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Applied Sciences

Applied Sciences is an applied research and development group dedicated to creating the next generation of computer interaction technologies.  Our interdisciplinary team of scientists and developers focuses on synergies among optics, vision, electronics, artificial intelligence, software, manufacturing technology, material science, acoustics, and signal processing using other sensory inputs to create novel human-computer interfaces.

These explorations help incubate next-generation technologies and experiences across several of Microsoft’s devices such as Surface, Xbox, Mobile, Hub, and HoloLens.  The team works collaboratively with product groups, and with other research groups within Microsoft, not only to push beyond the boundaries of present technical feasibilities, but also to transfer fundamental concepts into shipping solutions that can be experienced by millions.

Team collaborating around a Surface Studio
Microsoft Technical Fellow Steven Bathiche giving his keynote address at Microsoft Build 2023

Three models for integrating A.I. into apps

Artificial intelligence will reshape human-computer interaction.  But how?  Microsoft Technical Fellow Steven Bathiche proposes three models for integrating A.I. into the user experience at Microsoft Build 2023.

Vivek Pradeep

Designing devices for artificial intelligence

Applied Sciences’ Vivek Pradeep talks with Harshitha Murthy about creating new device architectures optimized for the world’s most advanced A.I. models and natural-language interfaces.

Two researchers conversing by way of displays with embedded cameras

Just like being there

In-screen cameras and artificial intelligence combine to create a more natural videoconferencing experience.

Camera in Display
Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay and Applied Sciences head Steven Bathiche unveil new A.I. features in Windows and Surface

The new A.I. experiences

Voice Focus, Auto-Framing, Eye Contact, and Portrait Blur showcase the power of Surface’s new NPU in this live demo at Ignite 2022

The new Surface Duo

Applied Sciences in the news

Recent media coverage highlights the team’s innovative contributions to new Microsoft products.