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Let’s HereHere it for this New York City neighborhood data project from Microsoft Research
HereHere – a project that focuses on driving hyperlocal, real-world engagement to encourage civic discourse – makes its debut Monday in the Big Apple. The project comes from Microsoft Research’s Future Social Experiences Labs (FUSE Labs). Kati London is a senior researcher and the...
10 Mar 2014
ZooTracer: Tracking animals and other objects made easy through video
A collaboration between the Computational Ecology and Environmental Sciences (CEES) group at Microsoft Research Cambridge introduced ZooTracer at the end of February as a downloadable, easy to use desktop tool that could dramatically expand the amount and kind of data gathered from the natural world...
5 Mar 2014
Microsoft Research Data Science Summer School now accepting applications
The Microsoft Research Data Science Summer School is now accepting applications, and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and students from smaller colleges to apply. The school takes place over eight weeks, from June 16 to Aug. 8, at Microsoft Research’s New York City...
28 Feb 2014
ChronoZoom and zombies head to SXSWedu
The beta version of ChronoZoom released about a year ago, quickly earning the team behind it the SXSW Interactive Award for Best Educational Resource . At this year’s SXSWedu event, curriculum designer David Hunter will present his Zombie-Based Learning Curriculum, as well as the ChronoZoomers...
27 Feb 2014
Microsoft researcher Bill Buxton and Perceptive Pixel founder Jeff Han discuss the death and resurrection of 3D
Microsoft Research’s Bill Buxton, whose pioneering work in human-computer interaction helped build the foundation of ubiquitous computing, and Jeff Han, Microsoft general manager and Perceptive Pixel founder, discuss the repeated death and resurrection of 3D and how it can become more interactive...
26 Feb 2014
Microsoft researcher busts myths in new book, ‘It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens’
In the book, “ It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens ,” released Feb. 25, Microsoft researcher and ethnographer danah boyd explores major myths about teens' use of social media. She finds they engage with each other and develop a sense of identity – despite...
25 Feb 2014
Who will win the Oscars? Microsoft Research economist David Rothschild gives us a peek
Lots of us have our own predictions about the Oscars. But when David Rothschild shares his, we pay attention. Rothschild, an economist from Microsoft Research New York City, uses data from prediction markets to make his forecasts, and last year he correctly forecast winners in 19 of the 24 Academy Award...
20 Feb 2014
Computing royalty – including Bill Gates – pays tribute to Microsoft researcher Butler Lampson
Butler Lampson with his wife, Lois, at LampsonFest held at the New England Research & Development (NERD) in Cambridge, Mass. In Cambridge, Mass. Thursday, hundreds of elite researchers gathered at Microsoft Research New England for a heartwarming tribute to one of the greats in computing...
14 Feb 2014
Flying robots and energy-efficient memory systems are in next wave of Microsoft Research collaboration
Attendees of the kickoff workshop for the Swiss JRC A two-day workshop at Microsoft Research Cambridge that began Wednesday launched seven new projects that represent the next wave of research collaborations for the Swiss Joint Research Center (Swiss JRC), including work in energy-efficient memory...
6 Feb 2014
Microsoft researcher and Perceptive Pixel’s founder discuss design and 3D printing
Like two old friends swapping stories, Microsoft Research’s Bill Buxton and Jeff Han, Microsoft general manager and Perceptive Pixel founder, talk about 3D printing, design and human ingenuity in problem-solving during Wednesday's episode of Channel 9’s ongoing series, “Microsoft...
5 Feb 2014
Lab of Things is progressing with devices, and partnering with academic researchers and students
Since the July 2013 beta release of the Lab of Things (LoT), a flexible platform for conducting experimental research using connected devices in homes and beyond, there has been a lot of progress on two fronts. As Arjmand Samuel , senior research program manager for Microsoft Research reports, “First...
3 Feb 2014
What do energy, white spaces and Xbox One have in common? Ranveer Chandra
The focus of the latest “ Microsoft Research Luminaries ” episode is Microsoft researcher Ranveer Chandra, who has found ways to be creative with wireless protocols among other things. Through his work, he has learned it’s possible to reuse unoccupied spectrum, give Xbox games an edge...
29 Jan 2014
Microsoft Research team creates Seattle Gigapixel ArtZoom, an interactive city panorama
ZOOM OUT. A vibrant city on the water, surrounded by mountains, teeming with life. ZOOM IN. Do I spy, with a 600 mm lens, a “Thriller” flash mob under the Space Needle? Wait, and what’s over there? Do I spy an opera singer serenading Elliott Bay from Pier 69? And over there, near...
27 Jan 2014
See how Kinect for Windows is revolutionizing treatment for stroke victims
Here are two more examples of how Kinect for Windows can be used to make physical rehabilitation more friendly, effective and affordable. Two distinct research teams – one in Canada, the other, a collaborative team of Microsoft and academic researchers in Asia – are working on separate projects...
22 Jan 2014
Microsoft Research announces Open Access policy for publications
Microsoft Research announced its Open Access policy for researcher’s publications Monday, saying the policy will benefit Microsoft Research “and the external research community by empowering our researchers to share their work freely.” The open access policy also “will enable...
20 Jan 2014
Watch as the head of Microsoft Research shows ‘smart elevator’ that uses artificial intelligence
On Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West,” the head of Microsoft Research Peter Lee showed how the company’s work on a “smart elevator” using artificial intelligence can figure out what floor a person wants to go to, based on their history and other factors. Artificial...
17 Jan 2014
Smart contact lenses emerge from basic research
The following post is from Desney Tan, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research. Tan manages the Computational User Experiences group in Redmond, Wash. He also holds an affiliate faculty appointment in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington . It was originally...
17 Jan 2014
Latest recipients of Windows Azure research grants include forensic investigations and ‘Gangnam Style’
Microsoft Research’s Windows Azure for Research program includes an ongoing series of Windows Azure cloud training events and Windows Azure research grants, with the most recent topics and recipients selected ranging from “Minority Report: Using the Cloud to Enable Proactive Digital Forensic...
16 Jan 2014
Five 2014 predictions about sustainability include advances in green energy and smart buildings
On the Microsoft Green Blog, Robert Bernard, chief environmental strategist at Microsoft, takes a look at where the company’s partners and customers are investing in sustainability in 2014 and put together five top themes “that are likely to dramatically transform the role of ICT [information...
7 Jan 2014
WorldWide Telescope celebrates fifth anniversary with a new release
For five years, WorldWide Telescope has inspired students and astronomy enthusiasts with its interactive educational content and detailed perspective of the heavens. To celebrate its fifth anniversary, the 5.0 release is now available, having been unveiled at the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical...
6 Jan 2014
Hackathons past and future can build diverse teams of technological innovators
Hackathons provide an excellent opportunity to build diverse teams of technological innovators. The recent Americas Datafest demonstrated how technology experts, working in partnership with subject matter experts, could generate creative and promising ideas that can make a difference. And in April, the...
30 Dec 2013
Save the date for the second annual International Women’s Hackathon: April 24 - 27
Designed to encourage and support female college students pursing computer sciences, the second annual International Women’s Hackathon is set for April 24 – 27, 2014 on university campuses around the world. Rane Johnson-Stempson , director of Education and Scholarly Communication at Microsoft...
18 Dec 2013
Here are David Rothschild’s data-powered predictions for 2014, from the Super Bowl to Hillary Clinton
Microsoft researcher David Rothschild is legendary for his ability to literally predict the future using a unique and rigorous approach to data analysis. He correctly called the results of the 2012 presidential election in every state but one. He nailed 19 of the 24 Oscar categories this past year. And...
17 Dec 2013
Lucas Joppa’s work to curtail animal poaching – by using technology – piques royal interest
An albatross caught the eye of England’s Prince William during a recent trip to the London Zoo – but it wasn’t real. It was a toy with a GPS tracking device attached to it, conceived with help from Microsoft Research Cambridge to track animal movements – including the instinctive...
16 Dec 2013
New LiveANDES app helps citizens give endangered species a fighting chance
Steve Clarke (Microsoft News Center)
It’s easy to feel helpless when we hear about species falling into extinction in far-away lands. But now, thanks to a new app that Microsoft Research developed in partnership with researchers from two organizations in Latin America, hikers and other nature enthusiasts can play an important role...
22 Apr 2013
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