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Fabien Petitcolas
Director for Innovation, Europe

Fabien Petitcolas is director for innovation at Microsoft Europe, supporting Microsoft presence in EU policy and political dialogue for and around innovation and R&D.

Fabien joined Microsoft Research in 1999 as a researcher within the Security Research Group working on digital watermarking. He then made a transition to Microsoft Research University Relations, managing relationship with academics in the United Kingdom and Ireland. In 2004, he became head of Microsoft Research Intellectual Capital Development programmes, until 2010. These programmes continue to support outstanding scientists in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and include the Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship, European Faculty Fellowship and Inspire programmes.

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  • Microsoft at the 2nd EU Innovation Convention

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 06 March 2014

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  • Running a global cloud infrastructure

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 28 Feb. 2014

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  • Learn to tell stories with data at the Excel for Research webinar

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 21 Feb. 2014

    Puzzled about data science? There are many views about what you can achieve through data collection, management and wrangling, yet one of them is that data science is all about telling stories.

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  • 3D Printing, from hipster to mainstream

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 31 Jan. 2014

    You are sitting in front of your computer and about to hit print. Not an unusual scenario, yet what if instead of printing paper documents you could print a tea cup, an action figure or a bracelet?

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  • Exploring medical uses of Kinect technology

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 13 Jan. 2014

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  • A panoramic view of the Ponte Vecchio or exploring the streets of Nuremberg? The new 3D Bing Map app is here

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 13 Dec. 2013

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  • An interactive and visual history of climate change through ChronoZoom

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 28 Nov. 2013

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  • Join us and boost your research through cloud computing.

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 13 Nov. 2013

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  • Life, translated

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 07 Nov. 2013

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  • Take a backstage tour at Microsoft Research Cambridge

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 18 Oct. 2013

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  • Translate Tweets automatically

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 26 Sept. 2013

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  • From sign language translation to crises management – Catch-up with MSR Faculty Summit

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 20 Sept. 2013

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  • Lab Environment Motivates Interns

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 06 Sept. 2013

    Each summer, Microsoft Research labs around the world assign mentors, set up extra workspaces, and welcome a new crop of interns. The internship program is a significant component of Microsoft Research’s partnership with the academic world.

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  • A Computer-Vision View of the World

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 28 Aug. 2013

    A robot comes up from the subway. How does it know where it is?

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  • Research in Focus: The Coming Genomics Software Revolution

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 20 Aug. 2013

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  • Privacy-friendly smart metering

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 12 Aug. 2013

    When people talk about smart metering they often worry about user’s privacy which could be threaten by disclosing fine-grained consumption data to utilities. But what if users could get the best of both worlds: on the one hand lower energy costs thanks to precise billing of consumption and, on the other hand, not revealing any detailed consumption information to third parties?

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  • Test your internet connection speed easily!

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 30 July 2013

    According to a recent European Commission study on fixed broadband performance, “European consumers are not getting the broadband download speeds they pay for. On average, they receive only 74% of the advertised headline speed they have paid for”.

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  • Bill Gates on the contribution of computing to improving our world

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 19 July 2013

    After working over 10 years at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, I’m convinced that science & technology innovation can play a critical role in addressing important challenges faced by society or even smaller ones from our daily lives. 

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  • Skype’s Mobile Future: A Few Thoughts on the Road Ahead

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 08 July 2013

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  • Reducing emissions and facilitating renewable energy in data centres

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 24 June 2013

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  • Behind the scenes of Xbox Music in Paris

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 17 June 2013

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  • Technology for nature

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 14 June 2013

    If you have not yet planned your summer vacation, what about London for the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition? You don’t need a formal science background or training to attend this free annual event which displays some of the most exciting cutting-edge science and technology in the United Kingdom.

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  • Skype and Lync: Connecting the living room to the board room

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 12 June 2013

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  • Annoying display ads versus creative communications

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 06 June 2013

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  • Fiat fine-tunes connected, efficient, affordable driving experience

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 23 May 2013

    Uconnect infotainment solution debuts in Fiat 500L, showcases consumer and business value of flexible, intelligent systems powered by Windows Embedded Automotive.

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  • Preserving Latin America’s wildlife

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 22 April 2013

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  • Become the director of your own orchestra with Damassama

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 19 April 2013

    It took a year for the artist Léonore Mercier to create Damassama, a unique installation of its kind. Trained for a year at the national studio of contemporary art Le Fresnoy, the young woman has managed to transcend tradition and modernity in her creation.

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  • Autolib’ brings intelligent car-sharing to Paris

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 10 April 2013

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  • An app that takes skiing and snowboarding to new heights

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 19 March 2013

    To all skiers out there! Here is a new app that is taking skiing and snowboarding to a new altitude. The Winter Ski & Ride app for Windows Phone gives skiers a wide range of new ways to get more from their favourite sport.

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  • Microsoft vision: the future of living, working and playing

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 15 March 2013

    Back in the early days of Microsoft, our mission was to put a PC on every desk and in every home — an ambitious goal for the time. Behind that was the conviction that computer technology had the innate capacity to enrich peoples’ lives. The trick was applying it in a way that made sense, solved a problem, or generally made life better.

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  • TechFest 2013: Technology Gets Smarter

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 06 March 2013

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  • Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn visits Cambridge

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 06 Feb. 2013

    The EU and its Member States investment in R&D is a vital, long-term investment in our collective future. In coming years, Europe’s prosperity, competitiveness and social cohesion will depend far more on its intellectual capital than on any other form of wealth; to starve its education, research or innovation base now will set back Europe’s global competitiveness by years.

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  • Surface: new family of PCs for Windows

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 21 June 2012

    On 18 June, we have unveiled Surface: a new family of PCs built to be the ultimate stage for Windows. You can view here, company executives presenting two Windows tablets and accessories. They explain the significant advances in industrial design we made and demonstrate the attention to detail.

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  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview is here!

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 01 March 2012

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  • Basic research as a driver of our economic future

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 08 Feb. 2012

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  • VIDEO: Take a peek into our cloud data centres

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 07 Sept. 2011

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  • Europe earns lion’s share of innovation competition finalists

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 26 May 2011

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  • Video interview: Collaborating with universities to support research and innovation

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 20 May 2011

    The European Commission has placed innovation at the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy, encouraging large companies to play a key role through investing in research and development (R&D), as well as through public-private partnerships. 

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  • Policy for fostering innovation

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 04 April 2011

    Since the launch of the Innovation Union flagship by Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn last October, instruments and policies to improve the performance of the research and innovation systems in Europe have never been so much in the spot light.

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  • Turning ideas into products

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 09 March 2011

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  • Channel 4 News gets a peek of the future

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 14 Feb. 2011

    Benjamin Cohen of Channel 4 News in the UK visited Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, recently and my colleague Steve Clayton took him on a tour to see the people who are building the future and the places where they're building it. 

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  • A sneak peek at the winners of the 2010 Imagine Cup: a taste of the future?

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 12 Aug. 2010

    In few years, they will be creators of innovative start-ups, recognised researchers, or, why not, even heads of large IT corporations. In the meantime, 400 students battled it out in Warsaw this July, during the worldwide finals of the Imagine Cup competition organised by Microsoft.

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  • Behind the scenes in Microsoft’s research laboratory in Cambridge

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 29 July 2010

    For the second year Microsoft Research in Cambridge opened its doors to an audience of press, academics, industry and policymakers for an event called “Enabling Innovation Through Research”.

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