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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research’s Indian Election Game

    Tweet Posted by David Rothschild The final voting for the India’s general election concludes at 6:30 PM local time on Monday, May 12 and, “ as the voting closes in India, no one knows what the results will be .” There are total of 814 million eligible voters in this...
  • Blog Post: Two Years On, New York City Lab’s Roots Run Deep

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies It’s been two years since Microsoft Research New York City was founded—and nine months since the lab established a permanent, bespoke home in the Flatiron District, smack dab in the middle of Silicon Alley. So how have things gone so far...
  • Blog Post: Chayes, Lamport Elected Fellows of American Academy of Arts & Sciences

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, meet Jennifer Chayes and Leslie Lamport . Figuratively speaking, that’s what happened on April 23, when the American Academy of Arts & Sciences announced that Chayes and Lamport, of Microsoft Research...
  • Blog Post: Next for Rothschild: Bringing Rationality to March Madness

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies March Madness, they call it, but David Rothschild is taking things to new extremes. Rothschild, an economist from Microsoft Research New York City , has been making a name for himself in the past few years. In 2012, he correctly predicted 50 of 51 Electoral...
  • Blog Post: Select Students’ Summer Plans: Big Apple, Big Data

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Today’s burgeoning interest in big data offers tremendous potential for driving services that promise to transform our future. That promise, though, doesn’t come without significant effort. Harnessing the power of big data requires an unprecedented...
  • Blog Post: An Early Peek into the Oscars’ Envelopes

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies It’s mid-February, and the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards have been public for a month. Fans are scrambling to watch all the nominated films they can find. Film buffs debate the talents of Blanchett and Bullock until closing time. Excited...
  • Blog Post: Watts Named A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell

    Posted by Rob Knies John Cleese, the acclaimed Monty Python actor, spent time as an A.D. White Professor-at-Large. So did renowned primatologist Jane Goodall. And Oliver Sacks, noted author and neurologist. And epic novelist Toni Morrison. And short-story writer Eudora Welty. Add to that esteemed...
  • Blog Post: The Dollar Cost of Annoying Display Ads

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies What constitutes an annoying display ad on the web? Is it the use of garish colors, as in a Halloween theme gone amok? Is it a page seemingly designed to cram in as many blinking, spinning, animated GIFs as possible? Is an ad annoying when clicking it...
  • Blog Post: Science Club for Girls: Chayes a Catalyst

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies For years now, Jennifer Chayes , a Microsoft distinguished scientist and managing director of Microsoft Research New England and Microsoft Research New York City , has been a passionate advocate for the study of computer science by girls. That advocacy...
  • 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: N.Y. Workshop Caters to Emerging Field

    Posted by Rob Knies How can influential people be identified on social networks? Can Twitter data identify the political ideology of legislators? What, exactly, does it mean that something on the web has “gone viral”? Mushrooming interest in social networking raises many intriguing...
  • Blog Post: Four from Microsoft Research Named Inaugural AMS Fellows

    Posted by Rob Knies Four members of Microsoft Research have been named to the inaugural list of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), announced in November. Among the 1,474 inaugural Fellows of the AMS: Jennifer Chayes , a Microsoft distinguished scientist and managing director...
  • 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: Microsoft Research New England: 2012 in Review

    Posted by Jennifer Chayes, managing director of Microsoft Research New England It’s been another year of great research, growth, and connection at Microsoft Research New England . We’ve had more than 350 academic visitors this year, many of whom have engaged deeply with other Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Sharing a Glimpse of the Future of Technology

    Posted by Rob Knies It’s not often that people get a chance to peek into the future, but that will be the case May 21 in Washington, D.C., when Microsoft Research hosts its biennial D.C. TechFair. During an afternoon open house held at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in downtown...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research New York City: 2012 in Review

    Posted by Jennifer Chayes, managing director of Microsoft Research New York City The inaugural year of Microsoft Research New York City has been stupendous. All of us at Microsoft are thrilled with our newest lab. The lab officially opened on May 3, 2012, with the announcement of a group of 15...
  • Blog Post: Kati London of FUSE: Playful and Surprising

    Posted by Rob Knies Many people talk to their plants. But what if those plants were able to talk back? That’s the premise behind Botanicalls , a project to enable communications between plants and people. A sensor network provides the flora the ability to call and text people to request assistance...
  • Blog Post: Start Spreading the News … Announcing Microsoft Research New York City!

    Tweet Posted by Jennifer Chayes, Microsoft distinguished scientist and managing director of Microsoft Research New England and the newly announced Microsoft Research New York City One of the wonderful elements of basic research is that you never know where it will take you....
  • Blog Post: New York City Lab Lands in Silicon Alley

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies More than a century ago, 641 Sixth Ave., a Beaux-Arts high-rise in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, housed Simpson, Crawford & Simpson, known for a while as the most elegant department store in New York City. On Aug. 19, this historic 1902 landmark...
  • Blog Post: And the Oscar Goes to …

    Posted by Rob Knies Last year, David Rothschild of Microsoft Research New York City used a versatile, data-driven model to predict correctly the results of the U.S. presidential election in 50 of 51 jurisdictions—the nation’s 50 states and the District of Columbia. Given the overwhelming...