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Natasa Milic-Frayling




As a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge (MSRC), Natasa Milic-Frayling is setting research directions for the Integrated Systems Group, focussing on new paradigms for digital content management and analysis, communication, and social interaction.

Through interdisciplinary research, her team brings to bear expertise from information retrieval, machine learning, network analysis, human computer interaction, and design principles to explore fundamental concepts and new approaches to

  • Management, sharing, and making sense of digital information
  • Analysing large networks, social media, and interaction in online communities
  • Cross-platform computing and support for a coherent user experience across mobile, desktop, web, and cloud environment. 

That resulted in over 20 prototype systems and applications that enabled research explorations and led to more than 80 conference papers, journal publications, book chapters, and technical reports that Natasa co-authored, 13 granted patents, and public releases of NodeXL and Research DesktopProject Colletta adopted by a broad community of researchers and practitioners.

In her Principal Researcher role, Natasa fosters collaboration across Microsoft teams and Microsoft external partners. From 2005 to 2010 she served as Director of the Research Partnership Programme and connected MS Research with leading industry organizations to collaborate on strategic problems. She led MS Research participation in the EU project PLANETS (2006-2010), focussed on the long term preservation of digital content, and collaborated with the CFMS (2007-2010) partners in the aerospace industry to explore the use of technologies in the engineering design to capture and disseminate knowledge and best practices.

Prior to joining Microsoft Research in 1998, Natasa worked at the Claritech Corporation, a spin-off from Carnegie-Mellon University that was acquired by the Justsystem Corporation of Japan in 1996. There she served as Director of Research. From 1989 until 1993 Natasa taught mathematics and computer science at the Seton Hill College in the USA and served as the Chair Person of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department.

Natasa received her Doctorate in Applied Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA in 1988 and BS in Applied Mathematics from University of Zagreb, Croatia in 1984.

Natasa is actively involved with a wide academic, industry and business community. She is Visiting Professor at the University College London and Queen Mary University of London. With her colleagues, she is co-organizing academic and industry events, and promoting research, innovation, and entrepreneurship through public speaking engagements. Natasa is elected member of the ACM Europe Council and serving on the Executive Committee for the ACM Women Europe. 


Information Management in the Cloud

Project Colletta - Free download now available!

Project Colletta enables tagging of documents across different document locations: from desktop to the Web, from personal e-mail to wikis and social media sites. With Colletta one can easily create digital collections that are relevant to a particular activity or represent a thematically coherent set of documents, regardless of their location. COlletta is fundamental for managing information in the Cloud.

Social Media Analysis

NodeXL book available for sale!

Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL - Insights from a Connected World

By Derek Hansen, Ben Shneiderman, and Marc A. Smith

September 2010

ISBN: 9780123822291 | Paperback | 304 pages

Available on Amazon and by Elsevier.


Digital Immortality

Dagstuhl Seminar on Digital Preservation

Automation in Digital Preservation

18 - 23 July, 2010, Seminar 10291

Organizers                                                          Jean-Pierre Chanod, Xerox Research Center Europe  Milena Dobreva, The University of Strathclyde
Andreas Rauber, Technical University Vienna       Seamus Ross, University of Toronto.

PLANETS Digital Capsule - Reuters news

"Digital genome" safeguards dying data formats

By Jason Rhodes, SAANEN, Switzerland | Wed May 19, 2010 4:18am EDT

(Reuters Life!) - In a secret bunker deep in the Swiss Alps, European researchers have deposited a "digital genome" that will provide the blueprint for future generations to read data stored using defunct technology. ...

The capsule is the culmination of the four-year "Planets" project, which draws on the expertise of 16 European libraries, archives and research institutions, to preserve the world's digital assets as hardware and software is superseded at a blistering pace. Full articleVideo.

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04 October 2010                            The Royal Academy of Engineering Vodafone Lecture Series in Mobile Telecommunications & Networks 

The art and science of social computing

Speaker: Dr. Natasa Milic-Frayling     Chair: Prof. Mike Walker, OBE         Date: Monday, October 4, 2010

Download booking form (27KB)   Download flyer for more information (915KB)
For further details contact: Helen Berrington

Presentation:                                     Part 1 (10Mb), Part 2 (10Mb)