Jennifer Tour Chayes is Managing Director and Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research New England in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which she founded in 2008, and Microsoft Research New York City, which she founded in 2012. She received her B.A. in biology and physics at Wesleyan University and Ph.D. in mathematical physics at Princeton University. She was for many years Professor of Mathematics at UCLA, and Affiliate Professor of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Washington. She serves on numerous institute boards, advisory committees and editorial boards, and is the recipient of many awards, including the 2015 John von Neumann Lecture Award, the highest honor of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. She is an elected fellow of many societies including the American Mathematical Society, the Association of Computing Machinery, the Field Institute, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Chayes received an Honorary Doctorate from Leiden University in 2016.
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Her research areas include phase transitions in discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science, structural and dynamical properties of large networks, mechanism design, algorithmic game theory, graph algorithms, and computational biology. Chayes is one of the inventors of graphons, now widely used in the machine learning of massive networks.