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Meredith (Merrie) Ringel Morris is a computer scientist conducting research in the area of human-computer interaction (HCI), computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), social computing, accessibility, and information retrieval (IR). Currently, Dr. Morris is focusing her research at the intersection of accessibility and social technologies. A key research focus of Dr. Morris's has been social and collaborative web search. She wrote the first book on the subject, Collaborative Web Search: Who, What, Where, When, and Why?. Technology Review recognized Dr. Morris's pioneering work on collaborative web search by naming her one of 2008's "35 Innovators Under 35."

Dr. Morris is a Sr. Principal Researcher and Research Manager of the Ability research group at Microsoft Research. She is also an affiliate Professor in The Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and in The Information School at the University of Washington, where she participates in the dub research consortium (fun fact: Merrie's description of her promotion process as an affiliate faculty member at UW inspired an installment of PHD Comics). Dr. Morris joined Microsoft Research in 2006, after receiving her Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University. Her doctoral dissertation, Supporting Effective Interaction with Tabletop Groupware, was among the first to explore interaction techniques for collaborative work with surface computers. She received the Lasting Impact Award from the ACM Interactive Surfaces and Spaces conference in 2016 recognizing her contributions to the study of surface computing for productivity tasks, and she received the Lasting Impact Award from the ACM UIST conference in 2018 for her contributions to collaborative information retrieval. Before earning her Ph.D., she received an M.S. in computer science from Stanford University and an Sc.B. in computer science from Brown University.

Dr. Morris has held numerous leadership positions in the academic community. In 2009, she served as technical program chair for CHI, the ACM's flagship conference on the topic of human-computer interaction, and she was the technical program chair for CSCW 2014, the ACM's premier conference on collaborative and social technologies, and the general chair for CSCW 2016. She also chaired the "Interaction Beyond the Individual" papers committee for CHI 2011 and the "Health, Accessibility, and Aging" papers committee for CHI 2018. She was program chair for the 2012 ACM conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, and for the 2017 ACM ASSETS conference. From 2012 - 2019, she was a member of the editorial board of Transactions on Human Computer Interaction, the leading journal in the field of HCI, and served as a member of the ACM CSCW Steering Committee from 2012 - 2015 and the ACM CHI Steering Committee from 2017 - 2018. Merrie is also committed to increasing the diversity of computer scientists; she chairs the Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant and is a member of the CRA-WP board.

Merrie's husband, Dan Morris, is also a computer scientist at Microsoft. They have two small children and one large dog.