Portrait of Shamsi Iqbal

Shamsi Iqbal

Principal Researcher


I am a Principal Researcher in the Productivity and Intelligence group at Microsoft Research, Redmond. My primary research expertise is in the area of Attention Management for Multitasking Domains. My work is motivated by the vision of transforming the field of productivity research in response to the changing technology landscape with an eye towards making people happy and satisfied with the process and the outcome. Currently I am focusing on how productivity is defined in the new era of multitasking and distraction, introducing novel ways of being productive and determining metrics for evaluating productivity. More specifically, I develop experiences and technology that helps people maintain focus when needed, but at the same time introduce new concepts of getting things done in limited focus environments.

I received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008. I received a Masters in Computer Science from the…