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Posted by François Dumas, director of Advanced Technology Labs Cairo
When I joined Advanced Technology Labs Europe as its director, I expected to work with great talent on hard problems to incubate impactful technology. Three months later, I can honestly say that the group has fulfilled all my hopes, and as we cross the threshold of a new year, I realize that our lab is ready for greater things yet. 2013 is poised to be an exciting year for us—a year of change and a year of promises fulfilled. We will be moving from Aachen, Germany, to Munich over the summer. This relocation will provide us the ability to work more closely with Microsoft’s R&D efforts in Germany. We also look forward to closer ties with local sales and marketing groups, because grounding our research in actual business scenarios is a central tenet of our research.
Posted by Hussein Salama, director of Advanced Technology Labs Cairo
In 2012, we reaped the fruits of our long-term investments and bets that we made close to four years ago. In the midst of the Egyptian-revolution aftershocks, our lab managed to keep its focus and to end the year with many wonderful achievements.Our information-retrieval team continued its multiyear effort to drive up the relevance of Bing search for the Arab countries. In recognition of that team’s accomplishments and the skills the team members demonstrated, the Bing product group decided in March to start a Bing team in Cairo. The Bing Cairo team is collocated with Advanced Technology Labs Cairo and focuses on Bing search for the Arab countries and Turkey. I am delighted to have a research team and a development team at the same location, as this simplifies the collaboration and speeds the transfer of technologies from research to product.
Posted by P. Anandan, managing director of Microsoft Research India
At Microsoft Research India, 2012 began the same way all years do—with our annual Technical Advisory Board meeting and TechVista, which this time was in the lovely city of Kolkata at the Science City, a perfect place for a symposium on research and careers in research. We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the more than 1,800 students who attended the event—there is, indeed, something to the reputation of Kolkata as a place of high culture and scholarship!
The year continued with great research and publications, one highlight being five papers at STOC 2012, a significant achievement for a small lab. We also had some outstanding individual achievements I would like to mention. Saikat Guha received MIT TR35 recognition, and Neeraj Kayal was awarded the Indian National Science Academy Medal for Young Scientists. And as this blog post was nearing publication, we learned that we had a wonderful holiday gift: Vipul Goyal has been recognized by Forbes as one of its 30 Under 30 in Science and Healthcare.
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 of the lab and our continuing collaboration with our Asian academic partners, I am proud to share some highlights from this year.
Thanks to collaboration between our lab and Microsoft Office Division China, the Engkoo Pinyin IME Beta, a cloud-based, Chinese-language input method using Bing search capability, was released. The Engkoo Pinyin IME Beta has changed the traditional concept of input-method editors (IME) by adding superior input quality and transforming the IME into a search engine. Following the lab’s unique, deployment-driven research model, the team created a new software-development model that uses social media to garner user feedback in real time and shorten the update cycle.
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.