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Posted by Rob Knies
Welcome to Inside Microsoft Research, a new blog that provides news and insights into research conducted at our 12 facilities around the world. We are privileged to inaugurate the blog by detailing the events being held around the globe on Sept. 27 to mark the 20th anniversary of Microsoft Research. We begin by taking a look at what is happening in Beijing, home of Microsoft Research Asia.
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.
“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.
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.