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. Microsoft AirSim now available on Unity

    At Microsoft, we have a vision and passion to bring artificial intelligence solutions to real-world systems using the power of simulation. We continually strive to accelerate AI advances with the use of realistic simulators, tools, and environments. Today we are excited to announce AirSim availability on Unity.  AirSim developers will be able to leverage the Unity platform and ecosystem when building, training and evaluating autonomous systems in a simulated environment designed for AI. What is…

    November 14th, 2018

  2. Celebrating 20 years of MSR in Asia with Dr. Hsiao-Wuen Hon

    Episode 49, November 7, 2018 - Dr. Hon gives us a brief history of Microsoft Research Asia, from its humble beginnings to its significant role in the AI boom today, talks about Microsoft Research Asia’s unique talent pipeline, shares his vision for the complementary roles of machine intelligence and human wisdom, and explains why, he believes, the more progress we make in AI, the better we understand ourselves.

    November 7th, 2018

  3. Growing a generation of computer scientists – Microsoft Research Asia at 20 and going beyond technical achievement

    Microsoft Research Asia celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and the milestone provided an occasion for many in the industry to reflect on an amazing journey, one not only replete with excellence and technological achievement, but also significant in its profound influence as it cultivated a generation of computer scientists and engineers, catalyzed collaboration between education and industry throughout China and grew as an indispensable bridge that has brought the Asia region and the world…

    November 6th, 2018

  4. Cracking code-mixing — an important step in making human-computer interaction more engaging

    Communication is a large part of who we are as human beings, and today, technology has allowed us to communicate in new ways and to audiences much larger and wider than ever before. That technology has assumed single-language speech, which — quite often — does not reflect the way people naturally speak. India, like many other parts of the world, is multilingual on a societal level with most people speaking two or more languages. I…

    November 1st, 2018

  5. Encouraging developers and manufacturers to innovate with Eye Control

    Eye Control is an exciting technology in Windows 10 that allows customers to use their eyes to control an on-screen mouse, keyboard and text-to-speech experience. This is a technology that empowers people with limited mobility such as people living with ALS. As part of the National Disability Employer Awareness Month (NDEAM), Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella has shared a demo video showing the capabilities enabled by the APIs (Application Programming Interface) associated with the Eye Control.…

    October 31st, 2018

  6. Storing digital data in synthetic DNA with Dr. Karin Strauss

    Episode 48, October 31, 2018 - Dr. Strauss talks about life at the intersection of computer science and biology which, for many, is more like the intersection of science fiction and science, and explains how the unique properties of DNA could eventually enable us to store really big data in really small places for a really long time.

    October 31st, 2018

  7. Peeking into the future of mobile systems

    Mobile computing and communications have transformed the world over the past decade in ways scarcely imaginable. What exciting advances does the future hold in store? The aptly named MobiCom conference, the flagship conference of Association for Computing Machinery SIGMOBILE, is the place where the research community gathers each year to discuss cutting-edge research and to peek into the future. MobiCom 2018 will be held in New Delhi – the first time in its 24-year history…

    October 29th, 2018

  8. Data Science Summer School students take a fresh look at the world’s largest rapid transit system

    This month marked the 5th anniversary of the Microsoft Research Data Science Summer School (DS3). DS3 is an intensive, eight-week hands-on introduction to data science for college students in the New York City area committed to increasing diversity in computer science. The program is taught by leading scientists at Microsoft Research and is held at the Microsoft Research New York City lab. Each year the program receives upwards of 200 applications, out of which only…

    October 26th, 2018

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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