Deputy Managing Director
Microsoft Research Cambridge
Ken Woodberry is a deputy managing director at Microsoft Research Cambridge, where he is responsible for the lab’s business-facing activities, including technology transfer, incubation, licensing, and other models for utilizing the intellectual property generated by the lab’s research groups. As Deputy Director, Woodberry also oversees the lab’s marketing and communications activities.
Woodberry also heads the Computer-Mediated Living Group, which he founded in 2003. His group’s vision is fundamentally interdisciplinary, bringing together hardware engineering, computer science, psychology and sociology to address the problem of designing innovative technology to support everyday life in its widest sense. Woodberry's personal research interests include human-computer interaction, information retrieval, digital media management, and ubiquitous computing.
Woodberry joined Microsoft Research in September 2002 from RealVNC, a startup he
co-founded with colleagues from AT&T Laboratories Cambridge. In his seven years at AT&T Labs, Woodberry led research in the areas of multimedia information retrieval and communications and was involved in the incubation of a number of projects that were spun off from the lab as successful independent companies. Earlier posts include several years as an academic at the University of Oxford, a year’s sabbatical at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and three years at Nortel Networks.
Woodberry has a doctorate in computation from the University of Oxford and an AB in applied mathematics and economics from Harvard University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is also a fellow of the British Computer Society.