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Microsoft Research


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Cortana Research
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Bellevue, WA 98004

I lead Cortana Research, a new applied science organization in Microsoft Cortana. We are hiring interns and scientists. I used to be chief scientist at Microsoft Health and a principal researcher at Microsoft Research.

New: Some of my latest work on skill discovery in virtual assistants will soon appear as a contributed article in Communications of the ACM.

My book entitled "Interactions with Search Systems" received the 2017 ASIS&T Best Information Science Book AwardOrder through Cambridge University Press or Amazon.

I received the 2014 Microsoft BCS/BCS IRSG Karen Spärck Jones Award for contributions to information retrieval. See slides from my ECIR 2015 keynote.

I was technical program co-chair for SIGIR 2017.

At SIGIR 2017, I was identified as "Center of the SIGIR Universe," for being the author most central in the co-authorship graph in the 40 years of the ACM SIGIR conference.

I was founding chair of the series of ACM SIGIR Conferences on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR), pronounced "cheer." CHIIR 2018 is coming soon.

I am editor-in-chief of the Information Retrieval Journal. I am also a senior associate editor for ACM Transactions on Information Systems and a senior associate editor for ACM Transactions on the Web.

I received the SIGIR 2013 Best Paper Award for Beliefs and Biases in Web Search.

We received the SIGIR 2010 Best Paper Award for our paper
Assessing the Scenic Route: Measuring the Value of Search Trails in Web Logs.

We received the SIGIR 2007 Best Paper Award for our paper
Studying the Use of Popular Destinations to Enhance Web Search Interaction.

I received the British Computer Society's (BCS) Distinguished Dissertation Award for the best Computer Science PhD dissertation in the United Kingdom for 2005. I am a Fellow of the BCS.