Established: February 6, 2012


The MSR neXus Research Team explores systems that help connect people, places, and devices. The Nexus group merges research in Computer Supported Collaborative Work, Computational Social Science, and Information Visualization to support rich connections across a variety of dimensions, including individual and community interactions, co-located and distributed collaboration; ambient and interactive visualization; and awareness displays.




















MIPAD: A Multimodal Interactive Prototype
Xuedong Huang, Alex Acero, C. Chelba, Li Deng, Jasha Droppo, D. Duchene, J. Goodman, Hsiao-Wuen Hon, D. Jacoby, L. Jiang, Ricky Loynd, Milind Mahajan, P. Mau, S. Meredith, S. Mughal, S. Neto, M. Plumpe, K. Steury, Gina Venolia, Kuansan Wang, Ye-Yi Wang, in International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., January 1, 2001, View abstract, Download PDF







Microsoft Research study of social media in protests

Established: February 23, 2017

We are the neXus team within Microsoft Research, and we are conducting a research investigation into the use of social media in public protests. As part of this investigation, we would like to collect information from people who use social media to share activities from the protest to remote people, or use social media to remotely view and participate in protests. As part of this investigation, we would like to learn from people who use…

As we May Ink?

Established: January 6, 2015

As We May Ink? Learning from Everyday Analog Pen Use to Improve Digital Ink Experiences Abstract This project sheds light on gaps and discrepancies between the experiences afforded by analog pens and their digital counterparts. Despite the long history (and recent renaissance) of digital pens, the literature still lacks a comprehensive survey of what types of marks people make and what motivates them to use ink—both analog and digital—in daily life. To capture the diversity…

Microtasks and Microproductivity

Established: January 1, 2015

As people's time becomes increasingly fragmented, getting tasks accomplished becomes more and more challenging. In this project we are investigating ways of decomposing larger tasks into smaller microtasks that leverage the micromoments that exist sporadically during a person's day. Our goal is to provide new ways of accomplished smaller goals that contribute towards larger productivity, in addition or as an alternative to setting aside large chunks of uninterrupted time. Currently we are focusing on writing as an…

Human Data Interaction for Self-Monitoring

Established: September 28, 2012

Empowering people to improve their lives by fully leveraging the data about themselves   In recent years, we have witnessed rapid advancements in consumer health technologies. People are also increasingly tracking personal health data outside the clinic using wearable sensing devices and mobile health applications. For example, we have observed the rise of the Quantified Self (QS) movement, which aims to improve health, maximize work performance, and find new life experiences through self-tracking. While people…

Data-Driven Storytelling

Established: May 14, 2012

Practitioners increasingly use visualizations “in the wild” to tell compelling stories supported by data, and continually develop novel techniques that help integrate data visualization into narrative stories. The visualization research community has recently begun to pay more attention to the need and use of visualization as a storytelling medium to tell engaging visual data-driven stories.  In addition to understanding the data story creation process and the techniques used in successful data stories, we explore ways…

Productivity and Wellbeing in the Workplace

Established: January 1, 2012

As a leader in the productivity tools space, Microsoft is well positioned to make positive impact on people's well being by designing tools to encourage healthier life styles that also positively affect productivity and lower stress. Our team of researchers has been investigating how online and offline social interactions of information workers affect their productivity and sense of wellbeing. We have also looked at patterns of sleep, diet and exercise and overall healthiness as well as…

IntelliDrive – Intelligent Management of Attention in Automotive Environments

Established: January 1, 2009

Driver attention is a valuable commodity in maintaining driving safety. However, with the proliferation of many interactive devices that place demands on the driver's attention while driving, effectively allocating attention with the primary goal of managing driving safety presents substantial challenges. With the promise of having semi-autonomous vehicles on the road in the near future followed by a transition to fully autonomous vehicles, we are entering an exciting period of exploration and understanding how drivers adapt to unpredictable demands…


Microsoft Research Sends 3 to CHI Academy

Posted by Rob Knies  Each year, SIGCHI, the international society for professionals, academics, and students interested in human technology and human-computer interaction (HCI), announces a short list of individuals who have been elected to the CHI Academy. You might wonder: How are the recipients notified? Oscar winners get the drama of a famous celebrity who tears open an envelope, bends into a microphone, and intones a name. Nobel laureates get an early-morning phone call…

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