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Collaborating with institutions

Academic Programs


Accelerating Foundation Models Research

Research Areas: Artificial intelligence

Through this program, we hope to re-imagine AI learning and research using foundation models, while also exploring new use cases that can complement human ingenuity through diversified research expertise.

Microsoft Climate Research Initiative

Research Areas: Ecology and environment

The Microsoft Climate Research Initiative (MCRI) is a community of multi-disciplinary researchers working together to fight climate change.

Microsoft Turing Academic Program (MS-TAP)

Research Areas: Human language technologies

Our efforts are aimed at advancing principles of learning and reasoning, exploring novel applications, and pursuing better understanding of challenges and opportunities with regard to the ethical and responsible use of large-scale neural language models.

Inria Joint Center

Research Areas: Multiple

The Centre's objective is to pursue fundamental, long-term research in formal methods, software security, and the application of computer science research to the sciences.

Optics for the Cloud Research Alliance

Research Areas: Systems and networking

Microsoft Research Cambridge has brought together its Optics for the Cloud collaborations with several university research groups in Europe and the US to create the Optics for the Cloud Research Alliance. This Alliance investigates and develops optical technologies for the cloud. The Alliance takes a multi-disciplinary approach to tackle big and open challenges, with an aim to enable greater adoption of optical technologies in cloud infrastructure, including cloud storage, network and compute.

Studies in Pandemic Preparedness

Research Areas: Medical, health and genomics

These collaborative projects with academia span topics including infection prevention and control, treatment and diagnostics, allocation of resources, mental health implications and return to work.

Swiss Joint Research Center

Research Areas: Computer vision, Human-computer interaction

The Microsoft Research Swiss Joint Research Center was established on June 2013 as the renewal of ICES (Innovation Cluster for Embedded Software), a collaborative research engagement between ETH Zurich, École Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), and Microsoft Research. Their shared vision is that the center undertake the toughest computer science challenges in areas as diverse as human-computer interaction, machine vision, performance and energy scalability, mobile computing, and data center optimization.

Microsoft Research & Mila

Research Areas: Artificial intelligence

Microsoft Research has been a partner of Mila’s (Montreal Institute of Learning Algorithms) since its inception, forging strong collaborations between its researchers to advance state-of-the-art deep learning research.

Microsoft Research & Berkeley AI Research (BAIR)

Research Areas: Multiple

Microsoft Research is a proud partner of the Berkeley AI Research Open Commons (BAIR), forging strong collaborations between researchers, students and faculty pursuing research on fundamental advances in computer vision, machine learning, natural language processing, planning, control, and robotics. The goal of the collaboration is to create and contribute new data and research for the open research community while advancing state-of-the-art AI research.

Microsoft Research-Cambridge University Machine Learning Initiative

Research Areas: Artificial intelligence

Microsoft (opens in new tab)'s partnership with the University of Cambridge (opens in new tab) aims to boost the number of AI researchers in the UK and help them change the world for the better. The Microsoft Research-Cambridge University Machine Learning Initiative is supporting PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and interns at the world-leading university, working closely with Microsoft Research (opens in new tab). This effort is supported by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council Prosperity…