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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research India: Year in Review

    Posted by P. Anandan, managing director of Microsoft Research India The latest in a series of posts from the directors of Microsoft Research’s labs worldwide, this one from P. Anandan of Microsoft Research India . Another exciting, eventful, and successful year comes to an end. Perhaps...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Redmond: 2012 in Review

    Posted by Eric Horvitz and Yi-Min Wang, managing co-directors of Microsoft Research Redmond As we look back on the year at Microsoft Research Redmond , a flood of creative efforts and achievements come to mind. These include mission-focused pursuits aimed at solving urgent challenges, the pursuit...
  • 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: 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: Microsoft Research Redmond: Year in Review

    Posted by Peter Lee, managing director of Microsoft Research Redmond The last in a series of posts from the directors of Microsoft Research’s labs worldwide, this one from Peter Lee of Microsoft Research Redmond . Given that this was my first full calendar year at the Redmond lab of Microsoft...
  • 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: Luminaries Series Features Jeannette Wing

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Jeannette Wing is corporate vice president of Microsoft Research. As such, she oversees Microsoft Research’s core research laboratories around the world—and Microsoft Research Connections . That much is true, indisputably. But her personal...
  • 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: 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: The Bright Future of Machine Learning

    Posted by Rob Knies Unlocking the future—that was the theme Rick Rashid , Microsoft chief research officer, used to close his opening remarks April 23 during the first day of the Microsoft Research Machine Learning Summit 2013 . The event, held at Microsoft’s Le Campus site in Issy...
  • 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: Preserving the Language Heritage of the World

    Posted by Kevin Schofield Of the 6800 “living” languages in use around the world, close to half are spoken by fewer than 10,000 people. The historical and cultural heritage represented by those languages is in danger of being lost forever – in fact, some experts predict that if the...
  • Blog Post: Customized, Specialized Translation Now a Reality

    Posted by Rob Knies I can’t read Japanese. I know it when I see it, but what I see is merely a succession of word symbols, indecipherable to my untrained eye. No matter, though, because these days, the Microsoft Translator service enables quick translations from Japanese to English, as easy...
  • 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: Gates: The Golden Age for Computer Science Is Now

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Imagine that you got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ask a question to Bill Gates . What would that be? Would you ask about health care? Software? Education? Philanthropy? For several people, that’s exactly what happened July 15 in the opening...
  • 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...