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  • Blog Post: Lab of Things enables research and teaching

    Since its introduction in 2013, the Lab of Things (LoT) has captured the imagination of researchers, who are using this flexible, platform for experimental research that uses connected devices. During the past six months, we’ve updated and added features to the LoT. We’ve also seen LoT adopted...
  • Blog Post: Software promises timely diagnosis of pneumonia in ICU patients

    The advent of electronic medical records is transforming the care of patients in hospitals, clinics, and doctors’ offices around the world. Offering complete documentation of a patient’s medical history, digitized records are improving the accuracy of diagnoses and the continuity of patient...
  • Blog Post: ChronoZoom challenge: visualize history and win

    I love my job! Why? Because, as manager of Games for Learning and Digital Humanities at Microsoft Research Connections, I get to explore four of my favorite things: games, art, technology, and education. This week is especially exciting for me, because yesterday, we launched the Microsoft ChronoZoom...
  • Blog Post: 2013 SEIF Awards Support Researchers in Software Engineering

    Each year, the Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF) awards US$25,000 grants to support academic research in software engineering technologies, tools, practices, and teaching methods. SEIF is supported by Microsoft Research Connections Computer Science in conjunction with the Research in...
  • Blog Post: Confronting Global Grand Challenges

    On March 12 and 13, I had the privilege of joining with more than 450 leading thinkers drawn from around the world and across disciplines at the inaugural Global Grand Challenges Summit in London. Organized by the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering in partnership with the US National Academy of...
  • Blog Post: ChronoZoom Named Top Educational Resource at 2013 SXSW Interactive

    When Microsoft Research teamed up with the University of California Berkeley to create a digital tool for exploring the history of everything, we knew we had the potential to build a killer educational app. After all, a tool that can reveal the cross-currents of history, revealing the interdependencies...
  • Blog Post: Rallying Women to STEM Careers

    We know our science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce is crucial to America’s innovative capacity and global competitiveness. Yet women are vastly underrepresented in these fields. The 2009 US Census reveals that although women fill close to half of all jobs in the country’s...
  • Blog Post: TouchDevelop a Hit with Students

    If you visit the University of Washington (UW), you’ll likely see students glued to their smartphones. That’s not surprising—smartphones seem to be everywhere now, and for students, these “computers in your pocket” have become constant digital companions. But on May 4–5...
  • 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: 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: Project Hawaii XAPFest 2011 Awards Hawaiian Trip to Windows Phone App Contest Winner

    Working as an intern at Microsoft has many benefits, but a vacation in Hawaii is not usually one of them. This year, summer interns had an opportunity to work on exciting new mobile technologies, while competing with their peers for an all-expenses paid trip to one of the Hawaiian islands. Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: SEIF Project Crystal Receives ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award

    Each year, Microsoft Research awards competitive grants to computer science academics through the Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF). In the first grant round, conducted in 2010, Professor David Notkin and his colleagues at the University of Washington were the recipients of one of the...
  • Blog Post: Making the World a Better Place, One Fellow at a Time

    If you wanted to be certain that the best IT minds were focused on research into some of today’s most challenging societal problems, what would you do? How would you ensure that there is a global pipeline of computer-science talent? If you’re Microsoft Research, you would set aside US$1.4...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating an Out-of-This-World Earth Day

    It may seem like an unlikely way to celebrate Earth Day, but this year, students at the University of Washington (UW) can mark the occasion with an exhilarating virtual trip away from our small blue planet, thanks to a unique collaboration between Microsoft Research Redmond and the UW Planetarium . ...
  • Blog Post: Open Science, Open Software

    Here in External Research, we collaborate with dozens of computer and research scientists around the world. Through these collaborations, we regularly ask the question, "How can software make you a better scientist?" This seemingly simple question has evoked many exciting answers - and indeed drives...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating Italian Faculty Days

    A global perspective is informed by knowledge gathered from around the world, and Sept. 16 in Rome, Microsoft Research had an opportunity to exchange information about the scientific foundations of the most recent computer-science technologies from an Italian point of view. One in a series of similar...
  • Blog Post: Trident: Enhancing Discovery with an Organized, Well-Stocked Work Bench

    Almost regardless of the context, a work bench that isn’t properly organized and equipped doesn’t usually lead to the smooth or efficient completion of a project. To address that challenge in the realm of research, a scientific workflow work bench – code named Project Trident - is available...
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