Darren is a Director in the Special Projects organization of Microsoft AI & Research. His applied research aims to transform the human side of data work, with a focus on how machine learning and data visualization can illuminate complex phenomena of critical importance to business, science, and society. Current application areas for his team include news and search analytics, organizational science and neuroscience, and defence against cybercrime and human trafficking.
Previously, Darren conducted fundamental research in Human-Computer Interaction at Microsoft Research Asia, where he explored the use of emerging technologies to transform how people work towards their personal and professional goals. His award-winning papers helped to establish multiple enduring research areas on the topics of microlearning for second language acquisition, exertion gaming for health and fitness, assisted preparation for visual presentations, and peripheral interaction for desk work.
Darren holds a BA and PhD from the University of Cambridge.