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  • Blog Post: Two from Microsoft Research Named 2014 IEEE Fellows

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Even in this awesome, hyperbolic age, the words “extraordinary achievement” don’t get tossed around all that much. And when they come from the IEEE, the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology, they...
  • Blog Post: In Beijing, a Rousing Welcome

    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...
  • 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: Microsoft Research Asia Wows Asia Pacific Academics

    Posted by Rob Knies Eight sentences. That’s all it took for Rick Rashid , worldwide head of Microsoft Research, to electrify a crowd of 2,000 students and faculty members in Tianjin, China, on Oct. 25 during the 14th annual Computing in the 21st Century Conference . Why did those in attendance...
  • Blog Post: Extending Great Wall Commitment

    Posted by Rob Knies On Oct. 28, Hsiao-Wuen Hon , managing director of Microsoft Research Asia , signed Phase IV of the Ministry of Education of China-Microsoft Memorandum of Understanding, commonly known as the Great Wall Plan . ( Pictured above are Hon, left foreground, shaking hands with Shen...
  • Blog Post: More Research Contributions to Windows Phone Translation

    Posted by Rob Knies Recently, I wrote about Microsoft Research contributions to the new Translator App for Windows Phone , available for free download on Windows Phone Marketplace . Some of them, anyway. As it turns out, the story goes a bit deeper than the earlier post was able to convey. Since...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Haircuts Go Mobile—in 3-D

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Three months ago, a post appeared in this space about a SIGGRAPH 2013 paper called Dynamic Hair Manipulation in Images and Videos " href="http://www.lvdiwang.com/publications/dynamichair/index.html" target="_blank">Dynamic Hair Manipulation in Images and...
  • Blog Post: Teaching Computers to Speak in Tongues

    Posted by Kevin Schofield Perhaps it’s just me, but I wince whenever my American phone or GPS tries to pronounce a French restaurant name or a Spanish street name, or the name of one of my non-American friends. While we’ve made much progress in creating text-to-speech (TTS) systems...
  • Blog Post: 14 Years of Inspiring Asia Pacific Ph.D. Candidates

    Posted by Rob Knies For the past 13 years, the Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship Program has offered the most prestigious computer-science Ph.D. scholarships in the Asia Pacific region. Hundreds of students have been inspired to excel in the interim, and that reputation was underscored yet again...
  • Blog Post: Chinese University Presents Rashid with Special Honor

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies On four occasions over the past 30 years, the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) has presented honorary doctoral degrees to esteemed individuals. Such recognition, which requires national accreditation, is conferred to honor a distinguished...
  • Blog Post: Urban-Computing Work Nets Zheng TR35 Accolade

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Location, location, location. Yu Zheng , lead researcher at Microsoft Research Asia , is all about location-based services. Now, his research into urban computing has led him into a pretty exclusive neighborhood. On Aug. 21, Zheng was named to MIT Technology...
  • Blog Post: Combating the Chinglish Scourge

    Posted by Rob Knies “Carefully hits to the forehead” instead of "Watch your head"? Well, I’m sure I’ve written things like that on occasion myself, and perhaps you have, too. Still, it’s not exactly the king’s English, is it? In China, such usages are referred...
  • Blog Post: Four from Microsoft Research Named IEEE Fellows

    Posted by Rob Knies In this, the 100th anniversary of what is now known as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow program, four computer scientists from Microsoft Research have joined the annals of illustrious individuals who have attained the grade of IEEE Fellow....
  • Blog Post: Rashid on the Value of Research

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Once again, for the second year in a row, Rick Rashid delivered a bravura performance during his opening keynote address of Microsoft Research Asia ’s 15th Computing in the 21st Century Conference . Last year, during the same event, he closed his...
  • Blog Post: 3-D Scanning Made Tangible for the Masses

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies In recent months, 3-D printing has leapt into the popular vernacular. Not that long ago, 3-D printers and the items they produce seemed little more than an unusual plaything for organizational use. Such printers were expensive, difficult to understand...
  • Blog Post: Digital Hair Manipulation Gets Dynamic

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Had your hair cut lately? Most of us probably can answer that one affirmatively. Use a brush or comb? Well, yeah, of course. Does your hair blow in the wind? Only when it’s windy. Such simplistic questions might have you scratching your head. In...
  • Blog Post: Deep-Neural-Network Speech Recognition Debuts

    Posted by Rob Knies Last August, my colleague Janie Chang wrote a feature story titled Speech Recognition Leaps Forward " href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/news/features/speechrecognition-082911.aspx" target="_blank">Speech Recognition Leaps Forward that was published on the Microsoft Research...
  • Blog Post: Making Purchases with Zero Effort

    Posted by Rob Knies Imagine that you walk into a store, select an item to purchase, and approach the cash register. A wireless-proximity transmitter within your smartphone detects your presence, and a facial-recognition program determines your identity. The transaction is recorded onto video, and...
  • Blog Post: Research Bolsters Windows Phone Translation

    Posted by Rob Knies Eager for foreign travel but worried about foreign languages? Fear no more, thanks to the Translator App for Windows Phone , updated April 16 and featuring several contributions from Microsoft Research. The app, powered by the same state-of-the-art technology used in Bing...
  • Blog Post: DNN Research Improves Bing Voice Search

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies We live in a society obsessed with speed. Whether it’s download times on a mobile phone or Usain Bolt’s time in the 100 meters, the faster the better. We also live during an era when accuracy has become not just preferable but essential...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Asia: Year in Review

    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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research: on the CUSP of Urban Livability

    Posted by Rob Knies Over the past year, the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), a New York City-based public-private research center created by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in conjunction with New York University, has advanced from creation to gaining traction in its mission of using...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Asia: 2012 in Review

    Posted by Hsiao-Wuen Hon, managing director of Microsoft Research Asia In China, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, a particularly auspicious year in Chinese culture. I am very glad to see that this also has been a good year both for Microsoft and for Microsoft Research Asia . Thanks to the efforts...
  • Blog Post: Digital Assistance for Sign-Language Users

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Sign language is the primary language for many deaf and hard-of-hearing people. But it currently is not possible for these people to interact with computers using their native language. Because of this, researchers in recent years have spent lots of time...
  • Blog Post: The Friendly Faces of Microsoft Research Asia

    Posted by Rob Knies The term “natural user interfaces” has been in vogue in recent months, generally invoked to describe different ways that humans can interact with computing devices beyond the longtime pairing of keyboard and mouse. Surface computing is one example with its roots...