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Meredith Ringel Morris, 29

Searching websites jointly

Microsoft Research

"I'm not really interested in technology for the sake of ­technology. I'm interested in how it helps ­people connect and work with other people," says Meredit­h Ringe­l Morris, a computer scientist in the Adaptive Systems and Interaction Group at ­Microsoft Research. Her tool Search­Together, shown below, is a plug-in for Internet Explorer that makes it easy for groups to share the work of searching without duplicating each other's labor. Bookmarked websites appear in a frame beside the main browser window, along with users' comments and ratings. A chat window at the bottom of the screen lets users discuss results in real time if they're online simultaneously. ­Morris says that collaborative search combines the two activities she thinks people are most interested in doing online: communicating and gathering information. She's also working on a tool that will help groups search collaboratively when sharing one computer, which could be particularly useful in classrooms. --Erica Naone

2008 TR35 Winners

Blaise Agüera y Arcas

Building immersive 3-D environments

Dries Buytaert (video)

Simple, flexible Web publishing

Jenova Chen (video)

Gaming with the flow

Tanzeem Choudhury (video)

Inferring social networks automatically

Jack Dorsey (video)

Personal updates made simple

Stefanus Du Toit (video)

Programming for parallel processors

Seth Hallem

Deconstructing software to find bugs

Xian-Sheng Hua

Enhancing video search

Sundar Iyer

Making memory at Internet speed

Farinaz Koushanfar

Locking microchips to prevent piracy

Johnny Lee (video)

Streamlining human-computer interactions

Meredith Ringel Morris (video)

Searching websites jointly

Andrew Ng

Building household robots

Adam Smith (video)

Making sense of e-mail madness

JB Straubel (video)

Engineering electric sports cars

Eric Wilhelm (video)

Putting DIY projects online

Robert Wood (video)

Building robotic flies


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