Chris White

Principal Researcher and Partner at Microsoft

Chris White is a Principal Researcher and Partner at Microsoft working on special projects. His team is currently developing software for data science, focusing on the intersection of artificial intelligence and business intelligence, including data analytics tools from structured numerical analysis to unstructured data.

Before joining Microsoft, Chris was a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he created and managed DARPA’s leading programs XDATA, Memex, and the Open Catalog as part of President Obama’s Big Data Initiative. His work has been applied to countering human trafficking and financial fraud, and to counter terrorism. Chris also served DARPA as the Agency’s country lead in Afghanistan. In recognition of this work, he received the Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, a Department of Treasury Intelligence and Analysis medallion, and the Department of Defense Joint Meritorious Unit Award.

Prior to DARPA, Chris was a fellow at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He earned a PhD in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, where his research focused on machine learning, statistical methods for large data sets, and human language technology.