As corporate vice president, Daniel T. Ling oversaw the Redmond laboratory of Microsoft Research. Microsoft Research is dedicated to a broad program of basic and applied research in computer science and related areas. The laboratory’s mission is to advance the state of the art, develop new technologies which benefit Microsoft customers, and engage with the worldwide research community.
Ling served as director of the Redmond laboratory from 1995 until his promotion to vice president in April 2000. During that time, the Redmond laboratory grew over threefold to include research in new areas such as networking, data mining, computer-mediated collaboration, streaming media, devices and new development tools.
Ling joined Microsoft Research in March 1992 as a senior researcher in the area of user interfaces and computer graphics. He was one of the founders of the laboratory.
Previously, Ling was senior manager at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. He initially worked on special-purpose VLSI chips for displays and was a co-inventor of video-RAM dynamic memory. He subsequently managed departments that conducted research on advanced microsystems based on 370 and RISC architectures, and the associated systems and VLSI design tools. One of these departments initiated work on a novel machine architecture, organization and design, code-named “America,” that led to the IBM RS/6000 workstations. Ling subsequently managed the veridical user environments department, which conducted research in virtual worlds technology, user interfaces and data visualization.
Ling received his bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Ling holds seven patents and is the author of a variety of publications. He was awarded an IBM Outstanding Innovation Award in 1986 for his co-invention of video-RAM. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Physical Society and the Association for Computing Machinery. In addition, he serves on an advisory committee for the University of Washington.