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Each year, the Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF) awards US$25,000 grants to support academic research in software engineering technologies, tools, practices, and teaching methods. SEIF is supported by Microsoft Research Connections Computer Science in conjunction with the Research in Software Engineering Group (RiSE). This year, we were joined by the Microsoft Technology Policy Group.
SEIF supports fundamental and applied research. As Tom Ball, research manager in the RiSE Group at Microsoft Research Redmond says: “SEIF is based on the premise that solid software engineering foundations are fundamental to every kind of system Microsoft builds, so software engineering makes a good base from which attract a wide variety of research in hot topic areas and to partner with academics and groups inside Microsoft Research.” Accordingly, the SEIF 2013 Request for Proposals added device and cloud computing and natural user interface (NUI) based applications to ensure a more comprehensive representation of digital technologies.
The 2013 SEIF Awards included some fascinating projects, such as:
NUI applications facilitate human-computer interaction (HCI) by providing more natural forms of input such as gesture, voice, context, anticipatory processing based on a user’s past actions, and environmental awareness. The goal of NUI applications is to provide more intuitive and sophisticated forms of input that are adaptive to the user and require minimal user training—in particular, for the aging population, people with disabilities, socially or geographically isolated individuals, and underserved populations—to promote digital inclusion where other interfaces, such as keyboard and mouse, are impractical.
Additionally, with the advent of new tablet devices and ever more powerful phones, applications that use software services and cloud computing become both challenging and rewarding areas for researchers to explore.
Four of this year’s SEIF awards support this area of scientific exploration:
These are just some highlights from the 16 innovative software engineering projects recognized by this year’s awards, now in their fourth year. You can read more about them and the rest of the SEIF winners on the SEIF website.Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 SEIF awards!
—Judith Bishop, Director of Computer Science, Microsoft Research Connections