Microsoft Research on May 2, opens a new research Lab in New York City, which will focus on computational and experimental social science, algorithmic economics, and machine learning, along with information retrieval.
Bringing the total to 13, since the formation of Microsoft Research, that has grown from its beginnings on Microsoft's corporate headquarters in Redmond, Wash., two decades ago into a global research force with 12 labs across four continents."
The new lab, to be based in Manhattan, 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, Microsoft states.
"The New York City lab will investigate complementary research areas: computational and experimental social science, algorithmic economics, and machine learning, along with information retrieval," Microsoft press release states. It added, "The new researchers will engage in large-scale machine learning, prediction, and online-market design. They also will develop new techniques in the fields of both computational and online experimental social science."
"Their research will help to shape the technology of the future, and they all expressed an eagerness to embrace their new roles," adds Microsoft.
"In addition to growing our already strong ties to the academic research community," said, David Pennock, who will serve as assistant managing director of the new lab. He adds, "we'd like to play our part in the New York City tech scene, including the startup, venture-capitalist, and hack/make communities, plus the new Cornell-Technion campus, contributing what we can to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's vision of New York City as a tech hub."
The new researchers at Microsoft Research New York City found that allure impossible to resist. Langford cited four reasons why:
- "Microsoft moved very fast in making decisions, and I sincerely appreciate the agility."
- "Microsoft has simultaneously become a more open and competitive company, including, in my case, support for Vowpal Wabbit."
- "Microsoft Research has a strong tradition of support for basic research, which I greatly value."
- "A combination of outstanding and unique opportunities for future collaborations yielding products and research."