Microsoft Names Andrew Herbert as Managing Director of Microsoft Research, Cambridge Laboratory

CAMBRIDGE, England, April 10, 2003 — Microsoft has named Dr. Andrew Herbert as the new Managing Director of the Microsoft Research Laboratory in Cambridge. He succeeds the lab’s founding Managing Director, the late Professor Roger Needham.

Herbert joined MSR Cambridge in 2001 as an Assistant Director leading research in distributed application deployment and the emerging application service provider market. Before joining Citrix, Herbert ran his own research and consulting companies, APM and Digitivity. He is also a former faculty member of the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge. Herbert’s research in the field of distributed systems has received international recognition.

“The work being done at Microsoft’s Cambridge research lab is central to pushing the state of the art forward in systems and networking,”
said Rick Rashid, Senior Vice President of Microsoft Research.
“Andrew, with the strong support of his assistant directors, will continue the tradition of excellence and take MSR Cambridge to new levels of accomplishment.”

Microsoft Research (MSR) Cambridge was the first Microsoft research laboratory to be established outside the United States. The lab was set up in July 1997 with three researchers. Today, 75 researchers, mostly from Europe, are engaged in computer research at the lab. The Cambridge facility focuses on programming languages, security, information retrieval, machine learning, computer vision, operating systems and networking. MSR Cambridge maintains close links with the University of Cambridge, including the Computer Laboratory, the Engineering Department and the Statistical Laboratory.

“I am deeply honored to have been given the opportunity to lead the research team in Cambridge,” said Herbert. “Our research is all about solving some of computing’s toughest challenges. I want to ensure that we maintain and enhance our laboratory’s reputation as one of the world’s premier computer science research facilities.”

About Microsoft Research

Founded in 1991, Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. Its goal is to develop new technologies that simplify and enhance the user’s computing experience, reduce the cost of writing and maintaining software, and facilitate the creation of new types of software. Microsoft Research employs more than 700 people, focusing on more than 50 areas of computing. Researchers in five facilities on three continents collaborate with leading academic, government and industry researchers to simplify and enhance technology in such areas as speech recognition, user-interface research, programming tools and methodologies, operating systems and networking, graphics, natural language processing, and mathematical sciences. More information can be found at

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