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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.

Top students contemplate the shape of the AI future at PhD Summer School

Beautiful summer weather, ice cold Pimm’s and the idyllic scenery along the River Cam greeted over 100 PhD students from across the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region who had traveled to Cambridge, England, to share and learn about artificial intelligence with tech visionaries and experienced researchers. Each year the Microsoft Research Cambridge Lab brings together tech luminaries and researchers with PhD students from research institutions across EMEA to explore the state of the…

July 2018

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Microsoft’s Jeannette M. Wing: Basic research is ‘the foundation of American prosperity and progress’

By Allison Linn, Senior Writer, Microsoft Photo credit: Scott Eklund/Red Box pictures Jeannette M. Wing, Microsoft’s corporate vice president in charge of the company’s basic research laboratories, appeared Wednesday before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. She was speaking at a hearing on Leveraging the U.S. Science and Technology Enterprise. Wing spoke on behalf of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Committee on New Models for U.S. Science and Technology Policy, which was formed…

May 2016

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Securing safe water through Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud

By Kenji Takeda, Solution Architect and Technical Manager, Microsoft Research Jacob Katuva used to get up at dawn to cycle 12 miles from his village to collect water with his uncles and cousins when he was growing up in Kenya.  Now he is part of a research team at the University of Oxford using cloud computing and mobile sensors to monitor water wells and help ensure that thousands of villages in rural Africa and Asia…

April 2016

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Cultivating collaboration: a people first approach

By Miran Lee, Principal Research Program Manager, Microsoft Research Asia When we focus on people first, great projects and new technologies can’t be far behind. This perspective guides Microsoft Research’s activities in every region, and Korea is no exception. Our very first partnership discussions in Korea reinforced this belief. It wasn’t going to be enough to talk to the heads of universities and professors about access to Microsoft’s technologies and resources, or simply to provide Korean…

March 2016

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Computational thinking, 10 years later

By Jeannette M. Wing, corporate vice president, Microsoft Research “Not in my lifetime.” That’s what I said when I was asked whether we would ever see computer science taught in K-12. It was 2009, and I was addressing a gathering of attendees to a workshop on computational thinking convened by the National Academies. I’m happy to say that I was wrong. It’s been 10 years since I published my three-page “Computational Thinking” viewpoint in the…

March 2016

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Here’s why Microsoft cares about basic research — and you should, too

Posted by Jeannette M. Wing The Internet, global positioning systems, the laser, multi-touch displays and search engines. What do these have in common? These technologies, which we take for granted today, came out of basic scientific research. Basic research creates knowledge. It advances our fundamental understanding of the world. Basic scientific research made today’s technology possible, and it will lead to tomorrow’s technological breakthroughs. That’s why we believe it is important for our company and…

October 2015

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Microsoft’s Jeannette Wing honored for transforming how the world views computing

Posted by Allison Linn When Jeannette Wing wrote what would prove to be a seminal paper on the topic of computational thinking, many of her colleagues were in the doldrums. It was the mid-2000s, the dot-com boom had recently busted and computer science professors were fretting that college students weren’t going to see any reason to take their classes. It was time, Wing decided, to remind the world that computer science is about more than…

June 2015

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