andrew herbert

Andrew Herbert is a Microsoft distinguished engineer and is Chairman of Microsoft Research EMEA.
Herbert’s research interests include networks, operating systems, programming languages and distributed information sharing.

Before joining Microsoft Research in 2001, he was director of Advanced Technology at Citrix Systems Inc., where he was instrumental in steering the company toward Internet thin-client technologies and initiating development of products for Web-based application deployment and for the emerging application service provider market.

Herbert joined Citrix in 1998 from Digitivity Inc., which he founded in 1996 to develop a product to enable secure deployment of Java clients for business-to-business applications. Digitivity was a spinoff from APM Ltd. APM managed ANSA, an industry-sponsored program of research and advanced development into the use of distributed systems technology to support applications integration in enterprisewide systems. ANSA’s work included research on support for interactive multimedia services, object technology for World Wide Web applications, distributed systems management, mobile object systems and security for electronic commerce. Herbert led ANSA’s technical program, built up its team, created its architecture, and made ANSA known and respected in the industry. As part of his ANSA work, Herbert played an active role in many standards and consortia for distributed computing.

In 1975 he graduated from the University of Leeds with a B.Sc. in computational science and in 1978 with a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in computer science. In the 2010 honours list Herbert was awarded an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for services to computer science.

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