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

Overview

Microsoft Research New England (MSR-NE) was founded in July 2008 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 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.

Publications

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2014

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

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2011

Dueling Algorithms
Nicole Immorlica, Adam Kalai, Brendan Lucier, Ankur Moitra, Andrew Postlewaite, Moshe Tennenholtz, in Proceedings of the forty-second annual ACM symposium on the Theory of Computing (STOC), 2011, ACM Press, June 6, 2011, View abstract, Download PDF

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Past Events

2016

Workshop on Local Algorithms

Microsoft Research New England and MIT, Cambridge, MA | October 2016

The Workshop on Local Algorithms (WoLA) was the first in its series, and featured longer talks that, in part, survey approaches by various communities, as well as short, focused talks on recent, exciting results.

New England Machine Learning Day 2016

Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, MA | May 2016

The fifth annual New England Machine Learning Day was held on Friday, May 6th, 2016, at Microsoft Research New England. The event brought together local academics and researchers in machine learning and its applications.

2015

Computational Aspects of Biological Information 2015

Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, MA | December 2015

Computational Aspects of Biological Information (CABI) 2015 was the third one-day workshop on challenges and successes in computational biology and brought together experts in the Boston/Cambridge area to discuss computational solutions to problems in biology, including systems biology, genomics, and related areas.

2015 Charles River Lectures on Probability Theory and Related Topics

Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, MA | October 2015

Jointly organized by Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Microsoft Research New England, the Charles River Lectures on Probability and Related Topics is a one-day event for the benefit of the greater Boston area mathematics community.

Designing the Digital Economy

Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, MA | October 2015

Designing the Digital Economy (DDE) is a day-and-a-half long conference bringing leading economists to Microsoft Research New England’s interdisciplinary economics research environment to discuss the new market designs technology is enabling.

MIT-MSR Machine Learning Seminar

Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, MA | October 2015

The MIT-MSR ML Seminar is a seminar series highlighting recent advances in Machine Learning that meets roughly once per month. Local and visiting researchers will speak about their work. The agenda typically consists of a prepared presentation, followed by a period of questions and discussion. The seminar is aimed at an audience of machine learning researchers and graduate students.

New England Machine Learning Day 2015

Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, MA | May 2015

The fourth annual New England Machine Learning Day was held on Monday, May 18th, 2015, at Microsoft Research New England. The event brought together local academics and researchers in machine learning and its applications.

2014

Computational Biology Seminar Series

Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, MA | June 2014

An occasional forum for delivering academic computational biology talks. All talks are open to the public.

LampsonFest

Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, MA | February 2014

On February 13, 2014, we celebrated Butler Lampson’s 70 years with a day of exciting talks revisiting the history of computer systems and talking about issues of current concern. Butler spent many years, at Xerox PARC, at DEC, and now at Microsoft, transforming computer systems. His vision led to the first personal computer, to Internet protocols, to modern text processing systems and much more. He has won numerous awards for his work including the Turing Award in 1992.

2013

Computational Aspects of Biological Information 2013

Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, MA | December 2013

Computational Aspects of Biological Information (CABI) 2013 is a one day workshop on challenges in computational biology. CABI 2013 will be held at Microsoft Research New England on December 16, 2013 and will bring together experts in the Boston/Cambridge area to discuss computational solutions to problems in systems biology, genomics, and related areas.

MSRNE 5th Anniversary Symposium

Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, MA | October 2013

Since its founding in 2008, Microsoft Research New England has pursued new, interdisciplinary areas of research that bring together traditional mathematical sciences, such as theoretical computer science, machine learning, physics, and mathematics itself, with other sciences, including social sciences such as empirical economics, sociology, and psychology, and the biological and biomedical sciences.

New England Machine Learning Day 2013

Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, MA | May 2013

The second New England Machine Learning Day was held May 1st, 2013, at Microsoft Research New England. The event brought together local academics and researchers in machine learning and its applications.

2012

Charles River Lectures on Probability and Related Topics

Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, MA | October 2012

Jointly organized by Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Microsoft Research New England, the Charles River Lectures on Probability and Related Topics, is a one-day event for the benefit of the greater Boston area mathematics community.

Predicting and Understanding the 2012 Election

Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, MA | October 2012

A academic lectures of broad interest, in which David Rothschild discusses that for over 75 years, forecasting of elections has been static; ask a random sample of representative group of voters who they would vote for if the election were held today and report the poll result?

New England Machine Learning Day 2012

Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, MA | May 2012

The first New England Machine Learning Day was held May 16, 2012, at Microsoft Research New England. The event brought together local academics and researchers in machine learning and its applications.

ORCID Outreach Meeting May 2012

Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, MA | May 2012

Name ambiquity and attrition are persistent, critical problems embedded in the scholarly research ecosystem. The Open Researcher & Contributor ID (ORCID) initiative represents a community effort to establish an open, independent registry that is adopted and embraced as the industry’s de facto standard.

2011

Soc.Digital Mixer

Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, MA | May 2011

The Soc.Digital Mixer aims to connect scholars researching digital media communication and information technologies, particularly those studying social media from a qualitative perspective.

Soc.Digital Grad Student Meetup

Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, MA | May 2011

Microsoft Research New England’s Social Media Research Collective cordially invites digital media students in town for the International Communication Association Meetings to join us for an informal evening of conversation and collaboration.

Hot Apps: Queering Location/Mobilizing Media Design

Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, MA | April 2011

A Workshop Sponsored by the Social Media Collective @ Microsoft Research New England organized to think about what it means to “queer” the spatial and technological assumptions embedded in the industry shift toward mobile digital networks.

2010

Computational Aspects of Biological Information 2010

Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, MA | December 2010

Computational Aspects of Biological Information (C.A.B.I. 2010) is a one day workshop on challenges in computational biology. C.A.B.I. 2010 will be held at Microsoft Research New England on December 9, 2010 and will bring together experts in the Boston/Cambridge area to discuss computational and modeling challenges in biology with a focus on systems biology, phylogeny and neuroscience. The workshop is open to everyone and registration is free of charge.

2008

Microsoft Research New England Opening

Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, MA | September 2008

Microsoft Research New England is Microsoft’s sixth basic research lab worldwide, pursues interdisciplinary collaborations between core computer scientists and social scientists to explore how computing and online experiences will evolve. The lab’s opening symposium, held September 22, 2008, inaugurated a long-term partnership with institutions in a uniquely dynamic research environment

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