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Research in Software Engineering (RiSE)


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Microsoft Research blog



Our mission is to make everyone a programmer and maximize the productivity of every programmer. This will democratize computing to empower every person and every organization to achieve more. We achieve our vision through open-ended fundamental research in programming languages, software engineering, and automated reasoning. We strongly believe in pushing our research to its logical extreme to positively impact people’s lives.


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Scholarly publications


Foundations of Correctness

Formal Methods

Ivy, Lean, Z3Symbolic Automata

Programming Languages

F*, Koka, P

Software Productivity

Debugging and Testing

Time travel debugging, automated test generation

Program Analysis

Corral, Duality, Angelic Verification, SymDiff

Empirical Software Engineering

Software Reliability, Software Process, Empirical Studies

Systems at Scale

Cloud Correctness

Network Verification

Working with Big Data

Parade, Tempe, Trill, Uncertainty

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In the news

Ben Zorn and Tom Ball hosted the Pacific Northwest Programming Languages and Software Engineering workshop at Microsoft Research Redmond in Building 99 on May 14, 2018.

Microsoft Research received the 2016 IEEE Technical Council on Software Engineering (TCSE) Distinguished Synergy Award “presented annually to a team for outstanding and/or sustained contributions that stand as a model in the software engineering community of effective partnership between industry and universities.”

CRA Women Celebrates Women’s History Month features interview with Kathryn McKinley

Project Premonition aims to use mosquitoes, drones, cloud computing to prevent disease outbreaks  [video]  [article]



Skolem Award – CADE-21 (2007): Leonardo de Moura and Nikolaj BjørnerEfficient E-Matching for SMT Solvers


Mining Software Repositories’ 2016 Most Influential Paper Award for Mining Email Social Networks by Christian Bird, Alex Gourley, Prem Devanbu, Michael Gertz, Anand Swaminathan

ICSE 2016 Distinguished Paper Award for Guiding Dynamic Symbolic Execution Toward Unverified Program Executions by Maria Christakis and co-authors

Maria Christakis‘s Ph.D. thesis was nominated by ETH for the Gesellschaft für Informatik prize for best dissertation


ESEC/FSE 2015 Distinguished Paper, How Practitioners Perceive the Relevance of Software Engineering Research, David Lo, Nachi Nagappan, Thomas Zimmermann

SIGPLAN Research Highlight (May 2015), Parallelizing dynamic programming through rank convergence, Saeed Maleki, Madanlal MusuvathiTodd Mytkowicz

Nachi Nagappan named a 2015 ACM Distinguished Scientist

The 2015 ACM Programming Languages Software Award goes to Christoph Wintersteiger, Leonardo de Moura, and Nikolaj Bjorner of MSR for their foundational work on the Z3 automated theorem prover, which powers several generations of testing, analysis and verification tools.

Guiness Book of World Records: The most people trained in computer programming in 8 hours was achieved at the 2015 Microsoft Imagine Coding Camp, an event organized by Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, WA, USA on 30 July 2015 (using

SIGPLAN PLDI 2015 Distinguished Artifact Award, FlashRelate: extracting relational data from semi-structured spreadsheets using examples, Daniel W. Barowy, Sumit Gulwani, Ted Hart, and Benjamin Zorn


2014 CAV Award “For the development of partial-order reduction algorithms for efficient state-space exploration of concurrent systems”, Patrice Godefroid, Doron Peled, Antti Valmari, Pierre Wolper

ICSE 2014 Most Influential Paper Award, Mining Version Histories to Guide Software Changes, Thomas Zimmermann, Peter Weissgerber, Stephan Diehl and Andreas Zeller

“Uncertain: A First-Order Type for Uncertain Data,” J. Bornholt, T. Mytkowicz, and K.S. McKinley, ASPLOS 2014, selected for ACM SIGPLAN Research Highlights, November 2014.

FMCAD Best Paper Award. Akash Lal and Shaz Qadeer, A Program Transformation for Faster Goal-Directed Search, in Formal Methods in Computer-Aided Design (FMCAD), FMCAD, October 2014.

2014 ACM SIGMETRICS Test of Time Award, for Kathryn McKinley’s paper “Myths and Realities: The Performance Impact of Garbage Collection” co-authored with Steve Blackburn and Perry Cheng which appeared originally in SIGMETRICS June 2004.

FSE 2014 Distinguished Paper: Miltiadis Allamanis, Earl T. Barr, Christian Bird, and Charles Sutton, Learning Natural Coding Conventions

FSE 2014 Distinguished Paper: Akask Lal, Shaz Qadeer, Powering the Static Driver Verifier using Corral