MSRA Theory

Established: February 6, 2007


MSRA Theory Group aims at advancing the foundation of computer science and its intersection with other disciplines such as game theory, economics, social networks, optimization and statistical physics. We collaborate with other researchers and engineers to solve challenging algorithmic and analytical problems in both theory and practice. Currently, our research areas include computational aspects of social and information networks, algorithmic game theory, mechanism design, online learning, algorithm and complexity, and distributed computing.

News and Events

  • Survey: “社交网络影响力传播研究”. 陈卫,大数据,第三期,2015Wei Chen. Research on influence diffusion in social networks. Big Data Research, No. 3, 2015 (in Chinese).
  • Pinyan Lu received the 2014 Young Scientist Award from Chinese Computer Federation.
  • Book: “Information and Influence Propagation in Social Networks“, Morgan & Claypool, 2013.
  • KDD 2012 Tutorial: Infomation and influence spread in social networks, Carlos Castillo, Wei Chen and Laks V. S. Laksshamanan. Aug. 12, 2012
  • TKDD CASIN special issue: ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data special issue on Computational Aspects of Social and Information Networks. Guest editors: Wei Chen and Jie Tang.
  • CASIN’2011: International Workshop on Computational Aspects of Social and Information Networks, July 20-22, 2011. Coorganized by MSRA and Tsinghua University.
  • Monthly TCS Seminar at Yangtze Area
  • Theory Seminar
  • MSRA Theory Workshop, April 2008

Visitors and Collaborators

  • Dr. Zhi Yang, Peking University
  • Prof. Xiaotie Deng, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Dr. Yitong Yin, Nanjing University, China
  • Dr. Michael Mahoney, Stanford University, USA
  • Prof. Bin Yu, University of California at Berkeley, USA
  • Dr. David Xiao, Universite Paris-Sud, France
  • Dr. Ning Chen, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Dr. Peng Zhang, Shandong University, China
  • Prof. Jin-Yi Cai, University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA
  • Dr. Li Zhang, Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, USA
  • Prof. Shang-Hua Teng, University of Southern California, USA
  • Prof. John Hopcroft, Cornell University, USA
  • Prof. Yanhong Annie Liu, State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA
  • Dr. Heiko Roglin, Post-doc of Boston University, USA
  • Dr. Cynthia Dwork, Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, USA
  • Dr. Xiangyang Li, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
  • Prof. Jeong Han Kim, Yonsei University, Korea

Joining Us

We are welcoming applications to our full-time employee positions and regular internship positions. We are also welcoming visiting researchers from academia and industry to visit our group, for days, weeks, or longer period of time. If you are interested in joining our theory group, please send email to Wei Chen at