Microsoft Research today announced the creation of its new Research Lab in New York City. This new lab will increase the research labs count to 13 at Microsoft. The new lab will be led by Jennifer Chayes, who becomes the managing director of both Microsoft Research New England, which she founded in July 2008, and Microsoft Research New York City.
The lab will start with 15 researchers initially with 3 following founding members who are from Yahoo Research,
- David Pennock, who conducts research at the intersection of computer science and economics, is past chair of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Electronic Commerce, the academic organization dedicated to topics in that area. Pennock will serve as assistant managing director of the new lab.
- Duncan Watts, a former full professor of sociology at Columbia University and a pioneer of modern network science, focuses on computational and experimental social science. He is the author of three books, including “Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age” and, most recently, “Everything Is Obvious*: Once You Know the Answer.”
- John Langford, whose interests are in scalable interactive machine learning, learning reductions, and other irresistible research topics, is the program co-chair for this year’s International Conference on Machine Learning.