Location: Parcel 5
07:30 a.m. - 09:00 a.m.
Founder of Microsoft Research
I’ve been lucky in my life to have the opportunity not only to create my own operating system (Mach) which went on to have a large impact on most operating systems in use today, but also to be given the chance to found a major research lab (Microsoft Research) and be involved in the growth of Microsoft Corporation from the days of MSDOS 6.0 (to which I contributed a major feature) to the present day era of world scale cloud computing and AI deep learning. It has been a wild ride and in this presentation I will talk about the creation and history of Microsoft Research and how it intertwined with the development of Microsoft Corporation during my 25 year tenure and more broadly the role of basic research in the development of products and the growth of companies.
Dr. Richard F. Rashid holds the title of Corporate Vice President Emeritus of Microsoft Corporation and is the Founder of Microsoft Research, Microsoft’s basic research organization. Dr. Rashid received bachelor degrees in Mathematics and Comparative Literature from Stanford University in 1974 and MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of Rochester in 1978 and 1980 respectively. He was on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University from 1979 to 1991 and joined Microsoft to found Microsoft Research in the fall of 1991. He retired from Microsoft in the fall of 2016. In addition to the founding of Microsoft Research, Dr. Rashid is perhaps best known for his work in operating systems. While on the faculty of CMU he developed the Mach Operating System which became the foundation for a number of modern operating systems still in use today including many versions of Unix (such as HP’s Tru64 Unix), MacOS X and iOS. Technology from the Mach Operating System was also used in the development of Microsoft’s modern Windows OS. Dr. Rashid is also known for pioneering work in computer vision, networking, distributed file systems, distributed sensor networks and compression. He is credited with the cocreation of one of the world’s first network computer games (AltoTrek) and developed Microsoft’s first online only computer game, Allegiance, which was released in 2000 and is still played today on the Internet and available on Steam. Dr. Rashid was elected to the United States National Academy of Engineering in 2003, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007 and the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering in 2015. He received the Emanuel Piore Award from the IEEE for his pioneering work on operating systems and the creation of Microsoft Research. In 2014 he received the ACM’s System Software Award for his work on the Mach Operating System and its seminal impact on MacOS, iOS and many other commercial systems. He is the recipient of Microsoft’s Career Achievement Award for the creation of Microsoft Research. Dr. Rashid holds honorary doctoral degrees from several Universities including Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Rochester and the University of Science and Technology in China.