Microsoft Research Lab – New England

Microsoft Research Lab – New England

Established 2008

“Microsoft Research New England focuses on interdisciplinary work, integrating the more mathematical and algorithmic sciences with both the social sciences and aspects of the biomedical sciences. Our work includes applied projects in areas such as economics, social media, and health care, as well as more theoretical projects in areas such as mathematics and cryptography. The researchers in our lab collaborate closely with the vibrant local academic community. Our primary goal is to advance the state of the art in interdisciplinary research, and our research also enhances Microsoft products and services both through direct transfer of technology and through impact on Microsoft strategy.”

— Jennifer Chayes, Managing Director, Microsoft Research New England


Microsoft Research New England (MSR-NE) was founded in July 2008 in Cambridge, Mass., by Managing Director Jennifer Tour Chayes and Deputy Managing Director Christian Borgs.

The New England lab builds on Microsoft’s commitment to collaborate with the broader research community and pursues new, interdisciplinary areas of research that bring together core computer scientists and social scientists to understand, model, and enable computing and online experiences of the future.

As part of the company’s open research environment, MSR-NE supports the academic tradition of hosting colloquia, seminar series, and special events that contribute to the intellectual commons. Hundreds from the local academic community have joined to speak at or attend these events, and the lab had more than 350 academic visitors this past year, many of whom have engaged deeply with other Microsoft Research researchers and with our product groups.

The lab supports a core team of established researchers, as well as a large group of postdocs, interns and distinguished visiting faculty members.



Keyword: Algorithm
Tarleton Gillespie, in Digital Keywords: A Vocabulary of Information Society and Culture (Ben Peters, ed.), Princeton UP, June 1, 2016, View abstract



The Relevance of Algorithms
Tarleton Gillespie, Tarleton, Gillespie, in Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society (Tarleton Gillespie, Pablo Boczkowski, and Kirsten Foot, eds.), MIT Press, January 1, 2014, View abstract








Microsoft Research Colloquium

Microsoft Research New England | July 2016

The Microsoft Research Colloquium at Microsoft Research New England focuses on research in the foundational aspects of computer science, mathematics, economics, anthropology, and sociology. With an interdisciplinary flavor, this colloquium series features some of the foremost researchers in their fields talking about their research, breakthroughs, and advances.