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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.

From research idea to research-powered product: behind the scenes with Azure Sphere

At RSA Conference 2018, Microsoft announced Azure Sphere, previewing a unique new solution to help connect and secure the most populous category of computing today: the tens of billions of devices powered by microcontrollers (MCUs). Azure Sphere represents an opportunity for Microsoft and our partners to serve a new era of computing with securely connected devices at tremendous scale. Just as Microsoft brought affordable PCs to every desk, with Azure Sphere we aim to enable…

April 2018

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Counting every person on Earth to eradicate poverty and empower women

The number one United Nations Sustainable Development Goal is to eliminate poverty, leaving nobody behind. Researchers in the United Kingdom are harnessing the large-scale data-processing power of Microsoft Azure to map the location of every person on Earth to provide the accurate population statistics needed to achieve this international humanitarian goal. “There are about 2 billion people in the world today who are so poor that they earn less every day than the price of…

September 2017

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Creating intelligent water systems to unlock the potential of Smart Cities

By Satish Sangameswaran, Principal Program Manager, and Vani Mandava, Director, Data Science The newspaper headlines about “Bangalore’s looming water crisis” have been ominous, with one urban planning expert proclaiming that Bangalore will become “unlivable” in a few years because of water scarcity. This is a critical issue that threatens the future of one of India’s fastest-growing cities. In fact, water availability is a cause for worry in the entire country. According to an estimate by…

July 2017

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P: A programming language designed for asynchrony, fault-tolerance and uncertainty

P: A programming language designed for asynchrony, fault-tolerance and uncertainty

By Shaz Qadeer, Principal Researcher The complexity of emerging software applications requires new approaches to understanding and then efficiently building, testing and debugging these systems. Today’s software uses cloud resources, is often embedded in devices in the physical world and employs artificial intelligence techniques. These three factors make today’s software systems an order of magnitude more difficult to develop. Often, these modern applications feature asynchrony, which happens when, to improve performance, the requestor of an…

May 2017

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From cancer to crop genomics — using Research as a Service at the intersection of computers and biology

By Kenji Takeda, Director, Azure for Research, AI and Research Ever since Nicola Bonzanni was a little boy playing in the tiny Italian village of Bonate Sotto, just north of Milan, he was fascinated by nature and by building things. As he grew up, he wondered how computing and nature might be intertwined. “While I was studying computer science I was inspired by nature in building new algorithms. But then I thought perhaps you could…

March 2017

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democratizing AI to improve citizen health

Democratizing AI to improve citizen health

By Kenji Takeda, Director, Azure for Research Doctors make life-saving — and life-changing — decisions every day. But how do they know that they are making the best decisions? Can artificial intelligence (AI) help? “Before evidence-based medicine, decision-making in health care was heavily reliant on the expertise and knowledge of the health professional, usually a doctor. What has happened in the last 20, 30 years is that the health care literature has exploded way beyond…

March 2017

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Data Science education at UC Berkeley

A new understanding of the world through grassroots Data Science education at UC Berkeley

By Vani Mandava, Director, Data Science, Microsoft Research While some may regard data science as an easy passport to a job for the tech savvy, Luis Macias has different ideas. The fourth-year undergraduate student, who is majoring in American Studies at University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), wants to turn the hype of data science into hope for low-income communities like the one he grew up in. Luis was among the first students to take…

March 2017

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Microsoft continues to support data science research with $3M cloud credits to NSF BIGDATA program

By Vani Mandava, Director, Data Science, Microsoft Research The National Science Foundation has launched a new solicitation in 2017 for the advancement of data science research and applications. The solicitation, titled Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA), is inviting proposals under two categories: Foundations (F),focusing on fundamental computational sciences with broad applicability to big data problems; and innovative applications (IA) targeting translational activities in…

January 2017

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Microsoft accelerates data science at The Alan Turing Institute with $5m in cloud computing credits

By Kenji Takeda, Director, Azure for Research, Microsoft Research Microsoft is excited to be empowering researchers at The Alan Turing Institute to achieve more by awarding $5 million in Microsoft Azure cloud computing credits. The Turing is the U.K.’s national center for data science, with its headquarters at the British Library in London. It is a joint venture founded by the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, University College London and Warwick and the UK Engineering…

October 2016

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Boosting fitness and workplace performance looks to machine learning for answers

By Miran Lee, Principal Research Program Manager, Microsoft Research A field study exploring the usability of integrating fitness equipment into a workstation environment has researchers looking to tap next-generation machine learning innovations to address the seemingly elusive challenge of burning calories without ever leaving the desk. Elliptical trainers small enough to fit under a desk may seem like a perfect way to stay fit and be productive at work. But until recently no one had…

September 2016

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Our open source commitment: The proof is in the projects

By Miran Lee, Principal Research Program Manager & Winnie Cui, Senior Research Program Manager, Microsoft Research Asia Openness allows innovation to evolve in unforeseen, novel and exciting ways, and sometimes even provides solutions that no one ever imagined were possible. Getting more done with crowdsourcing One such innovation is GeoMission (geo-location-based mission), a crowdsourcing platform developed by MSRA and a team of researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). GeoMission lets users…

July 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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