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The Microsoft Research blog provides in-depth views and perspectives from our researchers, scientists and engineers, plus information about noteworthy events and conferences, scholarships, and fellowships designed for academic and scientific communities.

ACM announces creation of Chuck Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award

ACM – the Association for Computing Machinery – has created a new major award to honor 2009 A.M. Turing Laureate Charles P. “Chuck” Thacker. The award honors Thacker’s pioneering contributions to computing, considered by the community to have propelled the world in the early 1970s from a visionary idea to the reality of modern personal computing, providing people with an early glimpse of how computing would deeply influence us all. The award also celebrates Thacker’s…

July 2018

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Give your dissertation a boost with a grant from Microsoft Research

Need funding to clear a hurdle in the final stages of your dissertation research? Microsoft Research is offering grants of up to US $25,000 to help a select group of doctoral students cross the finish line and enter the workforce. The Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant is for PhD students at U.S. and Canadian universities from underrepresented groups in computing, including women, African-Americans/Blacks, Latinos, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders and/or people with disabilities. The program…

February 2018

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Class of 2018-19 PhD fellows to push frontiers of AI

Class of 2018-19 PhD fellows to push frontiers of AI By Sandy Blyth A graduate student working on technology that leverages human brain signals to accelerate robot learning and another student who is developing models of human conversations that capture what is explicitly communicated and implicitly conveyed are among the diverse group of ten fellows accepted to the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship Program for the 2018-2019 academic year, Microsoft’s research organization announced on Tuesday. “These…

January 2018

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Dissertation Grant Winners Announced

Support for under-represented Ph.D. students in computer sciences By Lynn Parker, Writer, Microsoft The Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant program offers financial support to selected doctoral students from groups that are under-represented in the field of computing in the form of grants to complete their dissertations. The grants were announced today, so I sat down with Dr. Meredith (Merrie) Ringel Morris, chair of the Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant program and a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research,…

June 2017

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Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant Program

New Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant provides support to under-represented groups in computing

By Dr. Meredith Ringel Morris, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research I am pleased to announce that Microsoft Research is funding a new academic program, the Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant. This grant program offers selected doctoral students doing computing research at U.S. and Canadian universities up to US $20,000 to fund their dissertation work. This program is open to students currently under-represented in the technology sector, including women, people with disabilities, and people who are African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino,…

March 2017

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Microsoft Research PhD fellowships provide financial support to promising researchers

By Jim Pinkelman, Senior Director, Microsoft Research Since 2008, Microsoft Research has been awarding two-year PhD fellowships to computer science and related researchers at leading universities in the United States and Canada. These awards are designed to help promising young researchers focus on their studies, not their finances! This year’s program provides fellowships to 10, second- or third-year PhD students who are studying computer science, electrical engineering or mathematics. Recipients receive full tuition for their…

February 2017

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2017 Microsoft Research PhD scholarships support break-through projects in six countries

By Jim Pinkelman, Senior Director, Microsoft Research Since 2004, the Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship Programme in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) has supported groundbreaking PhD projects. This year we have 17 projects that span six countries, and include research areas such as computational biology, machine learning, and health science. The winning PhD projects for the 2017-2018 school academic year were selected from 33 PhD supervisor-led proposals. These PhD supervisors will collaborate with an assigned…

January 2017

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Stack of Microsoft researchers earn distinctions from premier computing society

By John Roach, Writer, Microsoft Research Eight computer scientists at Microsoft research labs around the world have been honored as Fellows of the Association of Computing Machinery, the world’s largest computing society. The organization also named five Microsoft researchers to their list of Distinguished Members. The honors recognize the individuals’ significant contributions and impact to computer science across a range of disciplines and highlight the “tremendous respect, reputation and visibility of Microsoft researchers in the…

December 2016

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Calling all Internet of Things researchers…

By Kenji Takeda, Solutions Architect and Technical Manager and Arjmand Samuel, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft Research We are in the midst of an invisible revolution, with the promise of ubiquitous and pervasive computing not a dream but a newly emerging reality. The nexus of cheap and capable devices, connectivity and cloud computing is rapidly giving shape to the Internet of Things (IoT). It’s now delivering real-world impact across multiple industries from agriculture to aviation — as well…

July 2016

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Microsoft fellowship program supports women in computing

By Susan Dumais, Distinguished Scientist, Microsoft Research Women are woefully under-represented in computing-related fields. Despite earning more than half of all baccalaureate degrees throughout North America, women make up fewer than 20 percent of graduates in computer and information sciences, according to the latest figures from the Taulbee Survey. At Microsoft Research, we’re committed to helping address this imbalance through the Microsoft Research Women’s Fellowship Program. The fellowships directly support female computer scientists as they…

July 2016

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Preliminary KDD Cup 2016 third phase and overall results announced

By Alex Wade, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft Research The preliminary results are in for the third and final round of the $10,000 KDD Cup 2016, and it was a squeaker!  The top ten finalists, out of a field of 3,773 submissions from 554 teams, were separated by only .01 points. Their task? To rank research institutions by influence, based on their predictions of the number of papers that would be accepted to top conferences in…

July 2016

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