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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.
Posted by Rob Knies
Each year, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) recognizes several of its members for their contributions to computing by naming them as Fellows. Today, 46 ACM members have been named as Fellows—and six of them are from Microsoft Research, representing four different labs worldwide.The press release for the announcement states that Microsoft Research’s new ACM Fellows have been recognized for achievements in software analysis, computer graphics, reasoning and decision-making, network control, and distributed computing.
Posted by Hussein Salama, director of Advanced Technology Labs Cairo
The latest in a series of posts from the directors of Microsoft Research’s labs worldwide, this one from Hussein Salama from Advanced Technology Labs Cairo.
This has been an incredible year for our lab in Cairo. The year started with a popular revolution that rocked all corners of the Egyptian society. The resulting hope for a better future translated into unusually high excitement and motivation among all Advanced Technology Labs Cairo team members.
Posted by Surajit Chaudhuri, managing director of the eXtreme Computing Group
The latest in a series of posts from the directors of Microsoft Research’s labs worldwide, this one from Surajit Chaudhuri of the eXtreme Computing Group (XCG).
It has been just more than six months since I joined XCG as its lab director. XCG is a unique Microsoft Research lab that consists of not only great researchers and program managers, as in other Microsoft Research labs, but also a relatively large and experienced engineering team. This combination of talent has created a culture in XCG to focus on big bets, as we also have the ability to make significant engineering investments
Posted by Hsiao-Wuen Hon, managing director of Microsoft Research Asia
As 2012 approaches, the directors of Microsoft Research facilities worldwide were offered an opportunity to discuss their labs’ 2011 accomplishments. This contribution, by Hsiao-Wuen Hon of Microsoft Research Asia, is the first of a series that will continue through New Year’s Eve.
Reflecting on Microsoft Research Asia’s accomplishments in 2011, many highlights come to mind.
First of all, I’m excited to see the success of Kinect and our lab’s continuing collaboration with product teams in advancing natural user interfaces through Kinect. In addition to the product’s use of the user-identification system we worked on, it was great to play with Avatar Kinect and object digitization in Kinect Fun Labs, knowing that the technology resulted from our strong partnership with the product team.