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Microsoft Research's Rick Rashid in conversation with John Markoff of The New York Times

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Intel, Sponsor
Markoff, John, Moderator
Rashid, Rick, Speaker


Computer History Museum

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Mountain View, California





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Computer History Museum


Event abstract:

As Chief Research Officer, Richard (Rick) F. Rashid oversees worldwide operations for Microsoft Research, the largest computer science research organization in the world, encompassing more than 850 researchers across eleven global labs. Under Rashid's leadership, Microsoft Research conducts both basic and applied research across disciplines that include algorithms and theory; human-computer interaction; machine learning; multimedia and graphics; search; security; social computing; and systems, architecture, mobility and networking. His team collaborates with the world's foremost researchers in academia, industry and government on initiatives to expand the state of the art across the breadth of computing and to help ensure the future of Microsoft's products.

Before joining Microsoft, Rashid was professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), where he directed the design and implementation of several influential network operating systems and published extensively about computer vision, operating systems, network protocols and communications security. During his tenure, Rashid developed the Mach multiprocessor operating system, which has been influential in the design of modern operating systems and remains at the core of several commercial systems.

John Markoff of The New York Times has known Rick Rashid for many years and will moderate a wide-ranging conversation with him about his beginnings, influences (Star Trek!), mentors and career at Microsoft. We’ll also learn more about his vision for Microsoft Research twenty years into his leadership role.

This is another event in a series designed to give our audiences unique insight into the remarkable work being done in research labs around the world – a celebration of innovation. The Museum is most grateful to John Markoff for offering to participate in many of these conversations.

This event is part of the Computer History Museum’s acclaimed Revolutionaries speaker series, featuring renowned innovators, business and technology leaders, and authors in enthralling conversations often with leading journalists. Our audiences learn about the process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.

Watch this event on the Computer History Museum's YouTube channel.


Lecture; Sponsored

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CHM Lecture Collection

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