• Microsoft researchers have developed a way to make wearables last longer

    Posted by Allison Linn

    Extending battery life of wearables

    Microsoft researchers have come up with a way to make wearable gadgets such as fitness trackers and smart watches go much longer between charges.

    The research project, called WearDrive, is the latest development in the researchers' broad effort to vastly improve the battery life of all our favorite devices. This week, the paper outlining WearDrive was named one of the three best papers at the USENIX Annual Technical Conference in Santa Clara, California.

  • Standing the test of time: Microsoft researcher honored for prescient machine learning work

    Posted by Allison Linn

    Burges honored for prescient machine learning work

    When Chris J.C. Burges came to Microsoft Research in 2000, he knew he wanted to work on machine learning projects that would have a real impact on users.

    Burges definitely succeeded: He ended up being part of a team that created the basis for the ranking system that is still used in Microsoft's Bing search engine today.

    At next week's International Conference on Machine Learning, Burges, a research manager and principal researcher in Microsoft Research's Machine Learning Intelligence Group, and his co-authors will receive the Test of Time Award for the 2005 paper that showed how that system works.

  • Microsoft researcher Don Syme honored with Silver Medal from Royal Academy of Engineering

    Posted by George Thomas Jr.

    RAE Silver Medal for Syme

    Many programmers recognize Don Syme's name, but even more are influenced daily by his research and development. After all, Syme, a principal researcher in Microsoft's Cambridge, U.K., lab, has helped to develop and influence features of popular computer languages used by millions of programmers, C# in particular.

    And soon Syme will get a new form of recognition: This month the Royal Academy of Engineering named Syme one of three winners of the prestigious Silver Medal for 2015.

  • Award-winning theory from Microsoft researcher goes beyond famous Nash Equilibrium

    Posted by George Thomas Jr.

    Award-winning theory goes beyond Nash Equilibrium

    Microsoft researcher Vasilis Syrgkanis and two colleagues this week unveiled a new approach to understanding and optimizing online bidding and auctions, with implications far beyond the online advertising marketplace in which their study was based.

    Working with Denis Nekipelov of the University of Virginia and Eva Tardos of Cornell University, their research, Econometrics for Learning Agents, goes beyond the long-standing approach of applying the famous Nash Equilibrium when analyzing online interactions. It was the only submission to receive the Best Paper award at the ACM Economics and Computation 2015 conference in Portland, Ore., this week.

  • Microsoft's Jeannette Wing honored for transforming how the world views computing

    Posted by Allison Linn

    Jeannette Wing

    On Saturday, Jeannette Wing, a Microsoft corporate vice president, will receive the Association for Computing Machinery's distinguished service award, recognizing her as "a leader who has transformed the way the world views computing."

    In 2006, Wing wrote what would prove to be a seminal paper on the topic of computational thinking, hoping the paper would help spread the joy and excitement of computer science. Almost a decade later, computational thinking is regularly being used as a framework for solving problems in all sorts of fields, from digital journalism to computational biology, and it's being incorporated into educational curriculum at all levels.