Portrait of Ken Woodberry

Ken Woodberry

Deputy Managing Director MSR NExT OS Tech


Ken Woodberry is Deputy Managing Director of the OS Technology Group within MSR NExT.

Previously, Ken was Deputy Managing Director at Microsoft’s Cambridge Research Lab with responsibility for the lab’s business-facing activities, including technology transfer, incubation, licensing, spin-outs, and other models for utilising the intellectual property generated by the lab’s research groups.

In addition, Ken headed the Computer-Mediated Living research group which he founded in 2003 and which grew to include both the Sensors and Devices  group and what became the Human Experience and Design group.  CML’s vision was fundamentally interdisciplinary, bringing together hardware engineering, computer science, psychology, sociology and design to address the problem of designing innovative technology to support everyday life in its widest sense.  Ken’s personal research interests include human-computer interaction, information retrieval, digital media management, and ubiquitous computing.  He has numerous publications in these areas and holds several patents.

Ken joined Microsoft in September 2002 from RealVNC, a start-up he co-founded with colleagues from AT&T Labs Cambridge. Previously, in his seven years at AT&T Labs, Ken led research in the areas of multimedia information retrieval and communications, and was involved in the incubation and business planning of a number of projects that were spun out from the lab as successful independent companies. Earlier posts include several years as an academic at Oxford University, three years at Nortel Networks, and a year’s sabbatical at the London School of Economics.

Ken is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and he sits on the Board of the Cambridge Network. He holds a doctorate in Computation from Oxford University and an AB in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.



Established: February 25, 2004

SenseCam is a wearable camera that takes photos automatically. Originally conceived as a personal ‘Black Box’ accident recorder, it soon became evident that looking through images previously recorded tends to elicit quite vivid remembering of the original event. This exciting effect has formed the basis of a great deal of research around the world using SenseCam and the device is now available to buy as the Vicon Revue. There is lots of information about SenseCam…





SenseCam and memory rehabilitation
Emma Berry, Georgina Browne, Steve Hodges, Gavin Smyth, Narinder Kapur, Lyndsay Williams, Alex Butler, Ken Woodberry, in Presentation at the 4th Satellite Symposium on Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, San Sebastian, July 2007, Microsoft Research, July 1, 2007, View abstract, Download PDF


SenseCam: A Retrospective Memory Aid
Steve Hodges, Lyndsay Williams, Emma Berry, Shahram Izadi, James Srinivasan, Alex Butler, Gavin Smyth, Narinder Kapur, Ken Woodberry, in Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2006), Springer Verlag, September 1, 2006, View abstract, Download PDF


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January 27, 2009


Ken Wood, Stephen Emmott, and Steve Hodges