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Posted by Elizabeth Grossman, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft
Many of the amazing capabilities of technology today are made possible by research done years ago, and innovations and impact sometimes result from unexpected combinations and outcomes at unexpected times. One example is Kinect for Xbox 360, for which decades of research by Microsoft and others on artificial intelligence, graphics, motion detection, and voice recognition made it possible for your voice and body to be the game controller.
Within Microsoft, we have made a sustained, 20-year investment in Microsoft Research. That organization’s more than 850 Ph.D.s, working in more than 55 research areas, thrive within the larger computing-research community, drawing collaborators, interns, and new hires from universities across the world.
Two recent events have given Microsoft a chance to communicate the importance of computing research in general and the interconnections of industry, government, and academia in this space.
Microsoft Research is grateful for these opportunities to demonstrate how computing research strengthens our economy, creates jobs, and enhances society and security—and to offer recommendations on critical research opportunities and ways to improve computing education.