Dr Advait Sarkar

Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge (MSR)

Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research Cambridge

Advait Sarkar is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge. Within Microsoft Research he is a member of the Human Experience and Design Group. His two main research interests are the future of humanity in the age of artificial intelligence, and universal data literacy.

In the future of humanity research strand, the focus is on using design as a tool to probe questions such as: what is the limit of automation? How can artificial intelligence augment human capability? How should we define humanity and identity? What are the moral, ethical, and socio-economic implications of advanced artificial intelligence?

Advait's aim for universal data literacy is to improve the usability and accessibility of tools for sophisticated analytics, which involves data management, statistics, and machine learning. His design work combines theories of interaction and visual representation, with artificial intelligence and machine learning, to produce novel analytics systems that are easier to use.

Advait's other research interests include live coding, computer music, psychology of programming, applied machine learning, transport research, and bibliometrics.

  • 14 November 2017, 5:30pm

    Can you handle the truth? Facts, figures and communicating uncertainty

    Chaired and hosted by Sir David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk in the Statistical Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, guest speakers include: Sir David Norgrove, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority; and Amanda Farnsworth, Head of Visual and Data Journalism, BBC News.

  • 22 February 2017

    Future of mobility

    The Government Office for Science, is undertaking a Foresight Project on the Future of Mobility. This project will bring together cutting-edge academic research, industry expertise and policy making to consider the future transport landscape. The project will work with policy makers to consider what this evidence base means for policy development in this area. Further to this, by assessing and prioritising key trends in mobility, a set of future scenarios wil be developed and their consequences analysed. Among other themes, the project will examine the social and demographic drivers changing the future transport landscape.