Speakers Bio


Dr Ken Wood, Deputy Director, Microsoft Research Cambridge

Ken Wood is Deputy Director at Microsoft's Cambridge Research Lab with responsibility for the lab's business-facing activities, including technology transfer, incubation, licensing, spinouts, and other models for exploiting the intellectual property generated by the research groups.

Ken also heads the Computer-Mediated Living research group (CML) which he founded in 2003. CML's vision is fundamentally interdisciplinary, bringing together hardware engineering, computer science, psychology, and sociology to address the problem of designing innovative technology to support everyday life in its widest sense.

Ken's personal research interests include human-computer interaction, information retrieval, digital media management, and ubiquitous computing. He has numerous publications in these areas and holds several patents.

Ken joined Microsoft in September 2002 from RealVNC, a start-up he co-founded with colleagues from AT&T Labs Cambridge. Previously, in his seven years at AT&T Labs, Ken led research in the areas of multimedia information retrieval and communications, and was involved in the incubation and business planning of a number of projects that were spun out from the lab as successful independent companies. Earlier posts include several years as an academic at Oxford University, three years at Nortel Networks, and a year's sabbatical at the London School of Economics.

Ken is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and he holds a doctorate in Computation from Oxford University and an AB in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard University.

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