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  • Blog Post: Cloud-computing training for researchers marches on

    Last September, as part of our global Windows Azure for Research program, we announced our cloud training classes that we designed to show academics how Windows Azure can accelerate their research. Now that we’re almost a month into the new year, we would like to let you know what we have planned...
  • 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: Kinect Sign Language Translator - part 2

    Today, we have the second part of a two-part blog posted by program managers in Beijing and Redmond respectively—second up, Stewart Tansley: When Microsoft Research shipped the first official Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) beta in June 2011, it was both an ending and a beginning...
  • Blog Post: Kinect Sign Language Translator - part 1

    Today, we have the first part of a two-part blog posted by program managers in Beijing and Redmond respectively—first up, Guobin Wu: I consider myself incredibly lucky to be the program manager of the Kinect Sign Language Translator project. There are more than 20 million people in China who...
  • Blog Post: Join us in exploring the future of computing—virtually!

    Computing has changed the world—from online shopping, to social media, to big data analyses of, well, just about everything. The rate of computing-driven change continues unabated, and we find ourselves wondering: what are the hot trends and burning issues in computer science research today? On...
  • 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: 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: Workshop Bolsters Chinese Research Uses of Kinect for Windows

    On December 2, 2011, Microsoft Research Asia held the Kinect for Windows Workshop 2011 in Beijing, China. The event, which drew more than 100 participants, including faculty and students from Chinese universities, provided a forum for exploring research that utilizes Kinect for Windows . It not only...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research and the Kinect Effect

    Today (November 4) is the first anniversary of the launch of Kinect for Xbox 360 in the United States, with subsequent availability around the world. It has been a smashing success since its debut, thanks in part to contributions from Microsoft Research to its audio, skeletal-tracking, and facial-recognition...
  • Blog Post: FIRST Adds Kinect Technology to Robotics Competition Tool Kit

    I’m thrilled to be part of a new phase of the partnership between Dean Kamen ’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organization and Microsoft (including the Microsoft Research Connections group). Last week, FIRST announced that Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows SDK Beta Makes It Big in the Big Apple

    The Kinect for Windows SDK beta was honored as one of the “ 10 Most Innovative Tech Products of 2011 ” earlier this week at the 2011 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards ceremony held at the Hearst Tower in New York City. Gavin Jancke, general manager of Engineering for Microsoft Research...
  • Blog Post: Learn How Robots Can Help When Disaster Strikes

    Robotics technology plays an increasingly important role in search-and-rescue missions. Robots are used to explore areas that are deemed too dangerous or difficult for human teams to access. They can, for example, be used to investigate a hazardous material spill or search for disaster survivors. In...
  • Blog Post: Research at Imagine Cup 2011

    In nine years, the Imagine Cup has become one of the pre-eminent youth technology competitions in the world. This year, more than 350,000 young people from 183 countries and regions around the globe signed up to compete. Beginning last Friday evening and running through to Wednesday this week, more...
  • Blog Post: .NET Gadgeteer Redefines What Gadget Fans Can Do with Modular Components and Object-Oriented Programming

    Once upon a time, being a "gadget fanatic" usually meant you were an early adopter of new technologies, someone who'd own the latest multi-megapixel digital camera or high-powered handheld device. A rare few with engineering and embedded development programming skills might push this a bit further, creating...
  • Blog Post: Surface + Robotics = Life-Saving Possibilities

    In the realm of applied research, perhaps nothing is more satisfying than working on projects that can help save lives. Such is the case with a unique project at the University of Massachusetts Lowell that combines Microsoft Surface and Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio in a Human-Robot Interaction...
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