Looking Over the Horizon: How Basic Research Helps Everyone


July 16, 2013


Peter Lee and Jeannette Wing


Microsoft Research


With 13 labs worldwide, Microsoft Research is committed to advancing the state of the art in computing. In this session, Microsoft Research’s leadership team showcases current research that’s having an impact on technology, science, and society.


Peter Lee and Jeannette Wing

Peter Lee joined Microsoft as a Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research Redmond (MSR-R) in September 2010. He comes to Microsoft from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he served as the founding director of the Transformational Convergence Technology Office. DARPA is the principal agency within the U.S. Department of Defense for research, development and demonstration of high-risk, high-payoff projects for the current and future combat force. In this role, Peter was responsible for developing and implementing the strategic vision and technical plans for a new office in support of DARPA’s mission: to maintain the technological superiority of the U.S. military and prevent technological surprise from harming national security by sponsoring revolutionary research, bridging the gap between fundamental discoveries and their military use. Prior to DARPA, Peter was a professor and head of the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), having also served briefly as the Vice Provost for Research. He joined the CMU faculty in 1987, after completing his doctoral studies at the University of Michigan.

Peter is an active researcher, educator, administrator, and servant to the academic community. His research contributions lie mainly in areas related to the foundations of software reliability, program analysis, security, and language design. He is a former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association and its Government Affairs Committee. He is the author of two books, authored or co-authored more than 50 refereed papers, and has advised or co-advised 14 completed Ph.Ds. Peter has received numerous awards for his research, including the Special Interest Group on Operating Systems Hall of Fame Award for the most influential paper from OSDI; the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Programming Most Influential Programming Language Design and Implementation Paper; the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence in Computer Science for Proof-Carrying Code; and the 1994 Herbert A. Simon Award for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.

Jeannette Wing has recently joined Microsoft Research as Vice President and Head of Microsoft Research International, with responsibilities for laboratories in India, China, and England. She was on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon (1985-2012), where she twice served as Head of the Computer Science Department and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; and at the University of Southern California (1983-1985). From 2007 to 2010 she was Assistant Director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation.

Her research focuses on the foundations of trustworthy computing, in particular on the science of security and privacy. Except for when she was at NSF, she was on Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board since its inception in 2003. She promotes a vision that computational thinking–an approach to problem solving, designing systems and understanding human behavior that draws upon concepts fundamental to computer science—can transform the conduct of all disciplines. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the AAAS, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.


  • Portrait of Peter Lee

    Peter Lee

    Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Research & Incubations