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  • Blog Post: Coping with floods—of water and data

    Halloween 2013 brought real terror to an Austin, Texas, neighborhood, when a flash flood killed four residents and damaged roughly 1,200 homes. Following torrential rains, Onion Creek swept over its banks and inundated the surrounding community. At its peak, the rampaging water flowed at twice the force...
  • Blog Post: Cloud computing helps make sense of cloud forests

    The forests that surround Campos do Jordao are among the foggiest places on Earth. With a canopy shrouded in mist much of time, these are the renowned cloud forests of the Brazilian state of São Paulo. It is here that researchers from the São Paulo Research Foundation —better known...
  • Blog Post: Summer school in Russia explores research in the cloud

    Microsoft Research’s various summer schools provide excellent opportunities to work with our academic partners to foster the next generation of computer scientists and breakthrough applications. So with great anticipation, I headed to Moscow for the 2014 summer school in Russia, which took place...
  • Blog Post: Big data tamed with the cloud

    Big data: it’s the hot topic these days, promising breakthroughs in just about every field, from medicine to marketing to machine learning and more. But for many of us, the problems of managing big data hit home when we confront the welter of digital photos and videos we have recorded with our...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research – Inria Joint Centre: inventing today, tomorrow’s world

    When world-class research organizations work together on a long-term basis, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. That premise underlies Microsoft Research’s collaborative projects and joint ventures around the globe, including our recently renewed joint research center with Inria (the...
  • Blog Post: Cloud computing charts a path to scientific discovery

    With the rapid rise of data-intensive scientific research—across disciplines and around the globe—scientists in Asia, as elsewhere, face massive computing needs and challenges. Mindful of our role in helping scientists turn big data into big discoveries, Beijing-based Microsoft Research...
  • Blog Post: Getting back to first principles with eScience in the Cloud workshop

    As I prepare for the upcoming eScience in the Cloud workshop , I keeping coming back to what might sound like an obvious statement—even in these times when we’re trying to tackle hugely complex issues, like understanding climate change, and we are coping with heterogeneous data in volumes...
  • Blog Post: Learn to tell stories with data at the Excel for Research webinar

    We hear a lot these days about “data science,” but what is it, exactly? Data collection, data management, data wrangling, big data, broad data—these are all pieces of the data-science puzzle. One view is that data science is all about telling stories—with data. However, the...
  • Blog Post: Latest recipients of Windows Azure for Research Awards announced

    Microsoft Research’s Windows Azure for Research program, which features a continuing series of Windows Azure cloud training events and a program of Windows Azure research grants, has been going strong since its launch in September 2013. As the December 15, 2013, deadline for the second round of...
  • Blog Post: Our top 10 blogs of 2013

    I love my job, as I have the privilege of highlighting Microsoft Research Connections’ collaborations with some of the brightest minds at universities and research institutions around the world. And with so many inspiring projects, it’s difficult to pick my favorites—which is why I’m...
  • Blog Post: Cloud computing for environmental science webinar airs December 17

    Preserving biodiversity, understanding animals’ social interactions, and predicting droughts: these are all key research areas for ecologists and environmental scientists. And like so many areas of research these days, they are all data intensive and thus potential beneficiaries of cloud computing...
  • Blog Post: Interactive genomics: querying genomes across the cloud

    Big data: you can hardly pick up a newspaper without reading about some new scientific or business acumen derived from mining some heretofore-untouched volumes of digital information. Well, I’m happy to say that genome sequence data—which certainly qualifies as big, both in volume and velocity—is...
  • Blog Post: Data mining competition takes center stage in Chicago

    In keeping with our mission to collaborate with top academic and scientific researchers to foster innovations in scientific inquiry, Microsoft Research Connections was proud to sponsor the 2013 KDD Cup, arguably the world’s best-known competition in data mining. The winning teams were announced...
  • Blog Post: Summit explores the promise of computing

    The Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2013 —the fourteenth edition of this annual event—is now history, but I’m still catching my breath after two days of meeting and sharing ideas with some of the world’s foremost computer scientists. In attendance were more than 400 representatives...
  • Blog Post: eScience Takes the Stage at Latin American Workshop

    Big Data: these words are on the lips of researchers everywhere these days. But it’s more than a catch phrase—it’s a reality in the burgeoning world of eScience, as investigators strive to make sense of the seemingly endless flow of new information. Nowhere is the push to understand...
  • Blog Post: South by Software—Microsoft’s Excellent Austin Adventure

    Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending South by Southwest Interactive , one of the largest conferences on emerging technology in the world. The event is held in Austin, Texas, as part of the family of South by Southwest (SXSW) festivals that also include events showcasing music, film, and...
  • Blog Post: Computerworld Honors Microsoft Research for Breakthroughs in Pneumonia and HIV

    Today is a proud day for Microsoft Research Connections and our academic collaborators, as two of our research efforts have been named 2013 IDG's Computerworld Honors Program Laureates . The Computerworld Honors program, founded in 1988, recognizes organizations and individuals who have used information...
  • Blog Post: New Tools Simplify Data Mining

    In this era of big data, researchers are relying more and more on data mining to help them with their research. Researchers from nearly every field (not to mention businesses from almost every sector) are slicing, dicing, and sifting an exponentially growing mass of data, looking for patterns, trends...
  • Blog Post: Chinese Edition of "The Fourth Paradigm" Released

    Over the past two years, I have watched eScience take root in China. The movement advanced in the first and second Chinese eScience forums and in various eScience projects that were developed by the Computer Network Information Center (CNIC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). During this time...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing Unlocks Drug Discovery

    Antibiotics, antivirals, NSAIDs—the list of modern “wonder drugs” goes on and on. And yet many diseases remain resistant to drug therapy, and in other instances, the side effects of drug treatment are as bad as or worse than the disorder. Why, the public wonders, aren’t more new...
  • Blog Post: Fighting Wildfires with Data

    When wildfires strike, all eyes turn to the clouds, hoping for a downpour that will quench the flames. Now, wildfire prevention teams on the Greek island of Lesvos are looking to a different kind of cloud for help, thanks to the VENUS-C Fire application and the computing power of Windows Azure . The...
  • Blog Post: Supercomputing on Demand with Windows Azure

    Think about supercomputers of the recent past. Just 15 years ago, supercomputers were rare and exotic machines. Government laboratories in the United States and Japan spent hundreds of millions of dollars on custom computing rigs and specialized facilities to house them, in a bid to tackle the world’s...
  • Blog Post: 2012 Jim Gray Award Honors Antony John Williams

    It seems like only yesterday that the eScience team at Microsoft Research came up with the idea of recognizing outstanding contributions to the field of data-intensive computing with an award named in memory of Jim Gray. Jim was a man of vision. The breadth and clarity of the agenda he set forth has...
  • Blog Post: Big Data Blows into the Windy City

    This week, the annual Microsoft eScience Workshop is being held in Chicago (the “Windy City”), providing an unparalleled opportunity for domain scientists, researchers, and technologists to discuss the benefits and difficulties of incorporating more computing and information technology into...
  • Blog Post: Big Sky; Big Data: WorldWide Telescope in Focus at Astronomical Conference

    The 28th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) opened on August 20, 2012, at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, with WorldWide Telescope (WWT) prominently featured at the Microsoft Research exhibition. Astronomy is one of the oldest and most inspirational...
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