Portrait of Denae Ford Robinson

Denae Ford Robinson

Senior Researcher


I am a Senior Researcher in the Software Analysis and Intelligence (SAINTes) Team at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA, USA.

I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science and Graduate Minor in Cognitive Science at North Carolina State University where I was advised by Chris Parnin. My dissertation identified the cognitive and social barriers to participating in online socio-technical ecosystems. Specifically, I outlined a framework of how to use “Identity-Based Signals and E-Mentorship to Support Engagement in Online Programming Communities.”

My current research focuses on how to build empathetic mechanisms for software engineers to collaborate globally through an extended cultural lens.

*I publish under my pen name: Denae Ford.

You can find out more about me on my personal webpage.