Evelyne Viegas is Director of Research Engagement at Microsoft Research. In her current role, she leads initiatives in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Computing Systems, Experiences and AI and Society, working in partnership with the academic research community, and business groups, worldwide. She develops signature programs via research collaborations to drive open innovation.

Prior to her present role, Evelyne worked as a Technical Lead at Microsoft delivering Natural Language Processing components to Office and Windows. Before Microsoft, and after completing her Ph.D. in France, she worked as a Principal Investigator at the Computing Research Laboratory in New Mexico on an ontology-based Machine Translation project. Evelyne serves on international editorial, program and award committees.






Service and Committees

Conference Chair

Workshop Organizer

  • CodaLab for Data-Driven Research – Learn, Share and Collaborate, Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, July 16, 2014 co-organized by Isabelle Guyon, ChaLearn; Percy Liang, Stanford University; Simon Mercer, Microsoft Research; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research.
  • Data-Centric Programming, POPL, San Diego, January 25, 2014; co-organized by Judith Bishop, Microsoft Research; Jeremy Gibbons, University of Oxford; Erik Meijer, Applied Duality; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research
  • Data Driven Functional Programming, POPL, Rome, Italy, January 22, 2013; co-organized by Judith Bishop, Microsoft Research; Karin Breitman, EMC Labs; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research
  •  First Workshop on Programming the Semantic Web, ISWC, Boston, MA, US, November 11, 2012; co-organized by Karin Breitman, EMC Labs; Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz-Landau; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research; Jan Vitek, Purdue University
  • Spelling Alteration for Web Search Workshop, City Center – Bellevue, WA. July 19, 2011; co-organized by Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research; Jianfeng Gao, Microsoft Research; Kuansan Wang, Microsoft Research; Jan Pedersen, Microsoft
  • SIGIR 2010 Web N-gram Workshop, Geneva, Switzerland, July 23, 2010; co-organized by Chengxiang Zhai, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; David Yarowsky, Johns Hopkins University; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research; Kuansan Wang, Microsoft Research; Stephan Vogel, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Workshop on Confidential Data Collection for Innovation Analysis in Organizations 2009, Redmond, Sept 6-7, 2009; co-organized by Nick Bloom, Stanford University; Isabel Cruz, University of Illinois at Chicago; Christian Schunn, University of Pittsburgh; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research. Sponsored by National Science Foundation
  • Beyond Search – Semantic Computing and Internet Economics 2009 Workshop, Redmond, June 10-11, 2009; co-organized by Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research and Ewa Dominowska, OSD – Bing. Sponsored by External Research and OSD-Bing
  • WSDM 2009 Web Search Click Data 2009, Barcelona, Spain, Feb 8, 2009; co-organized by Nick Craswell, Microsoft; Rosie Jones, Yahoo! Labs; Georges Dupret, Yahoo! Labs; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research. Sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Programme Committee Member, Reviewer

  • Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
  • Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
  • Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING): 2014
  • Grace Hopper Conference (GHC): Data Science track (2014)
  • International/European Semantic Web Conference (ISWC/ESWC)
  • Journal of Web Semantics
  • Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • World Wide Web Conference (WWW)

Articles and Papers

Journal Articles and Papers


Evelyne Viegas (1999, 2007) Breadth and Depth of Semantic Lexicons. Kluwer Academic Press.

Pierrette Bouillon, Laurence Jacqmin, Graham Russell, Lyne Da Sylva, Francoise Vandooren and Evelyne Viegas (1998) Traitement automatique des langues naturelles. Textbook on Natural Language Processing. Editions Duculot, Deboeck et Larcier, 1998, Paris, Bruxelles.

Patrick Saint-Dizier and Evelyne Viegas (1995, 2005) Computational Lexical Semantics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press



  • CodaLab – an open-source platform to conduct data- and computation-intensive experiments
  • Try F# – a web-based unique information-rich programming experience
  • Web N-gram Services – a cloud-based platform to drive discovery and innovation in data-driven research
  • Speller Challenge – Congratulations to all winners