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. 10 years is an eternity in the tech world, but we are just getting started

    I vividly remember October 29, 2008. I had invited colleagues from academia and industry to Building 99, home of Microsoft Research, for a daylong meeting to discuss the future of mobile and cloud computing. My friends flew to Redmond, Washington, from different parts of the world, and together in one of the conference rooms, we brainstormed ideas, using the whiteboard to design new cloud architectures, write down problems, and explore challenges. Eventually, we came up…

    October 19th, 2018

  2. The poet in the machine: Auto-generation of poetry directly from images through multi-adversarial training – and a little inspiration

    As the means of expressing thoughts and feelings too sublime and elusive to be conveyed in everyday language, poetry across all cultures occupies a most sophisticated and mysterious of realms, just beyond the outskirts of creativity. Along the language-based avenues of expression available to people, poetry represents a departure from casual speech; few possess the talent to produce it. Yet successful poetry is instantly recognized and appreciated by millions when it is encountered. To achieve…

    October 18th, 2018

  3. Designing the future with the help of the past with Bill Buxton

    Episode 46, October 17, 2018 - In a wide-ranging interview, Bill Buxton explains why Marcel Proust and TS Eliot can be instructive for computer scientists, why the long nose of innovation is essential to success in technology design, why problem-setting is more important than problem-solving, and why we must remember, as we design our technologies, that every technological decision we make is an ethical decision as well.

    October 17th, 2018

  4. UIST a showcase for innovation and an opportunity for professional growth

    Thirteen years ago, researchers Shamsi Iqbal, Jaime Teevan, and Meredith Ringel Morris met for the first time. They were graduate students participating in the Doctoral Symposium at the 2005 ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium. Teevan and Morris were slightly senior, preparing to graduate the next year, and Iqbal remembers that she hadn’t even chosen a dissertation topic yet. “They presented their amazing, almost-complete dissertation topics, and there I was still in the process of…

    October 15th, 2018

  5. Workshop yields concrete AI solutions for advancing societal good

    Artificial intelligence has made tremendous strides in recent years, but oftentimes, its potential to help tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues is overshadowed by concerns and misunderstandings surrounding this growing technology. To focus on AI’s potential for enabling social good, Microsoft Research India, in collaboration with the University of Southern California Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society, organized and hosted a two-day “AI and Societal Good” workshop on September 24–25 at Microsoft Research India’s…

    October 10th, 2018

  6. Leading labs with Dr. Jennifer Chayes

    Episode 45, October 10, 2018 - Dr. Chayes shares her passion for the value of undirected inquiry, talks about her unlikely journey from rebel to researcher, and explains how she believes her research philosophy – more botanist than boss – prepares the fertile ground necessary for important, innovative and impactful research.

    October 10th, 2018

  7. Microsoft Research presents its latest advances in computer systems at OSDI 2018

    Researchers from Microsoft Research will present their latest advances in computer systems at the USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation 2018 — the biennial flagship conference for systems research — October 8–10 in Carlsbad, California. These advances cover a broad spectrum of topics, as evident by the number of papers coauthored by researchers from Microsoft Research, which constitutes about a quarter of the conference’s technical program. These papers will be presented in nine…

    October 5th, 2018

  8. The Microsoft Infer.NET machine learning framework goes open source

    It isn’t every day that one gets to announce that one of the top-tier cross-platform frameworks for model-based machine learning is open to one and all worldwide. We’re extremely excited today to open source Infer.NET on GitHub under the permissive MIT license for free use in commercial applications. Open sourcing Infer.NET represents the culmination of a long and ambitious journey. Our team at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK embarked on developing the framework back in…

    October 5th, 2018

  9. The future is fusion with Asta Roseway

    Episode 44, October 3, 2018 - Asta Roseway gives an inside look at one of the most unconventional labs at Microsoft Research. Located at the intersection of science, technology and art, it’s a lab that insists that technology, like art, should push boundaries, tell stories and feed our souls. Get ready for the unexpected because when Asta asks “what if?” you’re likely to find yourself immersed in a world of responsive clothing, smart tattoos, talking…

    October 3rd, 2018

  10. SPACER and Z3: Accessible, reliable model checking as theorem proving

    “How can one check a routine in the sense of making sure that it is right?” asked Alan Turing in 1949, foreshadowing the science of program proving decades before it became a formally accepted field of computer science. Program proving, model checking, theorem solving – this is the terminology occupying the research space of computer science devoted to making sure programs work correctly. In the years since Turing theorized its necessity, the calculus of computation…

    October 2nd, 2018

  11. Reflections – the Grace Hopper Conference past and present

    This year I will be attending the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC), where I will be part of a panel discussion on the topic, “Will Artificial Intelligence Eliminate Accessibility Barriers?” (at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 26th). I’ve attended GHC three times in the past, but I must admit I am simultaneously excited and nervous about the projected attendance of 20,000 people this year! The first time I attended GHC was eighteen years…

    September 26th, 2018

  12. All about automated machine learning with Dr. Nicolo Fusi

    Episode 43, September 26, 2018 - Dr. Nicolo Fusi gives us an inside look at Automated Machine Learning – Microsoft’s version of the industry’s AutoML technology – and shares the story of how an idea he had while working on a gene editing problem with CRISPR/Cas9 turned into a bit of a machine learning side quest and, ultimately, a surprisingly useful instantiation of Automated Machine Learning - now a feature of Azure Machine Learning -…

    September 26th, 2018