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  • Blog Post: Lab of Things keeps growing

    In my previous blogs , I talked about the Lab of Things (LoT), which is a flexible platform for conducting experimental research using connected devices in homes and beyond. Since LoT’s beta release in July 2013, we have made a lot of progress on two fronts. First, we’ve been busily extending...
  • Blog Post: SEIF issues 2014 awards RFP

    Today, October 29, 2013, the Microsoft Research Connections Computer Science Group —in conjunction with the Research in Software Engineering Group (RiSE), the Sensing and Energy Research Group , and Global Foundation Services —is officially issuing the request for proposals for the Software...
  • Blog Post: Students develop analytics engine for the Lab of Things

    The Lab of Things (LoT) may sound like something you’d find in a sci-fi movie, but it is a lot more practical than that: it’s a research platform that makes it easy to deploy interconnected devices in multiple homes, then share your individual research data with other investigators, turning...
  • Blog Post: Lab of Things—the new wave of research-device platforms

    Are you a researcher who spends a lot of time deploying field studies in homes and other buildings where human activity takes place—studies that often involve both custom-built and off-the-shelf sensors and devices? Do you face challenges in combining these varying devices together in one experiment...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Code Jam Rocks Vegas

    Top headliners on the Las Vegas strip might include Celine Dion, Penn and Teller, and Carrot Top, but from our perspective, they’ve got nothing on the Vegas premiers of such CCNC Mobile Code Jam stars as BlueWay and Fling-It. That’s right: during the second week of January, the top three...
  • Blog Post: Jammin’ with Cloud-Enabled Apps

    Are you a student looking to win a little extra spending money? Or maybe just get some props for your coding chops? If so, you’ll want to enter your Windows Phone or Windows 8 app in the Project Hawaii Mobile Code Jam Challenge . But you’d better act quickly—you’ll need to register...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Interns in the Clouds

    Well, not literally, but many of our interns did spend a lot of their own time probing the stratosphere over the last 12 weeks, building cloud-based apps for the Windows Phone . These interns were participants in Project Hawaii Intern XAPFest 2012, a contest for building the coolest, most useful apps...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud Rains More Services on Project Hawaii

    What do you think of when you hear "Hawaii"? Colorful shirts, hula dancers, mai tais on a sunny beach? Well, all those things are nice, but they can’t hold a candle to the goodies that are coming out of Microsoft Research’s Project Hawaii , which extends the Windows Phone with the power of...
  • Blog Post: TouchDevelop a Hit with Students

    If you visit the University of Washington (UW), you’ll likely see students glued to their smartphones. That’s not surprising—smartphones seem to be everywhere now, and for students, these “computers in your pocket” have become constant digital companions. But on May 4–5...
  • Blog Post: From Smartphone to Smart Home: Automating the Modern Home

    For baby boomers who grew up watching The Jetsons , the idea of the fully automated home was the futuristic stuff of cartoons. Today, the technology is available to make a Jetsonesque home a reality, by using inexpensive network devices that remotely control locks, lights, thermostats, cameras, and motion...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Computer Science Educators—Inspiring the Next Generation

    Microsoft believes fervently in the promise of technology. It only follows that we have great interest in inspiring the next generation of computer scientists who will be technology leaders of tomorrow—possibly even as Microsoft employees. So it’s no surprise that Microsoft is a major supporter...
  • Blog Post: Innovation in Software Research Recognized in 2012 SEIF Awards

    Today, research in software engineering encompasses a wide range of computer science and engineering disciplines. These include systems and networking technologies, hardware design, programming languages, security, and privacy, to name a few. Microsoft Research actively engages with researchers across...
  • Blog Post: Project Hawaii XAPFest 2011 Awards Hawaiian Trip to Windows Phone App Contest Winner

    Working as an intern at Microsoft has many benefits, but a vacation in Hawaii is not usually one of them. This year, summer interns had an opportunity to work on exciting new mobile technologies, while competing with their peers for an all-expenses paid trip to one of the Hawaiian islands. Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Bringing the Cloud to a Smartphone Near You

    One of the coolest things about working in Microsoft Research is the opportunity to see what bright students can do with cutting-edge technology. Project Hawaii is a perfect example. This project, which began in January 2010, offers students the opportunity to explore how the cloud can enhance our mobile...
  • Blog Post: Debugger Canvas released on Devlabs

    In June 2011, Microsoft released Debugger Canvas on DevLabs, the result of a year-long collaboration between Microsoft Research, the Microsoft Visual Studio product team, and Brown University. Debugger Canvas transforms how software developers use and experience their programming environments. In...
  • Blog Post: Aloha: Text from the Cloud

    Time to celebrate: we are releasing the Hawaii OCR (optical character recognition) service this week! This OCR service is the next step in the evolution of Project Hawaii , the Microsoft Research project that is exploring how to take full advantage of the cloud to enhance the use of smartphones. With...
  • Blog Post: Project Hawaii Students Get More Done in the Cloud: Announcing Speech to Text Service

    Back in January, I blogged about Project Hawaii , a research and academic outreach program sponsored by Microsoft Research in cooperation with 20 universities worldwide. Approximately 300 students at those universities are developing applications for Windows Phone 7 this semester as part of the program...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Project Hawaii Launches New Cloud Services

    Innovations in wireless networking technology are driving our increasingly connected world, with smartphones gaining acceptance for both professional and private use. In the future, we foresee a vast majority of smartphone apps relying on cloud services to enhance the mobile experiences. Project Hawaii...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud, to go: Project Hawaii

    Mobile devices, of all shapes and forms, are the fastest-growing computing segment. While mobile devices are ubiquitous, they offer limited computation, storage, and power. Cloud computing promises to fill this gap by providing computation and storage to mobile devices connected to the network. Project...
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