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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Open Letter to Academic Research Community

    I would like to thank the broad computing research community which has taken the time to share its thoughts and concerns about the recent closure of our research lab in Silicon Valley. I share with all of you a strong belief in the value of fundamental research and its importance for the long-term viability...
  • 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: New hope for people living with paralysis

    When we released the Lab of Things a year ago, we knew that it would benefit researchers experimenting with connected devices in various domains. It has been very gratifying to see how the Lab of Things has helped to accelerate research on helping people with disabilities to live more independent lives...
  • 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: 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: Getting social down under, NUI style

    I feel especially fortunate to be here in Melbourne, Australia, to participate in the launch of the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces . This is a joint research center between the University of Melbourne and Microsoft Research, in partnership with the state government of Victoria...
  • Blog Post: Fellowships awarded to top Asian PhD students

    On November 2, 2013, the spotlight shone brightly on 10 PhD candidates from nine top Asian universities as they were introduced to an appreciative crowd of 1,500 in the Grand Theatre in Hefei, China. On stage, these scholars received medals that signified their selection as the 2013 Microsoft Research...
  • Blog Post: Hopeful for the Future of Women in Computing

    Sitting on a plane heading back to the Pacific Northwest, I’m reflecting on the week I just spent in Minneapolis—a week of inspiration and impact at the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing . I’m thinking about the pertinence of this year’s GHC theme, “Think...
  • Blog Post: ChronoZoom Receives Digital Education Achievement Award

    Many of you have heard me talk passionately about ChronoZoom over the past year, especially about our goal to bridge the gap between the sciences and humanities through this amazing open-source tool, which strives to capture the history of everything. I love the amazing breadth of these ambitions. ...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: A Time(line) for Reflection

    AIDS. Like many people, I was aware of the disease but had only a basic understanding of the history and impact of the AIDS pandemic. That all changed for me, thanks to my involvement in the AIDS Quilt Project . My name is Madison Allen, and I’m a recent graduate of the University of California...
  • Blog Post: New Research Grants Aim at Combating Human Trafficking

    In December 2011, Dr. danah boyd and I were pleased to announce an RFP (request for proposal), funded by the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit and Microsoft Research, for projects that investigate the role of technology in the human trafficking of minors in the United States. In that announcement, we provided...
  • Blog Post: Summit Illuminates Computer Science Research in Latin America

    I’m back home after an exciting and inspiring Microsoft Research Latin American Faculty Summit , which took place in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, from May 23 to 25. The 2012 Latin American Faculty Summit marked the eighth edition of a research event that started as my “brainchild” in 2005...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Latin American Faculty Summit: A Walk on the Intellectual Beach

    The weather is warm and balmy along Mexico’s renowned Riviera Maya, the venue for the 2012 Microsoft Research Latin American Faculty Summit . I’m sure my friends would tell me to get outside, walk along the beach, and think peaceful thoughts. Great suggestions, but I find myself drawn indoors...
  • Blog Post: Inspiring Computer Science Students in Our Backyard

    As Microsoft’s “point person” for increasing women’s participation in computing, I am passionate about attracting talented young women to careers in computer science. Perhaps you’ve seen these statistics, which underscore the need: The percentage of computer science...
  • 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: Data Visualization Reaches New Heights with Layerscape

    In December, I blogged about the beta release of Layerscape , a free set of research tools from Microsoft that enable earth scientists to visualize and tell stories around large, complex data sets. The full release is now available to the public at Layerscape . We’re calling Layerscape an “ecosystem”...
  • 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: Microsoft Research Plays Matchmaker this February

    Two major computing conferences take place this month in the Seattle area: the ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining ( WSDM 2012 ), which runs February 8–12 in Seattle and focuses on how to improve web search algorithms, and the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative...
  • Blog Post: Addressing the Need for More Women in Computer Science Programs

    Last year, women accounted for only 14 percent of computer science college graduates in the United States, according to the Computing Research Association. That’s down from 35 percent in 1985, despite U.S. Labor Department statistics that show computing to be among the fastest-growing, most in...
  • Blog Post: Coping with Data Deluge

    Overwhelmed by data? You’re not alone. Data mining has become one of the most critical research processes in this era of data-intensive science. There are, however, many areas of science where the usefulness of data mining is limited by the massive nature of the datasets. Consequently, scientists...
  • Blog Post: No CS Student Left Behind

    Computer Science Education Week ( CSEdWeek ), which took place this year from December 4 to 10 in the United States, is a celebration of computer science education. And while it’s a great idea to devote a week to recognizing the importance of this field, it’s a topic that demands year-round...
  • Blog Post: Layerscape for Earth-Science Storytelling

    Every so often, a new platform comes along that really shakes things up. Well, if you’re part of the earth-sciences community, prepare to be shaken, because Microsoft Research has just released a new way to convey earth-science concepts. It’s called Layerscape , and I like to think of it...
  • Blog Post: Jim Gray eScience Award Winners Announced

    The Jim Gray eScience Award —named for Jim Gray, a Technical Fellow at Microsoft Research and a Turing Award winner who disappeared at sea in 2007—recognizes innovators whose work makes science easier for other scientists. It was a special pleasure to be part of the audience in Stockholm...
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