Microsoft Research New England (MSR-NE) was founded in July 2008 in Cambridge, Mass., by Managing Director Jennifer Tour Chayes and Deputy Managing Director Christian Borgs. It is one of Microsoft Corp.’s twelve worldwide research facilities to be established since 1991, including basic research labs in Redmond, Wash.; Cambridge, United Kingdom; Beijing, China; Mountain View, Calif.; Bangalore, India; and New York, N.Y., with a world-class team of more than 850 scientists worldwide.
The New England lab’s mission is to become a leader in the interdisciplinary approach to basic research by uniting traditional mathematical sciences such as theoretical computer science, machine learning, physics, and mathematics itself with other sciences, including social sciences such as empirical economics, sociology and psychology, and the biological and biomedical sciences. For example, algorithms developed to optimize physical sensor networks may also be used to optimize the flow of information in social and economic networks on the Internet. In fact, similar methods may help experts tackle a wide range of apparently unrelated problems, from fighting disease through a better understanding of the structure of gene regulatory networks, to determining the best way to distribute scarce water resources in drought-prone regions of the developing world.
Microsoft Research has a long-standing and deep commitment to collaborating with the research community to advance the state of the art across broad areas of computing research. This lab embodies Microsoft’s commitment, and its members are particularly eager to collaborate with the large community of faculty and students at nearby world-class universities.
As part of the company’s open research environment, MSR-NE supports the academic tradition of hosting colloquia, seminar series, and special events that contribute to the intellectual commons. Hundreds from the local academic community have joined to speak at or attend these events, and the lab had more than 350 academic visitors this past year, many of whom have engaged deeply with other Microsoft Research researchers and with our product groups.
The lab supports a core team of established researchers, as well as a large group of postdocs, interns and distinguished visiting faculty members. Additional information about the members of the lab is available at http://research.microsoft.com/aboutmsr/labs/newengland.
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