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Harry Shum announces MSR Alumni Network

July 14, 2016 | By Microsoft blog editor

By Harry Shum, Executive Vice President, Technology and Research, Microsoft

Harry Shum & Bill Gates at Faculty Summit 2016

Harry Shum & Bill Gates talk about Future Visions during a fireside chat at the 2016 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit on July 14, 2016. (Photography by Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures)

Today we launched the Microsoft Research Alumni Network on LinkedIn as part of the 25th Anniversary of Microsoft Research (MSR). The LinkedIn group is dedicated to connecting the thousands of past MSR employees, postdoctoral researchers and interns with us. Together, our alumni and current Microsoft researchers have published more than 20,000 papers — much of it in open collaboration with leading universities around the world. The expertise and ground-breaking work from these researchers represents a rich legacy across many areas such as machine learning, computer vision, systems, theory, quantum computing, formal methods, robotics, networking, human computer interaction, data visualization, security, privacy, cryptography and multimedia.

MSR has provided the home for outstanding computer scientists who have gone on to leading positions in academia and industry including: Alex Acero (169 publications at MSR, now with Apple), Jim Larus (55 publications at MSR, now with EPFL) and Andrew Blake (97 publications at MSR, now with the UK’s Alan Turing Institute) — all of whom were part of MSR for 15 years or more.

Membership in the Alumni Network is free and not only provides connections to Microsoft Researchers, but will include a range of opportunities to reconnect with other members through both virtual and in-person events as well as early insight into breaking news, technologies and research trends.

Invitations to join the group will go out shortly to all former MSR employees. MSR alumni can request entry to the group: MSR Alumni Network.

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