Microsoft Research Blog

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.

  1. Making ‘micromoments’ work for you

    Imagine you’ve been asked to write a crucial document for your company, perhaps a detailed outline of its long-term strategy. You’re excited, but don’t know when you’ll find the time to write it. As you sit in a meeting later that day, waiting for the person who arranged it, you envision the outline and the starting sentence or two. You realize you might have to put in some late nights and early mornings to get…

    April 12th, 2019

  2. Holograms, spatial anchors and the future of computer vision with Dr. Marc Pollefeys

    On today’s podcast, Dr. Pollefeys brings us up to speed on the latest in computer vision research, including his innovative work with Azure Spatial Anchors, tells us how devices like Kinect and HoloLens may have cut their teeth in gaming, but turned out to be game changers for both research and industrial applications, and explains how, while it’s still early days now, in the future, you’re much more likely to put your computer on your…

    April 10th, 2019

  3. Rapidly enabling autonomy at scale with simulation

    Autonomous Systems have attracted a lot of attention as they promise to improve efficiency, reduce cost and most importantly take on tasks that are too dangerous for humans. However, building a real-world autonomous system that would operate safely at scale is a very difficult task. For example, the first self-sufficient autonomous cars were demonstrated by Carnegie Mellon University’s Navigation Laboratory in the 1980s and while there has been great progress, achieving safe and reliable autonomy…

    April 8th, 2019

  4. Enabling design with Ann Paradiso

    Episode 70, April 3, 2019 - On today’s podcast, Ann tells us all about life in the extreme constraint design lane, explains what a PALS is, and tells us some incredibly entertaining stories about how the eye tracking technology behind the Eye Controlled Wheelchair and the Hands-Free Music Project has made its way from Microsoft’s campus to some surprising events around the country, including South by Southwest and Mardi Gras.

    April 3rd, 2019

  5. EverCrypt cryptographic provider offers developers greater security assurances

    Project Everest is a multiyear collaborative effort focused on building a verified, secure communications stack designed to improve the security of HTTPS, a key internet safeguard. This post, about the high-performance industrial-grade EverCrypt cryptographic provider, is the second in a series exploring the groundbreaking work, which is available on GitHub now. If you’re reading this blog post right now, you’re likely using HTTPS, the most popular application of the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol. In…

    April 2nd, 2019

  6. Giant steps and liberating spaces – Virtual Reality is making cool moves

    Cool innovations are happening in how virtual reality researchers are resolving natural locomotion challenges and how they relate to story space, as well as in liberating users from the small, object-free player settings of today, to allow them to safely roam the real world. Virtual Reality (VR) has become familiar to many people in past years. Users can put on a head-mounted display (HMD) and immediately be transferred to an imaginary world where everything they…

    March 22nd, 2019

  7. Project Triton and the physics of sound with Dr. Nikunj Raghuvanshi

    Episode 68, March 20, 2019 - Today, Dr. Raghuvanshi talks about the unique challenges of simulating realistic sound on a budget (both money and CPU), explains how classic ideas in concert hall acoustics need a fresh take for complex games like Gears of War, reveals the computational secret sauce you need to deliver the right sound at the right time, and tells us about Project Triton, an acoustic system that models how real sound waves…

    March 20th, 2019

  8. Advancing Human-Centered AI

    We’re excited about the formal launch of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) on Monday, March 18th. We resonate with Fei-Fei Li, John Etchemendy, and other leaders at Stanford on the promise of taking an interdisciplinary approach to AI, on a pathway guided by insights about human intelligence, and one that carefully considers the goals and needs of people and society. Microsoft Research is enthusiastic about partnering with Stanford University on a shared…

    March 18th, 2019

  9. Towards universal language embeddings

    Language embedding is a process of mapping symbolic natural language text (for example, words, phrases and sentences) to semantic vector representations. This is fundamental to deep learning approaches to natural language understanding (NLU). It is highly desirable to learn language embeddings that are universal to many NLU tasks. Two popular approaches to learning language embeddings are language model pre-training and multi-task learning (MTL). While the former learns universal language embeddings by leveraging large amounts of…

    March 18th, 2019

  10. Researchers seek to simplify the complex in cloud computing

    From February 26–28, researchers gathered in Boston for the 16th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI), one of the top conferences in the networking and systems field. Microsoft, a silver sponsor of the event, was represented by researchers serving on the program committee, as well as those presenting papers, including two research teams using novel abstractions to empower and better serve cloud users. “Both papers describe new ways to cope with the…

    March 13th, 2019

  11. Programming biology with Dr. Andrew Phillips

    Episode 67, March 13, 2019 - Today, Dr. Phillips talks about the challenges and rewards inherent in reverse engineering biological systems to see how they perform information processing. He also explains what we can learn from stressed out bacteria, and tells us about Station B, a new end-to-end platform his team is working on that aims to reduce the trial and error nature of lab experiments and help scientists turn biological cells into super-factories that…

    March 13th, 2019

  12. Calling all aspiring women in Data Science

    What started as a one-day conference organized by Stanford University in 2015, Women in Data Science (WiDS) has blossomed into a movement bringing together women data scientists and aspiring data scientists via a series of over 150 virtual and in-person events worldwide, ultimately culminating in the March 4, 2019 main event at Stanford. Microsoft is a proud partner of WiDS; in addition to supporting the Datathon via the webinar, Microsoft also provided Xboxes as prizes.…

    March 12th, 2019