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  • Blog Post: Supporting the innovation pipeline

    Through our collaborations with academic researchers around the world, Microsoft Research strives to harness the power and potential of computer science. We are constantly looking for new, creative uses of computing to help solve both theoretical and practical problems and engender economic and social...
  • Blog Post: PhD Summer School explores cutting-edge computing

    Call it the invasion of the computer literati: on the last day of June, 78 PhD students converged on Cambridge, England, to begin five days of networking and knowledge exchanges during the Microsoft Research Cambridge 2014 PhD Summer School, our ninth edition of this annual event. The invited attendees...
  • Blog Post: Supporting technology’s rising stars in the UK

    The United Kingdom has faced some tough economic times in the past 10 years, but the technology industry has remained strong throughout. The tech sector has played a key role in helping the economy bounce back from the recessions of 2008–2009 and 2011–2012. Nationwide, IT industry employment...
  • Blog Post: 2014 Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship projects announced

    Every year since 2004, the Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship Programme has awarded scholarships to fund PhD students’ work on selected projects in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region. We are pleased to announce the selected PhD projects for 2014. The selection process was anything...
  • Blog Post: From flying robots to energy-efficient memory systems

    Today, February 5, 2014, marked the kickoff workshop for the Swiss Joint Research Center (Swiss JRC), a collaborative research engagement between Microsoft Research and the two universities that make up the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology: ETH Zürich ( Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule...
  • Blog Post: Workshop highlights medical uses of Kinect technology

    In keeping with the January ritual of reflecting on the past year’s accomplishments, we’re eager to tell you about a very special event that Microsoft Research Cambridge hosted in November: the Body Tracking in Healthcare workshop . This occasion celebrated the completion of a two-year collaboration...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research offers tools and more at AGU 2013 Fall Meeting

    Every December I get together with 20,000 like-minded researchers in San Francisco to discuss how to preserve the habitat of Homo sapiens . I concede it’s a self-serving goal, but I’m okay with standing to benefit. Our conversation invariably burrows into subtopics of how the Earth works...
  • Blog Post: PhD students convene in Cambridge for 2013 Summer School

    Sixty students from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa participated in the 2013 PhD Summer School at Microsoft Research Cambridge. The beginning of July is always a special time of year at Microsoft Research Cambridge as we welcome PhD students to our annual PhD Summer School. We began our eighth...
  • Blog Post: Paris, Machine Learning, and the Wonders of Streaming

    Standing on the banks of the Seine, I found myself marveling at the beauty of “April in Paris” (cue the 1930s song). Perhaps it was the scent of the flowers in bloom in the Jardin du Luxembourg or the warmth of the Continental spring. But, most likely, my contentment stemmed from the success...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating Excellence at POPL 2013

    Arrivederci, Roma: As the 40th ACM Principles of Programming Languages conference ( POPL 2013 ) drew to a close on Friday, January 25, 2013, I was struck by how much it was a celebration of excellence, and I was pleased that Microsoft Research could play a big part in that. With three of our labs represented—Cambridge...
  • Blog Post: Initiative Celebrates Industry-Academia Collaboration

    Snow fell across the United Kingdom on January 18, 2013, but it was not about to deter some of Microsoft Research’s leading visionaries from making their way from the brand new Cambridge lab down to University College London (UCL). They headed to UCL for a special day that would commemorate the...
  • Blog Post: Predicting the Effects of Changes on Living Systems

    Can scientists predict what happens when they introduce a change into a living system—for example, if they change the structure of a gene or administer a drug? Just as changing one letter can completely change the meaning of a word, the change of a single letter of the genetic code (referred to...
  • Blog Post: Improving Diagnostics for Brain Tumors

    As computer scientists, we have the privilege of working on challenging problems, the solutions to which can markedly improve lives—and in some cases, even save them. It is just such a challenge that Senior Researcher Antonio Criminisi and his team at Microsoft Research Cambridge have undertaken...
  • Blog Post: Mapping Endangered Species

    What do the California condor, the snow leopard, and the Wollemi pine have in common? They’ve all made the least desirable position on one of the nature’s most important lists: the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species . Now, what do Microsoft and the Zoological Society of London have in common...
  • Blog Post: Seventh Cambridge PhD Summer School: the Biggest and Busiest Yet

    Almost 90 PhD students convened for the seventh PhD Summer School The first week of July was an exciting one for us here at Microsoft Research Cambridge, as we hosted the seventh PhD Summer School . Each year, we invite scholars in the Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship Programme , as well as students...
  • Blog Post: .NET Gadgeteer Stirs Excitement in British Schools

    Youngsters love gadgets. So wouldn’t it be great if they could build their own, and at school? This is exactly what more than 70 British students, ages 13 to 16, are doing by using .NET Gadgeteer. On January 30, they gathered at the Microsoft Research Cambridge Lab to present their final projects...
  • Blog Post: Parallel Processing Software Gets a Boost in Barcelona

    Question : What precocious five-year old is writing parallel code to make the most efficient use of multi-core processors? Answer : The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)–Microsoft Research Centre in Barcelona, Spain, also known as BSCMSRC by those who enjoy trying to pronounce acronyms that...
  • Blog Post: Creating Better Software for Next-Generation Computer Architectures

    Computers are everywhere, controlling everything from phones and traffic lights to airplanes and buildings. And inside each computer is software: line after line of complex code that tells the program, and any attached hardware, what to do. It’s amazing how the world has come to rely on software...
  • Blog Post: Sound the Bagpipes: Joint Initiative in Informatics Announced

    On October 5, 2011, on the stately campus of the University of Edinburgh, Sir Tim O’Shea , principal of the University of Edinburgh, and Rick Rashid , chief research officer of Microsoft Research, officially inaugurated a significant joint initiative in informatics. It was standing room only in...
  • Blog Post: Barcelona-Cambridge Collaboration Celebrates its First PhD Success

    Collaboration can be a great catalyst for new ideas. Whether working with colleagues from down the hall or a team from another continent, we have found that working together strengthens our ideas. A prime example is the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre – Microsoft Research Centre in Barcelona, Spain...
  • Blog Post: Students Envision the Future at Russian Summer School

    As the saying goes, “ Seeing is believing. ” But with computers, that’s only half the story. Cameras are becoming an ever-present part of our world. They are built into cell phones and laptops, and dot the landscape in storefronts and on street corners. Their pervasive images present...
  • Blog Post: Top Students Descend on Microsoft Research Cambridge

    With the academic year drawing to a close, Microsoft Research Cambridge was delighted to welcome more than 60 doctoral students for the sixth PhD Summer School at the end of June 2011. Participants came from as far afield as Israel and Russia, numerous European countries, and locales across the UK. It...
  • Blog Post: Paradigm Shifting in Scholarly Communications

    Earlier this year, Lee Dirks, Cheri Ekholm, and I attended Phil Bourne’s Beyond the PDF workshop at the University of California, San Diego. This workshop advanced the premise that scholarly communication can and should evolve from static and disparate data and knowledge representation, as embodied...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Biology Foundation 2.0 Beta 1 Release and Coding Contest

    I am pleased to announce the release of Microsoft Biology Foundation (MBF) 2.0 beta 1, an open-source Microsoft .NET library and application programming interface for bioinformatics research. This beta provides the first significant update since MBF 1.0. Notable improvements include: Increased...
  • Blog Post: Springtime in Paris and Software Is in the Air

    What could be better than Paris on a spring day? How about Paris on a spring day at the inaugural Software Summit sponsored by Microsoft Research? Yes, I'm here at the Microsoft Le Campus in Issy-les-Moulineaux, just southwest of central Paris, along with more than 200 of the foremost figures in the...
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