Portrait of Darren Edge

Darren Edge

UX Architect

About

I am an HCI researcher and UX architect in MSR Special Projects at Microsoft Research Cambridge. From 2008-2015,  I was a researcher in the Human-Computer Interaction group at Microsoft Research Asia.

My design-oriented research approach combines both empirical and abstract analysis of significant life activities, with a view to developing interactive systems that transform those activities for the better. In my work to date, this has led me to explore how technology can support learning and communication across a variety of domains, including second language learning, social exertion gaming, working at a desk, and presenting to an audience.

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Prior to joining Microsoft, I spent seven years at the University of Cambridge. I graduated BA in 2004 (Computer Science Tripos Parts I & II and Management Studies Tripos Part II) and PhD in 2008 (supervised by Alan Blackwell in the Rainbow Group at the Computer Laboratory). My PhD dissertation was the first work to explore the concept of “peripheral interaction” with objects on the boundary of a user’s attention, and much of my ongoing work uses variations of this idea (e.g., mobile microlearning) to weave multiple meaningful activities into the ebb and flow of everyday life.