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This week at Techfest, Microsoft Research is demonstrating its Microsoft Translator Hubwhich allows any individual or group to create a custom machine translationsystem between virtually any two languages. This is a powerful tool for thoseinterested in both preserving the language heritage of the world and connectingto the Internet the billions of people who don’t speak one of the world’s majorlanguages.
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 can be quite challenging for the average person. A group of Microsoft researchers has now rendered that decision moot with a new interactive app called Cliplets.
Posted by Steve Clayton
I’ve learned to track the work of Hrvoje Benko from Microsoft Research quite closely. This week at TechFest, he has been showing his latest project.
Posted by Rob Knies
With March 2012 upon us, you could say that, from a calendar perspective, the drama of this leap year already has passed. February has enjoyed its quadrennial enhancement. The ides of March are nearly upon us. A change of season is a couple of weeks away.But those are simply timekeeping trivia. If you’re looking for real, substantive advancements, consider Microsoft Research’s TechFest 2012, the annual celebration of computer-science technology.At Microsoft Research, with its proud tradition of groundbreaking technological explorations extending over 20 years, every year is leap year.
Posted by Paul Coebergh
The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology announced today that Jennifer Chayes, Microsoft distinguished scientist and managing director of Microsoft Research New England, has been selected to receive the Women of Vision Leadership Award. Founded in 1997 by renowned computer scientist Anita Borg, the institute provides resources and programs to help industry, academia, and government recruit, retain, and develop women leaders in high-tech fields, resulting in higher levels of technological innovation.The annual Women of Vision Leadership Award recognizes a leading technical woman who has led an important technology development or innovation, made a significant contribution to the technology industry, and inspires others. Women recognized in prior years have included the first female fellow at a major technology company, a lawyer who helped create the Mozilla Foundation, and the creator of technology that enables the visually disabled to use computers.