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  • Blog Post: Shotton Receives Young Researcher Accolade

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies In early June, Jamie Shotton received a most welcome email from Ramin Zabih, professor of computer science at Cornell Tech and chair of the IEEE Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI) Technical Committee. Zabih had the responsibility to let a gifted...
  • Blog Post: ZooTracer: Setting a Track Record

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies People love to watch animals. That’s why zoos exist. That’s why photographic safaris command princely sums. That’s why cat videos have become an unstoppable force. Lucas Joppa loves to watch animals, too, but his motivation includes...
  • Blog Post: Bing Code Search Makes Developers More Productive

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Some people, it seems, are simply born to be computer-science researchers. Take Youssef Hamadi , for example. Earlier this week, he was asked a question about challenges he had encountered during a research project. His response began by sharing this revealing...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Sends 3 to CHI Academy

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Each year, SIGCHI , the international society for professionals, academics, and students interested in human technology and human-computer interaction (HCI), announces a short list of individuals who have been elected to the CHI Academy. You might wonder...
  • Blog Post: Blake’s Gibbs Lecture Focus: Machines That See, Powered by Probability

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Eighty years ago, Albert Einstein was invited to deliver the 11th installment of the Josiah Willard Gibbs Lecture , established by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) in 1923 to give the public insight into the intricacies of mathematics and its applications...
  • Blog Post: Peeking Behind the HoloDesk

    Posted by Rob Knies If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with HoloDesk, research from the Sensors and Devices team at Microsoft Research Cambridge that my colleague Steve Clayton posted on the Next at Microsoft blog a few weeks ago. The work took...
  • Blog Post: Infer.NET: Machine Learning Tailor-Made

    Posted by Rob Knies One of the featured technologies on display on April 23, the first day of Microsoft Research Machine Learning Summit 2013 , was Infer.NET , a powerful, compelling .NET library from Microsoft Research Cambridge . Infer.NET is an example of model-based machine learning, as explained...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Offers A Different Perspective on Internet Search

    Posted by Steve Clayton We talk about Bing as a “decision engine” that anticipates your intent and surfaces search results to help you quickly make an informed decision. Built into this concept is the assumption that productivity is your chief goal. The Socio-Digital Systems group in...
  • Blog Post: 5 Things You Can Learn About Search

    Posted by Rob Knies Over at the Next at Microsoft blog, Steve Clayton has just published a post about the Things We’ve Learnt About … series " href="http://blogs.technet.com/b/next/archive/2013/04/05/things-we-ve-learnt-about-search.aspx" target="_blank">latest issue of the...
  • Blog Post: Latest Microsoft Research Luminary: Lucas Joppa, Conservation Scientist

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Over the past several years, Microsoft Research Cambridge has established its bona fides as a serious player in the area of computational ecology, so it’s no great surprise that work from that lab caught the attention of Prince William during a recent...
  • 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: Silicon Valley Talk Focuses on Security

    Posted by Rob Knies Soon after the founding of Microsoft Research Silicon Valley in 2001, its managing director, Roy Levin , began to bring in a series of researchers with extensive backgrounds in security in computing systems. Among those security-focused researchers was Martín Abadi , now...
  • Blog Post: Big-Data Analytics, from Theory to Systems

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Computing today is generating and capturing a wealth of data previously unimaginable. Such information has great promise for unlocking some of society’s most elusive secrets, but how can those secrets be unearthed and identified? That pursuit provided...
  • Blog Post: Tony Hoare on the Turing Centenary

    Posted by Tony Hoare, winner of the A.M. Turing Award in 1980 Can computers understand their own programs? From my earliest days as a student of philosophy and classics at Merton College, Oxford, I was attracted into computing by the prospect that it would shed light on some of the age-old problems...
  • 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: FetchClimate! Using Big Data to build a climate information service

    Posted by Steve Clayton There are a lot of really cool projects at TechFest this year - if you pushed me to pick a personal favorite, I'd choose FetchClimate ! . With amazing demonstrations such as Holoflector and Illumishare , this is one that you may not expect...allow me to explain why I'm so excited...
  • Blog Post: Acclaimed Director Puts Researcher Centre Stage in London

    Posted by Rob Knies This spring, London’s Royal Court Theatre issued a most peculiar press release , announcing the forthcoming production of Ten Billion: An Exploration of the Future of Life on Earth , to debut July 12. “Scientist Stephen Emmott and director Katie Mitchell deliver a new...
  • Blog Post: Taking Science from the Specific to the General

    Posted by Rob Knies You might have heard of Drew Purves before. As head of the Computational Ecology and Environmental Science Group at Microsoft Research Cambridge , he has gained attention for a number of his projects, from modeling forest dynamics to FetchClimate , that use big data and build...
  • Blog Post: Royal Society Shines a Light on Ecological Conservation

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Animals hold a particular fascination for Lucas Joppa . Since he was a child, he has been fascinated by their comings and goings, the mysteries behind their living patterns, their prospects as species. Now, as a scientist in the Computational Ecology and...
  • Blog Post: Ten Billion People, 208 Pages

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies In 2012, Stephen Emmott , head of the Computational Science Laboratory based at Microsoft Research Cambridge , took the stage in London for a one-man show called Ten Billion that underscored the challenges the world faces in a century when the global population...
  • Blog Post: Projecting the Future of Interaction

    Posted by Rob Knies Imagine that you carry a small device that can make any nearby surface interactive—and that those surfaces can be manipulated via multitouch gestures and can store data. “Wouldn’t that be cool?” The enthusiasm belongs to David Molyneaux, and he is one of...
  • Blog Post: Algorithmic Analysis Leads to Efficient Approach for Plant Conservation

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Efficiency is one of the hallmarks of successful science, and for proof, you need look no further than the Sept. 5 issue of the journal Science, which features a study by a team of scientists from Microsoft Research Cambridge , Duke University, and North...
  • Blog Post: Programming Languages in the Eternal City

    Posted by Rob Knies The Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages (POPL) is an annual gathering of thought leaders from around the world to discuss all aspects of programming languages and systems, so it is a given that as the 40th instance of the event gets under way in Rome on Jan. 23...
  • Blog Post: Machine Learning + Real-Time Data: Food for Thought

    Posted by Rob Knies Welcome to TechFest 2013 , Microsoft Research’s annual tech showcase featuring many new, fascinating projects that point toward the future of computing. Over the next couple of days, we’ll be shining a light on some of the high-profile projects being shown during...
  • Blog Post: Cambridge Researcher Collects French Acclaim

    Posted by Rob Knies Congratulations to Georges Gonthier , a principal researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge , for winning the 2011 EADS Foundation Grand Prize in Computer Science. Gonthier, who spends a significant amount of his time collaborating with French researchers from INRIA at the Microsoft...