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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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Microsoft improves programming flexibility of its AI toolkit

By Chris Basoglu, Partner Engineering Manager, Microsoft Technology and Research Earlier this year, Microsoft made its open source Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK), a tool used to speed up advances in artificial intelligence, available on GitHub. Today, with CNTK 1.5, we are adding significant language enhancements, an expanded toolbox of features, and improved readers for text and speech. One of CNTK’s advantages is its ability to scale efficiently across multiple GPUs and machines. CNTK 1.5 introduces…

June 2016

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Microsoft Research receives IEEE Council honor

Citing 25 years of significant impact on software engineering research, the IEEE Computer Society Technical Council on Software Engineering has awarded Microsoft Research the 2016 TCSE Distinguished Synergy Award. The award was presented Thursday, May 19, at the International Conference on Software Engineering in Austin, Texas. Tom Ball, Principal Research Manager; Wolfram Schulte, Partner Group Software Engineering Manager; Dongmei Zhang, Principal Research Manager; Brendan Murphy, Principal Researcher; Rick Kazman, Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee…

May 2016

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Opening the door to innovation: winners of the first Microsoft Open Source Challenge announced

By Judith Bishop, Director of Computer Science, Microsoft Research A thriving research and development ecosystem relies on connecting innovators with the tools for innovation. When we launched the Microsoft Open Source Challenge earlier this year, that’s just what we had in mind: Put open source code and data into the hands of students. Give them free rein, just a few rules, a little incentive, and then watch them build with, and on top of Microsoft’s…

April 2016

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Buckled up and ready to go? Untangling airports using open source tools on Microsoft Azure

Nobody likes a delay at the airport.  Many of us have spent time buckled up, ready for takeoff, wondering why our plane is stuck on its way between the gate and the runway. Scientists in the United Kingdom are working hard to help untangle these airport operations, to help save fuel, money, and impact on the environment. Cloud computing is empowering the research team to parse the anatomy of these snarls and create a model…

February 2016

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WorldWide Telescope finds a new home at the American Astronomical Society

By Jonathan Fay, Principal Software Development Engineer, Microsoft Research Founded in 2007, WorldWide Telescope (WWT) began as a “dream project” for Jim Gray, Curtis Wong, and myself. In July 2015, WWT was classified as an open source project. Now, in 2016, we marked another milestone for WWT as we moved from our current home at Microsoft Research to become part of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and a migration to Microsoft Azure. The AAS, formed…

February 2016

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Microsoft open sources Distributed Machine Learning Toolkit for more efficient big data research

By George Thomas Jr., Writer, Microsoft Researchers at the Microsoft Asia research lab this week made the Microsoft Distributed Machine Learning Toolkit openly available to the developer community. The toolkit, available now on GitHub, is designed for distributed machine learning — using multiple computers in parallel to solve a complex problem. It contains a parameter server-based programing framework, which makes machine learning tasks on big data highly scalable, efficient and flexible. It also contains two…

November 2015

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GHC open source code-a-thon to benefit humanitarian relief

When Vidya Srinivasan returns to the Grace Hopper conference this week, she’ll get a quick answer to her recent tweet about the opening day Code-a-thon—“LOVE #OpenSource?” Affirmations will surely come in the form of the 230 participants signed up for Open Source Day when the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing begins Wednesday in Houston. Contagious enthusiasm has never been in short supply at what is the largest gathering of women in computing. In…

October 2015

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Sora high performance software radio is now open source

Posted by Jane Ma Microsoft researchers today announced that their high-performance software radio project is now open sourced through GitHub. The goal for Microsoft Research Software Radio (Sora) is to develop the most advanced software radio possible, capable of implementing the latest wireless communication technology easily and efficiently. “We believe that a fully open source Sora will better support the research community on more scientific innovation,” said Kun Tan, a senior research on the software…

July 2015

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Microsoft open sources WorldWide Telescope

We are incredibly pleased to announce that the WorldWide Telescope is now open source under the MIT license and has become an independent project as part of the .NET Foundation. WorldWide Telescope began in 2007 as a Microsoft Research project, with early partners including astronomers and educators from Caltech, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, the University of Chicago and several NASA facilities. Over the past eight years, millions of people have downloaded and used WorldWide Telescope,…

July 2015

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Open-source projects shine at workshop

Wandering through the streets of Madrid, alive with people socializing until late at night, I was reminded of the importance of networking and collaboration. For Microsoft Research, it is our lifeblood. Through our joint research centers, along with internships, scholarships, fellowships, and visitor programs, we remain connected to researchers who share our passion to use computing to improve lives. Last month, those connections were on full display as we celebrated our collaborations with European institutions…

May 2015

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