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

2016

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

2015

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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Events

Computational Aspects of Biological Information 2016

Cambridge, MA, USA | November 2016

Computational Aspects of Biological Information (CABI) 2016 is the fourth one-day workshop on challenges and successes in computational biology. CABI 2016 will be held at Microsoft Research New England on November 30, 2016 and will bring together experts in the Boston/Cambridge area to discuss computational solutions to problems in biology, including systems biology, genomics, and related areas. The workshop is open to everyone and registration is free of charge.

Joint Combinatorics Seminar with MIT

September 2016

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 […]

Game Theory & Computation Seminar Series

Cambridge, MA | September 2013

The Game Theory and Computation Seminar is a weekly theory seminar series, highlighting recent advances in economic theory and computer science. The range of topics includes algorithmic game theory, market design, microeconomic theory, social network theory, and other topics related to game theory and computation.

Workshop on Local Algorithms

Cambridge, MA, USA | October 2016

Registration: by invite only Venue: October 14, 2016 Microsoft Research New England Cambridge, MA 02142 October 15, 2016 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 02139 Contact us: If you have any questions regarding this event please send email to WOLA2016@microsoft.com

Microsoft Research Colloquium

Microsoft Research New England | October 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.

Projects

FaST-LMM

Established: January 1, 2011

FaST-LMM (Factored Spectrally Transformed Linear Mixed Models) is a set of tools for performing efficient genome-wide association studies (GWAS) on large data sets. FaST-LMM runs on both Windows and Linux, and has been tested on data sets with over one…

Computational Biology at MSR New England

Established: January 1, 2011

Computational challenges have become more and more important to infer biologically relevant information from the vast amount of experimental data available to systems biologists. We encompass several approaches to computational biology: we try to frame the biological question under…

Social Media Collective

Established: July 6, 2010

Over the last decade, social media has become a central part of people's engagement with technology. From email to Twitter, mobile phones to Facebook, people are using a vast array of social technologies as a part of their daily lives.…

Posts

Leslie Lamport Receives Turing Award

Leslie Lamport first began dabbling in computers while he was still in high school. Nothing too unusual about that—until you consider that this was in the mid-1950s. Lamport was attending the Bronx High School of Science in New York, and…

March 2014

Microsoft Research Blog

Top Researchers Inspire Interns

By Janie Chang, Writer, Microsoft Research Each summer, Microsoft Research facilities from around the world welcome a fresh crop of interns. Microsoft Research considers the intern program a vital part of its interactions with the academic world, with some facilities…

August 2011

Microsoft Research Blog

Past Events

2016

New England Machine Learning Day 2016

Microsoft Research New England, Horace Mann Conference Room | May 2016

The fifth annual New England Machine Learning Day will be Friday, May 6th, 2016, at Microsoft Research New England, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142. The event will bring together local academics and researchers in machine learning and its applications.

2015

Computational Aspects of Biological Information 2015

Cambridge, MA, USA | December 2015

Where: Microsoft Research New England Horace Mann Conference Room First Floor Conference Center One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA Contact: Please email the conference organizers at cabi2015@microsoft.com.

2015 Charles River Lectures on Probability Theory and Related Topics

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

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

Cambridge, MA | October 2015

Where: MIT Stata Center 32 Vassar St Cambridge, MA Arrival Guidance For talks at Microsoft Research, be prepared to show a picture ID and sign the Building Visitor Log when approaching the Lobby Floor Security Desk.

New England Machine Learning Day 2015

Cambridge, MA | May 2015

Venue: Microsoft Research New England Horace Mann Conference Room First Floor Conference Center One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

2014

Computational Biology Seminar Series

Cambridge, MA | June 2014

Where: Microsoft Research New England First Floor Conference Center One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

LampsonFest

Cambridge, MA | February 2014

Butler has 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

Cambridge, MA | December 2013

Venue: Microsoft Research New England Horace Mann Conference Room First Floor Conference Center One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

MSRNE 5th Anniversary Symposium

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, Horace Mann Conference Room | May 2013

The second New England Machine Learning Day will be held May 1st, 2013, from 10:00am-5:00pm at Microsoft Research New England, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142. The event will bring together local academics and researchers in machine learning and its applications.

2012

Charles River Lectures on Probability and Related Topics

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

Cambridge, MA | October 2012

Venue: Microsoft New England Research & Development Center 11th Floor Commons One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA Arrival Guidance: Upon arrival, be prepared to show a picture ID and sign the Building Visitor Log when approaching the Lobby Floor Security Desk. Questions?

New England Machine Learning Day 2012

May 2012

The first New England Machine Learning Day will be held May 16th, 2012, from 9:50am-5:40pm at Microsoft Research New England, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02138. The event will bring together local academics and researchers in machine learning and its applications. There will be a lively poster session during lunch.

ORCID Outreach Meeting May 2012

Cambridge, MA, U.S. | May 2012

Event Website: Learn more Contact: For questions about this or any other ORCID event, please contact community@orcid.org.

2011

Soc.Digital Mixer

Cambridge, MA, U.S. | May 2011

Venue: Microsoft Research New England First Floor Conference Center One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA Questions? Please send an email to the organizing committee.

Soc.Digital Grad Student Meetup

Cambridge, MA, U.S. | May 2011

Venue: Microsoft Research New England First Floor Conference Center One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA Questions? Please send an email to the organizing committee.

Hot Apps: Queering Location/Mobilizing Media Design

Cambridge, MA, U.S. | April 2011

Venue: Microsoft Research New England First Floor Conference Center One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA Questions? Please send an email to the organizing committee.

2010

Computational Aspects of Biological Information 2010

Cambridge, MA, U.S. | December 2010

Venue: Microsoft Research New England Horace Mann Conference Room First Floor Conference Center One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA Questions? Please send an email to  the organizing committee. Flyer can be downloaded here.

2008

Microsoft Research New England Opening

Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. | 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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