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  • 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: Scale out your research with virtual machines: Windows Azure webinar

    Researchers often ask us, “What’s the easiest way to get started with cloud computing?” Cloud computing can seem daunting, but Windows Azure makes it easier than ever to analyze and manage large datasets in the cloud. Want to know more? Then please join us tomorrow (December 4 or December...
  • Blog Post: Kinect Fusion Boosts Kinect for Windows SDK Update

    On Monday, March 18, 2013, Microsoft rolled out the latest release of the Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK). This represents the largest update to the technology since the SDK was first commercially released in February last year, and it includes the Kinect Fusion technology that originated...
  • Blog Post: Concurrency and Parallelism in the Venice of the North

    The warm, sunny days of late August in Saint Petersburg, Russia’s “northern capital,” were made even brighter by the 2012 Microsoft Research Russian Summer School . An annual Microsoft Research event, the Russian Summer School is intended for doctoral and master’s students, as...
  • 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: On the Road with ChronoZoom

    It’s been a busy month for the ChronoZoom team, as we’ve zoomed (literally) around the world promoting this amazing tool. For those of you who are coming in late, here’s a little background: ChronoZoom is an open-source community project dedicated to visualizing the history of everything...
  • Blog Post: COSBI Researchers Hunt for Obesity Factors at the Molecular Level

    What do residents of rural Arkansas and researchers in Trento, Italy, have in common, aside, perhaps, from a love of good food? Well, in the case of an ongoing major research program, food is the common link. Well, not exactly food—the good folks in Arkansas aren’t exchanging recipes with...
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope Takes Center Stage in Moscow

    On February 9, 2012, Russian astronomers of all levels—professional, amateur, student, and teacher—congregated at Moscow’s Sternberg Astronomical Institute for WorldWide Telescope Day. Russia’s foremost astronomy institution, the Sternberg Astronomical Institute , also known as...
  • 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: Cloud Infrastructure Soars in Europe

    It was barely a year ago that European scientific and industry leaders came together with the goal of developing, testing, and deploying a high-quality, interoperable cloud platform for industry and research. The result was VENUS-C , which stands for V irtual multidisciplinary E nviro N ments US ing...
  • 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: Computer Vision Takes Center Stage at Moscow Summer School

    When is the best time to be in Moscow? For 82 young computer-science researchers, the answer is July 28 to August 3, 2011. Not only is that usually one of summer’s warmest weeks in the Russian capital, it is also the week that the Microsoft Computer Vision School will take place at the Lomonosov...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Power in Europe

    There are clouds on the horizon in Brussels, and European technology leaders couldn't be happier. On March 22, Microsoft inaugurated its new Cloud and Interoperability Center (CIC) in the Belgian capital—the heart of the European Union's (EU) institutions—underscoring Microsoft's and the...
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