Microsoft Research Lab – Cambridge

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“At Microsoft Research in Cambridge, our mission is to transform the world through deep research. We do this by working together in an interdisciplinary way, in close collaboration with the broader Microsoft business, to ensure that we are designing robust and trusted technologies to empower millions of people worldwide. To truly understand how we can empower others, we need to put the people at the centre of what we do. In a hybrid world the dynamics of how we work, communicate and feel a sense of connection with others is evolving, which is a significant opportunity for our research. I am proud to be part of a team who is so enthusiastically committed to exploring and pushing the boundaries for the benefit of our society.”

Abigail Sellen, Distinguished Scientist and Lab Director, Microsoft Research Cambridge

Transforming the world through deep research

Please see below for information about our themes. Click on each to explore more about the people, research and impact.

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Cloud Systems Futures 

Cloud computing relies on cloud infrastructure keeping pace with its massive scale and unending increase in demand. However, the continued doubling of infrastructure performance generation after generation is becoming harder to sustain, particularly when coupled with the need for extremely…

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Confidential Computing 

Security and privacy are arguably the most significant concerns for enterprises and consumers using public cloud platforms. The confidential computing theme at Microsoft Research Cambridge has been conducting pioneering research in the design of systems that guarantee strong security and…

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Future of Work 

Work is becoming more flexible, organic, responsive, and adaptive. The pace of work is speeding up and we now have a deluge of information at our fingertips.  The places we work are no longer fixed, and the platforms and tools…