Portrait of James Scott

James Scott

Principal Program Manager


Since 2016 I have been working on Azure Sphere, a new, highly secured internet of things platform. I joined Azure Sphere when it was a Microsoft Research incubation known as Codename 4×4 and have been with the team from research project all the way through to being a full-fledged Microsoft product.

Prior to joining Azure Sphere, I was a principal researcher in the Sensors and Devices Group at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK. I joined Microsoft in 2007, having worked at Intel Research from 2003 to 2006. I received my PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2002.

My research interests include many aspects of ubiquitous and pervasive computing such as new sensors and devices, mobile interaction, wireless and mobile networking, energy management, rapid prototyping, the internet of things, and security and privacy.

Much of my work has been published, with over 50 peer-reviewed academic papers. I have also filed over 60 patents. I was honoured to receive the ACM SIGMOBILE Test of Time award in 2016. I have served as the steering committee chair of ACM UbiComp, as well as on program committees for UbiComp, Pervasive, MobiSys and CHI, and as an editorial board member for IEEE Pervasive Computing, and I am a founding editor of the journal PACM IMWUT.

Contact me at jws@microsoft.com.

Interns/Post Docs Supervised

At Intel Research

At Microsoft Research

Professional Activities

Excluding reviews, workshop committee and organising committee roles

Editor, Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (PACM IMWUT) – submission deadlines every 15 Nov, Feb, May, Aug

Guest editor, IEEE Pervasive Computing Special Issue on Domestic Pervasive Computing

Program Committee member, UbiComp 2015 (and 2009, 2012-13)

Program Committee member, MobiSys 2015 (and 2007, 2011)

Expert panel member, UK Govt Chief Scientific Advisor review of Internet of Things, 2014

Editorial board member, IEEE Pervasive Computing, 2014-

Program Committee chair, UbiComp 2014

Associate Chair, CHI 2014

Organiser, UbiComp 2013 HomeSys workshop

Steering Committee chair, UbiComp and Pervasive conference series, 2011-2013

Program Committee member, HotMobile 2013

Program Committee member, Pervasive 2011 (and 2007-2010)

Steering Committee chair, UbiComp conference series, 2009-2011

Member, EPSRC Peer Review College since 2006

Program Committee member, LoCA 2009

Program Committee member, PerCom 2009

Program Committee member, CCNC 2009

Program Committee member, EuroSSC 2008

Program Committee chair, UbiComp 2008

Program Committee member, Internet of Things Conference 2008

Steering Committee member, Challenged Networks workshop series

Program Committee member, MASS 2007

Program Committee member, Mobiquitous 2007

Organiser, SIGCOMM 2006 Workshop on Challenged Networks (CHANTS 06)

Organiser, 2003 Workshop on Location-Aware Computing

Senior Member, ACM and Member, IEEE