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  • Blog Post: Reproducibility as a service: can the cloud make it real?

    Research published in academic journals is trustworthy. Or is it? This question is being asked more and more these days. While few doubt the integrity of the researchers, many in the scientific community are concerned about the inability to reproduce experiments. If the work is not reproducible, how...
  • Blog Post: Empowering the problem solvers

    The power of computing can go a long way toward solving some of the world’s most vexing problems. This is why we are committed to fostering the next generation of technology-savvy researchers, through programs such as the Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship Program . Launched in China in 1999 and...
  • Blog Post: Machine learning in the cloud made easier for researchers—Azure ML grants available

    It seems that everybody today wants to employ machine learning in their research. And why not? Machine learning promises to transform our ability to understand, model, and predict the world around us. It is pushing boundaries in areas as diverse as image recognition , cardiac patient risk management...
  • Blog Post: A year of research in the cloud

    A year ago, the Microsoft Azure for Research project began as a small effort to help external researchers and scientists (and even Microsoft) understand how the cloud generally—and Microsoft Azure specifically—could accelerate research insights. Microsoft Azure for Research facilitates scholarly...
  • Blog Post: Nurturing the future of computer science

    Each year since 2005, Microsoft Research has awarded Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowships to promising, early-career academics who are engaged in innovative computing research and have the potential to make significant advances in the state of the art. These fellowships—which include a cash award...
  • Blog Post: Bringing cloud computing to researchers and scientists in Asia

    Today’s world is more interconnected than ever. The digital revolution has made it possible to collaborate with colleagues worldwide—which is good news not just for businesses, but also for all fields of scientific research. We’ve also witnessed a tremendous rise in big data analytics—which...
  • Blog Post: 2014 Microsoft Research Awards for SEIF announced

    With the announcement of the 2014 winners of the Microsoft Research Awards for the Software Engineering Innovations Foundation (SEIF), I can’t help but reflect on the depth and breadth of research supported by Microsoft Research. Over the past few years, SEIF has not only sponsored research into...
  • Blog Post: New online Windows Azure training for researchers

    The global Windows Azure for Research program has been going strong for almost six months, and we’ve been delighted by the response from the researchers around the world who have eagerly attended our in-person training events. Today, we are pleased to announce an online version of the training...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research support for climate change studies

    Last June, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a Climate Action Plan to help predict and address the impacts of climate change. To further this important effort, Microsoft Research is pleased to launch a special Climate Data award program , which offers scientists and decision-makers 12 months of free...
  • Blog Post: Building cloud virtual machines for research

    As regular readers of this blog know, the Windows Azure for Research program recurrently solicits proposals on the use of Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud-computing platform, in scholarly research. Winning projects receive a one-year allocation of Windows Azure storage and compute resources. ...
  • Blog Post: Resources abound for researchers wanting to use cloud computing

    Cloud computing offers tremendous advantages in terms of scale and compute power—not to mention costs—to those grappling with today’s data-intensive research. The Windows Azure for Research program is designed to help scientists reap these cloud-computing benefits in their research...
  • 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: Windows Azure for Research

    Microsoft Research is pleased to announce a new initiative to help the research community use the cloud to advance scientific discovery. Three years ago, we partnered with researchers to experiment with cloud computing on Windows Azure. The results from these early efforts—many of which are described...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research gives promising computer science faculty a boost

    The time for new faculty members to take risks in research is early in their careers. However, early-career realities often get in the way. As any tenure-track academic knows, the first few years of one’s career can be a seemingly endless process of writing grant proposals. The Microsoft Research...
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