Human Experience & Design

Established: June 10, 2005


We’ve moved!

We have a brand new website showcasing the work, publications and people in HXD.
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Physical Charts

Established: September 23, 2014

The physical charts are an attempt to make data and data visualisations legible to ordinary people in their daily lives. In response to the increasing sophistication of data visualisations and the seemingly unquestioning quest for novelty, the charts make playful…


Established: July 10, 2014

Climatology gives you climate information for anywhere on Earth: temperature, rain and sunniness. Whether finding where are the warm, dry places to go on holiday in December, or avoiding rain for your wedding, to finding out what the climate is…

The Future of Writing

Established: November 16, 2011

The Future of Writing was a design project commisioned by Microsoft Research Cambridge and the Microsoft Office team, in the summer of 2011, from the Royal College of Art in London. In this project five teams of design alumni from…

Touchless Interaction in Medical Imaging

Established: November 16, 2011

This project explores the use of new touchless technology in medical practice. With advances in medical imaging over the years, surgical procedures have become increasingly reliant on a range of digital imaging systems for navigation, reference, diagnosis and documentation. The…

Things We’ve Learnt About…

Established: August 3, 2011

"Things We've Learnt About.." is a regular publication from the Socio-Digital Systems team that summarises our work around a specific theme in a way that we hope is interesting, insightful and inspirational. And most importantly, succinct. The magazine is available…

A Memory Making System

Established: May 10, 2010

This system, created in the Socio-Digital Systems group, examines the issue of family archiving and presents a system designed to enable families to capture, manage, create and store new kinds of digital memorabilia. The system, using Microsoft Surface as its hub,…


PhD Summer School brings top students to Cambridge

By Scarlet Schwiderski-Grosche, Senior Research Program Manager Pivoting from the Old World charm of High Tea to contemplating a dystopian AI-dominated future was among the many experiences facing more than 80 doctoral students at the PhD Summer School, held July 4–8…

August 2016

Microsoft Research Blog

CHI 2013: an Immersive Event

Springtime in Paris this year sees the Association for Computing Machinery’s 31st Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) in full swing from April 27 through May 2, welcoming experts and students from more than 60 countries. A large…

April 2013

Microsoft Research Blog

Kinect Launches a Surgical Revolution

By Douglas Gantenbein, Senior Writer, Microsoft News Center Medical imaging today gives surgeons an ability to obtain a virtual peek inside the human body in a way that rivals the campy 1966 movie Fantastic Voyage, in which a team of…

June 2012

Microsoft Research Blog