Microsoft Research Cambridge

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Microsoft Research Cambridge was established by Roger Needham, previously head of the Computer Laboratory and Cambridge pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, as an research centre in fundamental computer science that would be managed relatively independently from Microsoft Corporation product development. This strategy has been extremely successful, leading to results that are not only leading pieces of scientific research, but do in fact contribute directly to the development of Microsoft products based on advanced technology, such as the work by Jamie Shotton on the Microsoft Kinect.

Crucible projects have included many collaborations with staff of MSRC, initially in the Information Retrieval, Programming Languages, and Machine Learning groups. However, as it became clear that transfer of research findings relied on better understanding of social contexts and individual users, Roger Needham worked with members of Crucible, especially Alan Blackwell, to define the remit for a design-oriented HCI group, now operating under the title "Computer-Mediated Living", and incorporating part of the original Information Retrieval group. Many members of this group collaborative actively in Crucible projects, including manager Ken Wood, who is also an assistant director of MSRC. Alan Blackwell has been employed as an academic consultant to this group since its foundation.

Crucible collaborations with MSRC Computer-Mediated Living group include:

Crucible collaborations with MSRC Machine Learning group include:

Crucible collaborations with MSRC Programming Languages group include:

Crucible members and students who have been interns or visitors at MSRC include: