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MSR Swiss Joint Research Center

From improving a golf swing to reducing energy in datacenters

2017 Swiss Joint Research Center kick off By Scarlet Schwiderski-Grosche, Senior Research Program Manager Recently, we celebrated an important milestone for our Swiss Joint Research Center (Swiss JRC). We welcomed top researchers from all partners to a workshop at the Microsoft Research Cambridge Lab, to kick off a new phase in our collaboration. This workshop represented the end of a busy 10-month period for the Swiss JRC during which we ramped down projects from the…

February 2017

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Partnership yields key breakthroughs in VR’s “grand challenge”

By Noboru Sean Kuno, Research Program Manager, Microsoft Research Asia The potential for virtual reality (VR) to upend industrial design, medicine, and other specialized fields has now vaulted the emerging field into the ranks of what the National Academy of Engineering calls its 14 grand challenges of the 21st century, an eclectic list of endeavors from preventing nuclear terror to securing cyberspace. The importance of improving VR and 3D immersive communication has been a cornerstone…

February 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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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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Summer school data science research could trigger real world changes

By John Kaiser, Writer, Microsoft Research Microsoft Research hosted its third annual Data Science Summer School in New York City as a diverse group of undergraduate students deployed some of the latest data crunching techniques on millions of rows of anonymized data in an effort to uncover useful information. “We’re really hoping to give them a flavor of solving a research problem that hasn’t yet been solved,” said Jake Hofman, one of several Microsoft Research…

August 2016

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Microsoft researchers enable secure data exchange in the cloud

By John Roach, Writer, Microsoft Research In the future, machine learning algorithms may examine our genomes to determine our susceptibility to maladies such as heart disease and cancer. Between now and then, computer scientists need to train the algorithms on genetic data, bundles of which are increasingly stored encrypted and secure in the cloud along with financial records, vacation photos and other bits and bytes of digitized information. And there the data sits, full of…

August 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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The SwimTrain exergame makes swim workouts fun again

By Miran Lee, Principal Research Program Manager, Microsoft Research To many who swim for exercise, workouts come down to the monotony of doing laps—swimming back and forth in a pool. Over and over. Unlike other exercisers, who can make their routines less of a chore by adding a social component—working out with friends, family, or in groups—swimmers really haven’t had many options, because coordinating a group of swimmers is difficult. The Korea Advanced Institute of…

May 2016

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Preventing flood disasters with Cortana Intelligence Suite

By Kristin Tolle, Director, Microsoft Research On October 31, 2013, the city of Austin, Texas, faced a destructive flood. At the time, I was visiting David Maidment, Chaired Professor of the Civil Engineering Center for Research in Water Resources on site at the University of Texas at Austin. The day before the flood, we had been discussing research and analytics around the long-standing drought conditions across western Texas. Overnight, a flash flood wreaked havoc on…

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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Crowdsourced health: How big data can enhance medical research

By George Thomas Jr., Writer, Microsoft There’s a reason “flu season” has earned its miserable prominence: When the flu is severe, it’s difficult to avoid. And if you’re a parent you know this all too well, since children play a key role in influenza transmission. That’s why, in 2013, health officials in the United Kingdom selected children in seven cities across England for an experiment on the effectiveness of flu vaccines. But when they tried…

April 2016

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