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Posted by Peter Lee, managing director of Microsoft Research Redmond
The last in a series of posts from the directors of Microsoft Research’s labs worldwide, this one from Peter Lee of Microsoft Research Redmond.Given that this was my first full calendar year at the Redmond lab of Microsoft Research, it took quite an effort to comprehend fully the breathtaking scope of ideas and projects carried out by the lab’s more than 300 researchers and engineers. What a hoot! It’s a great pleasure now to reflect a bit on the past year.
Posted by Andrew Blake, managing director of Microsoft Research Cambridge
The latest in a series of posts from the directors of Microsoft Research’s labs worldwide, this one from Andrew Blake from Microsoft Research Cambridge.It’s been quite a year, not least because it was my first full year as managing director of Microsoft Research Cambridge. I have to say that it’s been great fun so far, getting to know the lab and the people here a lot better. Until this year, my understanding has been rather skewed toward certain quarters of the lab’s work, and it has been very interesting, not to say challenging, to try to get to know other areas a bit more closely.
Posted by Rob Knies
A couple of weeks ago, Ed Cutrell, research manager of the Technology for Emerging Markets group at Microsoft Research India, was announced as the latest member of the advisory board of the International Institute for Software Technology (IIST) at United Nations University (UNU).The mission of the institute, headed by Peter Haddawy, senior scientist in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is to further the development and application of information and communication technology to address the pressing global challenges of sustainable development though education, research, capacity development, and policy support.Having been unaware of the institute—and, indeed, of the existence of United Nations University, the academic arm of the United Nations—I was intrigued, so I contacted Cutrell to learn more. How, for example, did he get involved with the institute?
The world is awash in scientific data these days, but all that information is not being harnessed to its potential to help steer the planet to a more sustainable future.That’s the message Stephen Emmott, head of the Computational Science Laboratory at Microsoft Research Cambridge, will deliver Dec. 14 during the Eye on Earth Summit, being held Dec. 12-15 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.Emmott and colleague Lucas Joppa, a scientist in the Computational Ecology and Environmental Science team within the Computational Science group, will be previewing prototype models and related tools, which they hope in the future will enable people to find, generate, contribute, and share environmental data, information, understanding, and predictions.
Posted by Jennifer Chayes, managing director of Microsoft Research New England
The latest in a series of posts from the directors of Microsoft Research’s labs worldwide, this one from Jennifer Chayes of Microsoft Research New England.It’s been a year of expansion and connection for Microsoft Research New England.Economics has grown substantially at our lab this year. We’ve welcomed our first full-time economist, Markus Mobius. We’ve seen tremendous growth and success in our Empirical Economics program, headed by our chief economist, Susan Athey, and Mobius. We now have many Empirical Economics projects concerning our online-services data—from the effects of news aggregators on local news consumption to the effects of currency fluctuations on advertising revenue. We also have some exciting ongoing projects in empirical health-care economics. There are more than a dozen external economists actively engaged with us in projects using Microsoft data.