Jacqmin, Graham Russell, Lyne Da Sylva, Francoise Vandooren and Evelyne Viegas (1998) Traitement automatique des langues naturelles. Textbook on Natural Language Processing. Editions Duculot, Deboeck et Larcier, 1998, Paris, Bruxelles.

Patrick Saint-Dizier and Evelyne Viegas (1995, 2005) Computational Lexical Semantics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Programme Committee Member, Reviewer

  • Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
  • Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
  • Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING): 2014
  • Grace Hopper Conference (GHC): Data Science track (2014)
  • International/European Semantic Web Conference (ISWC/ESWC)
  • Journal of Web Semantics
  • Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) 
  • World Wide Web Conference (WWW)


  • CodaLab - an open-source platform to conduct data- and computation-intensive experiments
  • Try F# - a web-based unique information-rich programming experience
  • Web N-gram Services - a cloud-based platform to drive discovery and innovation in data-driven research
  • Speller Challenge - Congratulations to all winners






 My Travels [2016]

  • Dagstuhl Seminar Series on Reproducibility, Dagstuhl, Germany, January 25-29 
  • AAAI Spring Symposium, Stanford, US, March 21-23
  • Latin American Artificial Intelligence Faculty Summit 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 17-20


Contact Me

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