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Microsoft Research Conversations in STEM
Future Horizons of Science

If you agree with Arthur C. Clarke that the only way to discover the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible, you’ll be delighted to watch an on-demand Q&A conversation about venturing past the possible and into new horizons of technical innovation featuring MSR’s Yael Tauman Kalai, Bichlien Nguyen and Andromachi Chatzieleftheriou. Moderated by 2021 Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellowship recipient Emma Dauterman. This previously recorded event features the Q&A from the live session!


Dr. Yael Tauman Kalai

Yael Tauman Kalai is a cryptographer and theoretical computer scientist who works as a Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New England and as an Adjunct Professor at MIT in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. Yael received her PhD from MIT, where her thesis has been recognized with the George M. Sprowls PhD Thesis Award (2006), and she got her MSc from the Weizmann Institute, where her thesis was recognized with the Outstanding Master's Thesis Prize (2001).

Dr. Bichlien Nguyen

Bichlien Nguyen is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, working at the intersection of chemistry, biology, computer science and engineering. She is also an affiliate professor in the department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. Her current interest is developing sustainable infrastructures for datacenters, including storing data on DNA in collaboration with the Molecular Information Systems lab at UW. She received her PhD in Chemistry of Washington University in St. Louis in 2015 and came to Microsoft Research as a postdoc shortly after.

Dr. Andromachi Chatzieleftheriou

Andromachi Chatzieleftheriou is a Senior Researcher in the Cloud Infrastructure group of the Microsoft Research Lab in Cambridge. Her research interests lie in the areas of computer systems, file systems and storage. Andromachi is enthusiastic about developing disruptive cloud storage technologies for the future and is currently working on Project Silica, a novel long-term archival storage system based on quartz glass, designed from the media up for the cloud. Andromachi holds MSc and PhD degrees in computer systems from the University of Ioannina in Greece.


Emma Dauterman

Emma Dauterman is a 2021 Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellow and PhD student in the RISELab at the University of California, Berkeley, advised by Raluca Ada Popa and Ion Stoica. Her research focuses on using cryptography to build secure and practical systems without a central point of attack. The systems she designs are resilient to attacks; even if an attacker breaks into a system server, the attacker does not have access to the system’s data. Her past work includes splitting trust to search over encrypted data and defend against secure hardware vulnerabilities.