EPIC innovates at the nexus of hardware, software, and human potential.

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The EPIC (Extended Perception, Interaction & Cognition) Research Group is an interdisciplinary group of researchers, engineers, scientists, and designers at Microsoft Research who address fundamental issues in Human-Computer Interaction through prototyping, system-building, design sketching, and observational study of human behavior.

We engage in epic research that empowers people to visualize and interact with the world through technology.

And indeed our interest is not in computer “input” or “output” or any such traditional — but completely artificial — silos of technology. Rather, we pursue the holistic combination of perception, and interaction, and the profound influence that such perception-action couplings can have on the cognitive aspects of user experiences.

Indeed, much of the activity of the group stems from the belief that such design approaches can lead to break-through simplification, and enrichment, of user interfaces while simultaneously extending the expressiveness, insight, and memorability of technology-mediated experiences.

As such the EPIC group’s research spans input and interaction techniques, fundamental issues in perceptual psychology and sociology, appropriate feedback through visualization and haptic display, all the way up to design approaches that encourage higher-level chunking of actions, uninterrupted flow, and a strong sense of agency in user experiences. Furthermore, these experiences involve the tools that people use, the locations that they inhabit, and the social constructs that surround each and every one of us. Hence our ambition is a notion of extended intelligence that is not only embodied in human capabilities, and augmented by technologies, but ecological in scope.

Unlike many other groups at Microsoft Research and in academia, the research pursued by the team does not revolve around any particular technology, interaction modality, form-factor, or methodology. While we probe particular hardware verticals at times—such as mobiles, pen and touch, augmented reality, large displays, and the like—our motivation is always to gain fresh insights and perspectives that challenge our notions of what human experiences with technology can or should be.




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Bill Buxton

Partner Researcher

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James Devine


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Mar Gonzalez Franco

Principal Researcher

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Nathalie Henry Riche


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Ken Hinckley

Senior Principal Research Manager

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Steve Hodges

Senior Principal Researcher

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Bongshin Lee

Sr. Principal Researcher

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Eyal Ofek

Principal Researcher

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Michel Pahud

Principal Research Software Development Engineer

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Mike Sinclair

Senior Principal Researcher

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John Thompson

Post Doc Researcher

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Andy Wilson

Partner Research Manager

Previous Members and Visitors

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Anthony Steed

Visiting Researcher 2018

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Antonella Maselli

Visiting Researcher 2019

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Christopher Berger

Visiting Researcher 2020

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Gregory Dane Clemenson

Visiting Researcher 2019

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Matthew Brehmer


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Nicolai Marquardt

Visiting Researcher 2020