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Yi-Min on The New York Times: “Researchers Track Down a Plague of Fake Web Pages,” by John Markoff, March 19, 2007

Yi-Min Wang, Ph.D.

Managing Director

Microsoft Research Technologies (MSR-T)


Microsoft Corporation

One Microsoft Way

Redmond, WA 98052, USA


ymwang <at> microsoft <dot> com


Last Modified: April 14, 2014

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Quick Bio:

I became a Deputy Managing Director for Microsoft Research-Redmond (MSR-R) in August 2011. Together with Peter Lee and Eric Horvitz, we form the Office of Directors (OOD) which supports all 300+ researchers and engineers in the Lab towards the goals of Agility, Diversity, and Strategy. In November 2012, Eric and I became the Managing Co-Director of the lab when Peter expanded his responsibility to manage all MSR US Labs.

I was previously Director of ISRC (Internet Services Research Center), an R&D organization dedicated to developing technologies for Search, Ads, and Online Services. Between 2007 and 2011, ISRC had focused on web-scale data-related technologies including Search Quality Diagnosis and Metrics, Web-Scale Language Model, Highly Interactive Dialog Model, Structured Data (e.g., Wolfram|Alpha answers), and Scalable Dynamic Crawling. Personally, I have been playing the role of Director of Search Quality for the Bing team. I invented the Automated Relevance Diagnosis System (ARDS) which takes hundreds of thousands of user dissatisfaction reports and performs automated and systematic diagnosis to identify the Search component that is responsible for causing each of the dissatisfactions. ARDS has been a critical part of Bing team’s search quality process and is widely recognized for its contribution to Bing’s significant quality improvement from 2008 to 2011.

Prior to the creation of ISRC, my research work was primarily in the areas of dependable computing and web security. I was elected to IEEE Fellow for my contributions in those two areas. I had published extensively on checkpointing and rollback-recovery and was a main co-author of the most influential survey paper on that topic. In 2005, I invented Strider HoneyMonkey - the first automated system to patrol the Web and hunt for malicious websites that exploit zero-day vulnerabilities. The HoneyMonkey technique has become the de facto standard for both the security industry and the search engine industry. In 2007, I invented Strider Search Ranger – the first search-spam detection system based on dynamic crawling and traffic analysis. The work was featured on New York Times and has had an industry-wide impact on wiping out search-spam.

[See my full bio here.]

Managing Director, Microsoft Research Technologies, January 2014

Managing Co-Director, Microsoft Research-Redmond, November 2012

Deputy Managing Director, Microsoft Research-Redmond, August 2011

IEEE Fellow, Class of 2010 - for contributions to Dependable Computing and Web Security

Director, Internet Services Research Center (ISRC), Microsoft Research-Redmond, July 2009

Director, Search Quality & Cyber-Intelligence Lab (SQ-CIL), Internet Services Research Center (ISRC), July 2007

Group Manager, Cybersecurity& Systems Management (CSM) Research Group, 2005

Group Manager, Systems Management (SM) Research Group, 2004

Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1993

B.S., Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University, 1986

Recent Professional Activities

Recent Research Projects & Papers

  • The Strider Family of Projects and Their Internal and External Contributions
  • Chao Liu, Hung-chih Yang, Jinliang Fan, Li-Wei He, and Yi-Min Wang,

“Distributed Non-negative Matrix Factorization for Web-Scale Dyadic Data Analysis on MapReduceInternational World Wide Web (WWW) Conference, April 2010

  • Zhichun Li, Ming Zhang, Zhaosheng Zhu, Yan Chen, Albert Greenberg, and Yi-Min Wang,

“WebProphet: Automating Performance Prediction for Web Services,” in Proc. USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI '10), April 2010.

  • Fan Guo, Chao Liu, Anitha Kannan, Tom Minka, Michael Taylor, Yi-Min Wang, Christos Faloutsos,

“Click Chain Model in Web Search,” [PDF] in Proc. International World Wide Web (WWW) Conference, 2009

  • Shuo Chen, Ziqing Mao, Yi-Min Wang, Ming Zhang,

“Pretty-Bad-Proxy: An Overlooked Adversary in Browsers’ HTTPS Deployments[PDF] in Proc. IEEE Symp. on Security and Privacy (the Oakland Conference), May 2009

  • Shuo Chen, Jose Meseguer, Ralf Sasse, Helen Wang, and Yi-Min Wang

“A Systematic Approach to Uncover GUI Logic Flaws for Web Security[PDF] in Proc. IEEE Symp. on Security and Privacy (the Oakland Conference), May 2007

  • Samuel T. King, Peter M. Chen, Yi-Min Wang, Chad Verbowski, Helen J. Wang, Jacob R. Lorch,

“SubVirt: Implementing malware with virtual machines[PDF] in Proc. IEEE Symp. on Security and Privacy (the Oakland Conference), May 2006.


Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor

o    IEEE Transactions on Computers, 2007~2010

·         Keynote Speaker

o    SRDS Opening Keynote: Security Challenges in An Increasingly Connected World, September 28, 2009

o    Keynote at Internet Services Workshop: Adversarial Web Crawling with Strider Monkeys, November 6, 2008

o    SSS Opening Keynote: Online Advertising: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, November 17, 2006

·         Program Chair

o    Program Co-Chair, International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC), 2005

o    Program Vice-Chair, Fault Tolerant and Dependable Computing Track, International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS), 2005

o    Program Co-Chair, The 6th Usenix Conference on Object-Oriented Technologies and Systems (COOTS), 2001

·         Program Committee Member

o    International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN), 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2002, 2001, 2000

o    International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS), 2007, 2006, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1995

o    Usenix Security Symposium, 2007

o    Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems (SRDS), 2005

o    International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC), 2004

o    ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC), 2002


Things I like J:

·         Red crabs crossing road on Christmas Island [video]


Other resources:

·         Microsoft Bing Translator























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Conference committee activities



Honors and Awards


Vita (Research)

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Previous Research Projects and Papers

Other Links

·         Yi-Min Wang (王逸民)

·         MSR ISRC

·         MSR-ISRCCrawler

·         Prime Card Restaurants, Prime Card Restaurants Review

·         Overparenting (or direct link: Overparenting)

·         Project 2020 (

·         Mathematical Food for Thought (or direct link: Mathematical Food for Thought)

·         Gaming and Art

·         Advanced Troubleshooting for Windows

·         DSATs

Other Recent Papers

·         E. N. Elnozahy, L. Alvisi, Y. M. Wang , and D. B. Johnson, A Survey of Rollback-Recovery Protocols in Message-passing SystemsACM Computing Surveys, Vol. 34, Issue 3, pp. 375 – 408, Sept. 2002.



















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