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  • Blog Post: Gulwani Wins 2014 Robin Milner Young Researcher Award

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Sumit Gulwani is a kind and accomplished person, the type who doesn’t simply display concern when he sees something amiss, but actually rolls up his sleeves and begins to fix it. While his day job is as a Microsoft researcher, he also serves on the...
  • Blog Post: How Search Can Help in a Medical Crisis

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies One day, a woman named Lisa is walking her dog, Lucky, when she meets an elderly neighbor. Suddenly, the neighbor falls unconscious and stops breathing. What would you do in this scenario? These days, many people’s initial reaction would be to reach...
  • Blog Post: Researcher Teevan Wins Borg Early Career Award

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Jaime Teevan , it seems, can do it all. Since joining Microsoft Research in 2006, her focus on personalized search has led to a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a couple of best-paper awards from prestigious academic conferences, and...
  • Blog Post: Dumais Receives Athena Lecturer Award

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Among the many earthly domains attributed to the Greek goddess Athena are those of mathematics, inspiration, strength, skill, and wisdom—traits that, combined, begin to describe the career of Susan Dumais , named April 8 as the ninth recipient of...
  • Blog Post: Zhengyou Zhang: Microsoft Research’s Latest ACM Fellow

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Pardon Zhengyou Zhang if he retains a certain fondness for the year just past. In early December 2013, Zhang, a research manager and principal researcher for Microsoft Research, was named a recipient of the inaugural Helmholtz Prize , a test-of-time award...
  • Blog Post: A ‘Lifetime’ of Service Recognized

    Posted by Rob Knies For more than half his life, Kevin Schofield of Microsoft Research has been an active participant in the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI). He’s a champion of the group’s research, and his contributions...
  • Blog Post: Grudin Joins Ranks of ACM Fellows

    Posted by Rob Knies After years of investigating computer-supported ways to help groups work collaboratively, Jonathan Grudin’s achievements are being recognized by one of computer science’s most esteemed groups. On Dec. 11, Grudin , a principal researcher in the Natural Interaction...
  • Blog Post: Fighting Back Against Click-Spam

    Posted by Rob Knies Remember that time, a decade or so ago, when spam was the scourge of the Internet, when the sheer volume of junk email threatened to engulf legitimate correspondence and short-circuit the promise of the digital revolution? Those concerns are a bit distant these days. Spam is...
  • Blog Post: Tennenholtz Wins Multi-Agent Award

    Posted by Rob Knies For Moshe Tennenholtz , just named the winner of the 2012 Autonomous Agents Research Award by the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence (SIGART), things just keep getting better. “I think we are living in an exciting...
  • Blog Post: Tennenholtz Receives Allen Newell Award

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Moshe Tennenholtz is an accomplished man. An Israel-based principal researcher with Microsoft Research New England , he has performed pioneering work bridging computer science, artificial intelligence, and game theory. He also has co-founded several e...
  • Blog Post: Putting Your Work ID Badge to Work

    Posted by Rob Knies Steve Hodges and his colleagues in the Sensors and Devices group at Microsoft Research Cambridge spend their time pursuing novel sensing technologies and new devices that make it easier for people to interact with computer systems and digital content. The team’s successes...
  • Blog Post: Presenting Our New ACM Fellows

    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...
  • Blog Post: The Big Game: Bay Area Research Competition

    Posted by Kelly Berschauer The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has a history of conducting successful student competitions during its major conferences, so it was only fitting that when Microsoft Research Connections and Microsoft Research Silicon Valley were considering hosting a similar...
  • Blog Post: Grudin’s Work Cited for ‘Lasting Impact’

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies The annual Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) conference focuses on technologies that affect groups, organizations, communities, and networks. When the folks behind the conference decided it was time to begin to honor influential papers in the...
  • Blog Post: Bringing TouchDevelop to the Cloud

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies In this new, cloud-enabled era, users of various devices want—nay, expect —their apps and data to be available everywhere and all the time. The future is here, right, so why not? The devil, though, as always, is in the details. And details...
  • Blog Post: Conquering Distributed Challenges

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Distributed computing can be a fiendishly difficult endeavor. Its benefits are manifest: Such systems pass messages across a series of computing devices connected to a network, and those devices interact efficiently to achieve results beyond the capability...
  • Blog Post: New England Postdocs Collect Dissertation Awards

    Posted by Rob Knies Aleksander Madry and David Steurer are both postdoctoral researchers at Microsoft Research New England focused on theoretical computer science. Each of them is intrigued by the challenges posed by graphs, and each has devised new algorithms to address those challenges. And,...
  • Blog Post: Programming Contest Yields Surprising Results

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies What if they held a programming competition involving hundreds of teams—and everybody won? That might seem improbable, but when viewed through the prism of the contest’s value to its participants, that was precisely what happened during the...
  • Blog Post: .NET Gadgeteer Gets Youths Excited About Computer Science

    Posted by Rob Knies Over the past year, the use of .NET Gadgeteer in education steadily has gained momentum, and that surge in interest received significant validation a few weeks ago in Hamburg, Germany. That city was the site of the seventh Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education...
  • Blog Post: Using Fuel Cells to Make Data Centers More Efficient, More Sustainable

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Data centers are playing an increasingly important role in powering 21st-century computing, and that trend seems likely to intensify over the foreseeable future. One of the keys to making data centers efficient is to improve their rate of availability...
  • Blog Post: Zeta: Scheduling Interactive Services with Partial Execution

    Posted by Yuxiong He, Sameh Elnikety, and James Larus, Microsoft Research; and Chenyu Yan, Microsoft Sharing a resource, such as a computer processor or disk drive, requires the system to make decisions about which user’s task gets to use the resource and for how long. When my task is...
  • Blog Post: Helping the Low-Literate Learn to Navigate Through User Interfaces

    Posted by Rob Knies For several years, researchers from Microsoft Research India ’s Technology for Emerging Markets (TEM) group have been studying how to design applications for economically poor communities such as those found in India. In particular, Indrani Medhi , a researcher at the...
  • Blog Post: Bahl Awarded SIGMOBILE’s Top Honor

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Victor Bahl , research manager of the Mobility and Networking Research Group at Microsoft Research Redmond , recalls a time, nearly 20 years distant, when the idea of a professional organization for those interested in mobile technology was merely a glimmer...