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  • 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: 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: Microsoft Research’s Lauter Named Next AWM President

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Some people require years of searching before they are able to identify their life’s calling. For others, though, that realization comes early on. Take Microsoft Research’s Kristin Lauter , for instance. “I have been passionate about...
  • Blog Post: Two from Microsoft Research Win Helmholtz Recognition

    Tweet This year, the IEEE Technical Committee on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, the organizer of the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), inaugurated the Helmholtz Prize , a test-of-time award presented for papers published at least 10 years ago that continue...
  • 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: Continuous Mobile Vision Takes a Step Forward

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies You might not be aware of the term “continuous mobile vision,” but I’ll bet there’s a good chance you are aware of one of the scenarios it could enable. Remember the concept, bandied about in recent years, of technology that can...
  • 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: Cliplets Blur the Borders Between Video and Photography

    Posted by Steve Clayton With most digital cameras these days, you can shoot still photos or video. The critical question, then, is which one to use when you’re at your child’s soccer game or out with a group of friends: a picture often won’t do it justice, whereas shooting video...
  • Blog Post: Students Get Creative with Touch Mouse

    Posted by Rob Knies It’s always interesting to put new technology into the hands of university students and see what they can devise, and such was precisely the case during the Student Innovation Contest , held in conjunction with the Association for Computing Machinery’s 24th annual...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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 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: Rashid: an Era of Data, Devices, and Services

    Posted by Rob Knies TechFest 2013 began promptly at 9 a.m. March 5 in the Kodiak Room of the Microsoft Conference Center with a keynote address by Rick Rashid , Microsoft chief research officer and head of Microsoft Research. Rashid discussed the present-day shift toward more intelligent technology...
  • Blog Post: In-Place: Interacting with Large Displays

    Posted by Rob Knies Computing in the 21st century increasingly is embracing touch interaction. Whether it be on mobile handhelds, large electronic displays, or something in between, such user interfaces are becoming commonplace. Interestingly, researchers from Microsoft Research Redmond are expanding...
  • Blog Post: Wearable Multitouch Projector from Microsoft Research

    Posted by Steve Clayton I’ve learned to track the work of Hrvoje Benko from Microsoft Research quite closely. He’s been involved in projects such as MirageTable , LightSpace , Pinch-the-Sky Dome and products such as the Microsoft Touch Mouse . This week at TechFest, he’s been...
  • 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: Heady Recognition for Young Researcher

    Posted by Rob Knies For a man of 29, Vipul Goyal , a researcher at Microsoft Research India , already possesses a gaudy list of academic and professional achievements. He has a Ph.D. from UCLA. As a student there, he won a Microsoft Research graduate fellowship. His cryptographic research has been...
  • Blog Post: Horvitz Joins American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    Posted by Rob Knies In 1780, the nascent United States of America was still in the midst of the Revolutionary War. American pride suffused the former colonies’ scholar-patriots, and one result was the founding of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences . Among the cofounders was John...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Filtering Web Images Effectively

    Posted by Rob Knies You’re looking for a photo of a flower. Not just any photo—it needs to be horizontal in shape. And not just any flower—it needs to be a purple flower. What do you do? You could perform a conventional image search on the web. There are lots of flowers out there—lots...
  • Blog Post: Touch Mouse Captures Industry Accolade

    Posted by Rob Knies Sometimes, things can go sideways. There are an infinite number of ways that a project can get derailed. We’re human. We understand this. But every once in a while, it seems as if everything just stays on track, from start to finish. That’s the way Hrvoje Benko is...
  • Blog Post: Science Fairgoers to See 3-D Humans Digitized in Real Time

    Posted by Rob Knies The changes wrought by technology in recent years is nothing short of astounding. First, music became digitized. Now, it’s video, in all its forms. That data can be stored, comfortably and effectively, in the cloud. And many of us walk around each day with little computers...
  • Blog Post: TouchDevelop Now Available as Web App

    Posted by Rob Knies If you’re a software developer—or if you follow the work of software developers—you’ve probably heard of TouchDevelop , a Microsoft Research app that enables you to write code for your phone using scripts on your phone. Its ability to bring the excitement...