Portrait of Darren Edge

Darren Edge



Darren Edge is a Director of Societal Resilience projects at Microsoft Research, where he builds technologies and partnerships to tackle some of the most challenging problems affecting human rights and society.

Darren’s research focus is creating interactive software that empowers domain experts who are not data scientists to view, explore, and make sense of data in ways that inform evidence-based action. His projects take technologies with the potential to transform real-world data work (including methods from Differential Privacy, Graph Statistics, and Causal Inference) and make them available for real-world use through an activity-based design approach (including methods from Visualization, Visual Analytics, and HCI).

  • For an overview of human rights technology to combat human trafficking and exploitation, see this Microsoft Research blog (also covered in TechCrunch and TechRepublic). This work was conducted through Tech Against Trafficking (TAT), in which Darren represents Microsoft as a co-founding member company. A summary of the latest TAT accelerator program can be found in this BSR blog.
  • For an overview of human rights technology to combat corruption, see this Societal Resilience case study. This work was conducted through the Microsoft ACTS initiative, in which Darren represents Microsoft Research as technology partner and helps drive Microsoft engagement with diverse external audiences (including government agencies, development banks, academic researchers, and data providers).
  • For the latest open-source software releases, see Synthetic Data Showcase (an interactive application for private data sharing) and ShowWhy (an interactive application for guided causal inference).

Previously, Darren’s research has aimed to transform a wide range of human activities, including making sense of media and organizations, combating cybercrime and misinformation, preparing for presentations and second language conversations, and managing work tasks through peripheral, tangible, and embodied forms of interaction. He has published broadly in these areas and contributed to Microsoft products including Power BI, PowerPoint, Workplace Analytics, Office Mobile, Bing Search, and Bing Translator.

Darren holds a BA and PhD from the University of Cambridge. He returned to Cambridge in 2016 following eight years as an HCI researcher at Microsoft Research Asia.