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Posted by Bill Buxton
Bill Buxton, a principal researcher for Microsoft Research and a relentless advocate for innovation and effective design, is sharing his experience as a judge for the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals.We arrived in St. Petersburg, Russia, at mid-afternoon Friday—a little worse for wear after a night flying over the Atlantic, followed by changing planes in Frankfurt. But overall, the journey was fine, and given how things have been going, well worth the trip.Our hotel is a way from the heart of the city. The Imagine Cup is larger than I ever imagined: 309 student competitors from 71 countries, in addition to judges, faculty, support people, press, and space for them all to set up and present their work. There are few places large enough to accommodate such a traveling circus, and the facilities more than make up for the slight inconvenience of not being within walking distance of town.
Bill Buxton, a principal researcher for Microsoft Research and a relentless advocate for innovation and effective design, is sharing his experience as a judge for the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals.
While the Fourth of July is not a holiday in Canada (our national day is on July 1), for me, this year the day is nevertheless not your usual day: I flew to St. Petersburg, Russia, to act as one of the judges in the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals. Given how much time I spend traveling, one could be forgiven for asking, “So what’s the big deal?” The answer is not as simple as the question.
Posted by Rob Knies
Animals hold a particular fascination for Lucas Joppa. Since he was a child, he has been fascinated by their comings and goings, the mysteries behind their living patterns, their prospects as species.Now, as a scientist in the Computational Ecology and Environmental Sciences Group at Microsoft Research Cambridge, he gets a chance to put his infatuation with fauna to good use, such as his participation in the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, being held July 2-7 in Carlton House Terrace, just southwest of Trafalgar Square in central London.The exhibition is one of the most prestigious celebrations of science and research in the United Kingdom. In 2012, more than 10,000 people—including members of the Royal Family, business and academic pioneers, members of Parliament, and school groups—visited the free, annual event, the Royal Society’s biggest public gathering of the year. Attendees get an opportunity to interact with scientists and ask questions about their work.The exhibition will feature the official launch of Technology for Nature, a collaboration between Microsoft Research, the Zoological Society of London, and University College London that is focused on understanding and responding to human impacts on nature.
Research success can be characterized in any number of ways. It might be by the cleverness of an algorithm. It might be by paper citations, or product contributions, or helping to develop disruptive technologies.Sometimes, though, having a successful research career can be as simple as pursuing a path of lifelong learning. Just ask Andrew Fitzgibbon.On June 27, Fitzgibbon, a principal researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge, was announced as one of four winners of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal for 2013. The award recognizes outstanding and demonstrated personal contributions to British engineering, resulting in successful market exploitation by an engineer with less than 22 years of full-time employment.
There’s some cool news over at the Microsoft Translator/Bing Translator team blog: The announcement of new translation features, powered by Microsoft Translator, that now appear in the Twitter app for Windows Phone.The new functionality, announced June 27 during the Build 2013 developers conference being held in San Francisco, enables instant translation of tweets in a different language from that of the user.The translation technology is based on extensive machine-learning advancements from Microsoft Research.