• Researchers make advances in database security "arms race"

    Posted by Allison Linn

    Seny Kamara and encrypted data

    Microsoft researcher Seny Kamara and his academic colleagues have figured out a way to obtain personal information from certain encrypted databases even when the databases are being protected by a promising security method.

    The encrypted database system, called CryptDB, could be undermined to reveal information in electronic medical records when the data is being used in certain ways.

    The researchers are hoping the discovery will help businesses and organizations that handle sensitive information, such as electronic medical records, to understand what security precautions they should take into account even if they are using some of the latest encryption methods.

  • MobileFusion: Research project turns regular mobile phone into 3D scanner

    Posted by Allison Linn

    3D scans with mobile phones

    A new Microsoft Research project lets people to create high-quality 3D images in real time, using a regular mobile phone, with about the same effort it takes to snap a picture or capture a video.

    "What this system effectively allows us to do is to take something similar to a picture, but it's a full 3D object," said Peter Ondruska, a Ph.D. candidate at Oxford University who worked on the project while he was an intern at Microsoft Research.

    The researchers say the system, called MobileFusion, is better than other methods for 3D scanning with a mobile device because it doesn't need any extra hardware, or even an Internet connection, to work. That means scientists in remote locations or hikers deep in the woods can capture their surroundings using a regular cell phone without a Wi-Fi connection.

  • Microsoft researcher Jamie Shotton receives MIT Tech Review young innovator honor

    Posted by Allison Linn

    Jamie Shotton

    This week Jamie Shotton will be honored as one of MIT Technology Review's Innovators under 35. The distinction goes to exceptionally talented young innovators whose work the editors believe has the greatest potential to transform the world. Previous winners include Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.

  • Crowd wisdom among many topics examined at top AI event

    Posted by George Thomas Jr.

    IJCAI 2015

    Researchers have for years sought to understand the way opinions are formed and disseminated throughout social settings. Is there such a thing as the wisdom of the crowd?

    New research presented at this year’s International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence examines crowd wisdom in the context of social networks -- specifically the ever-important restaurant critiques.

    How Robust is the Wisdom of the Crowds? is just one of the 20 papers Microsoft researchers and their artificial intelligence collaborators from around the world will present at the biannual conference, which begins Saturday in Buenos Aires. As the main international gathering of AI researchers, its proceedings span multiple disciplines, including machine learning, computational sustainability and even the arts.

  • Sora high performance software radio is now open source

    Posted by Jane Ma

    Sora now open source

    Microsoft Research today announced that its high-performance software radio project is now open sourced through GitHub. The goal for Microsoft Research Software Radio (Sora) is to develop the most advanced software radio possible, capable of implementing the latest wireless communication technology easily and efficiently.

    "We believe that a fully open source Sora will better support the research community on more scientific innovation," said Kun Tan, a senior research on the software radio project team.