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Lili Cheng

Lili Cheng

Lili Cheng is a Distinguished Engineer and General Manager in Microsoft Research.

She manages FUSE (Future Social Experiences) Labs, collaborates with: startups, academia, the art & design community, as other teams across Microsoft and industry.  FUSE is a multidisciplinary team which applies expertise to:



      • social networks & real-time systems
      • agents
      • social productivity:  sharing economy & collective action.
      • learning and education
      • social infrastructure

Prior to Microsoft, Lili worked in Apple Computer’s Advanced Technology Group, on the User Interface research team, where she focused on Quicktime Conferencing and Quicktime VR. Lili is also a registered architect; she worked in Tokyo and Los Angeles for Nihon Sekkei and Skidmore Owings and Merrill on commercial urban design and large-scale building projects. She has taught at NYU-Interactive Telecommunications as well as Harvard University.

Lili was born in Tokyo, is married with three boys, and lives in Bellevue Washington.