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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.
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, held Nov. 8-9. During the proceedings, it was announced that Challenge and Creativity: Using .NET Gadgeteer in Schools, a paper co-written by Sue Sentance of the United Kingdom’s Anglia Ruskin University and Scarlet Schwiderski-Grosche of Microsoft Research Connections’ Europe and Russia region, had won the event’s Best Paper Award.
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 widely published at top conferences, and his work has attracted the attention of popular science publications.And, on Dec. 17, Goyal was named to the Science and Healthcare section of Forbes magazine’s annual 30 Under 30 list, which features exceptional young people who are reinventing the world.The inclusion represents even more validation of Goyal’s current success and tremendous potential—and this one he found particularly thrilling.
After years of investigating computer-supported ways to help groups work collaboratively, Jonathan Grudin’s achievements are being recognized by one of computer science’s most esteemed groups.On Dec. 11, Grudin, a principal researcher in the Natural Interaction Research group at Microsoft Research Redmond, was named one of 52 newly named Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).The ACM Fellows personify the highest achievements in computing research and development from the world’s leading universities, corporations, and research labs, with innovations that are driving economic growth in the digital environment.