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With the anniversary behind us, we wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for the congratulations and well wishes sent to us. We also want to thank those of you who joined us in our locations to mark the anniversary. Your participation made this event a day to remember. We will be posting the lectures from the day’s celebration live in the coming weeks and months. Our first lectures are live now and you can watch them here. Be sure to subscribe to get the latest lecture content from the anniversary lecture series.
We also want to thank Rob for sharing the anniversary activities from around the world. Rob is going to be off for the next few days for some much needed sleep and will be back blogging next week.
Posted by Rob Knies
“The sun never sets on Microsoft Research.”That’s Peter Lee, Microsoft distinguished scientist and managing director of Microsoft Research Redmond, making his introductory remarks Sept. 27 during an event in Redmond commemorating Microsoft Research’s 20th anniversary. But if you’ve been following this space for the past 24 hours or so, you already know that.From Beijing to Bangalore; from Cambridge, U.K., to Cambridge, Mass.; from Silicon Valley to Redmond—across six locations on three continents, researchers, scientists, and academics have taken the opportunity to acknowledge the accomplishments delivered over two decades of Microsoft Research—and to get a glimpse of the great things to come.
Microsoft Research New England has a unique role within the constellation of Microsoft Research facilities around the world. While most of those support computer-science research across a broad range of fields—collectively, more than 55 distinct areas of computing—the New England facility has from its outset placed its focus on interdisciplinary work.That means a mash-up of mathematical and algorithmic sciences with social and biomedical sciences, including applied projects in areas such as economics, social media, and health care, in addition to theoretical projects in mathematics and cryptography. Such a broad palette is extended and enhanced by Microsoft Research New England’s location in Cambridge, Mass., one of the world’s most vibrant academic hotbeds, putting collaboration with other world-renowned experts within arm’s reach.“Our primary goal is to advance the state of the art in interdisciplinary research,” says Jennifer Chayes, Microsoft distinguished scientist and managing director of the facility, “and our research also enhances Microsoft products and services, both through direct transfer of technology and through impact on Microsoft strategy.”
Soon after the founding of Microsoft Research Silicon Valley in 2001, its managing director, Roy Levin, began to bring in a series of researchers with extensive backgrounds in security in computing systems.Among those security-focused researchers was Martín Abadi, now a principal researcher at the facility, located in Mountain View, Calif. On Sept. 27, during Microsoft Research Silicon Valley’s event marking the 20th anniversary of Microsoft Research, he delivered one of five technical discussions during the day. Abadi’s was titled, simply, Security, in which he discussed Microsoft Research efforts to provide it.Security goes hand in hand with privacy, and both are critical to Microsoft Research Silicon Valley’s focus on distributed computing. But, as Abadi’s talk made clear, research in this area is far from simple.
KinectFusion was one of many technology demos and talks that enlivened the marking of Microsoft Research’s 20th anniversary at Microsoft Research Cambridge.
The panel included Shahram Izadi, Andrew Fitzgibbon, and Jamie Shotton of Microsoft Research Cambridge, along with Tom Rodden of Nottingham University, and a key part of the discussion was a demo of KinectFusion, a system for real-time 3-D reconstruction that is quickly gaining acclaim as a dazzling extension of the capabilities of Kinect for Xbox 360.The demo came toward the end of an afternoon that featured introductory remarks by Andrew Blake, Microsoft distinguished scientist and managing director of Microsoft Research Cambridge.