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. PhD Scholarship Program: Recognizing great research across EMEA

    The Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship Program in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) was launched in 2004 by Microsoft Research Cambridge, United Kingdom and has so far supported more than 200 PhD students from more than 18 countries and 51 institutions. The online submission tool for 2019 projects goes live on September 17 and the deadline for submissions is October 8, 2018. How it works Nominated PhD supervisors from academic institutions in EMEA submit their proposals…

    August 10th, 2018

  2. A conversation with Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott

    Episode 36, August 8, 2018 - In a wide-ranging interview, Microsoft's Chief Technology Officer, Kevin Scott shares his insights on both the history and the future of computing, talks about how his impulse to celebrate the extraordinary people “behind the tech” led to an eponymous non-profit organization and a podcast, and… reveals the superpower he got when he was in grad school.

    August 8th, 2018

  3. Three Microsoft fellowship programs support academics and the future of the computer science field

    To help academics advance their research, Microsoft has supported hundreds of fellows through the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship. This year we are expanding our funding support by creating two new fellowships: one designed to support diverse talent earning advanced degrees in computing-related fields, and one designed to support young faculty. Nominations for all three fellowships are now open. Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellowship  The new Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellowship aims to increase diverse talent…

    August 1st, 2018

  4. Research you can (really) use with Dr. Lenin Ravindranath Sivalingam

    Episode 35, August 1, 2018 - Dr. Ravindranath Sivalingam tells us why he is so passionate about what he does, explains how internships can literally change your life, and shares the story of how a hackathon idea turned into a prize-winning project… and then became the backbone of a powerhouse tool for gamers and their fans.

    August 1st, 2018

  5. Watch the live stream of the 2018 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit – Systems/Fueling Future Disruptions

    The Systems focused Microsoft Research Faculty Summit is just around the corner on August 1-2, 2018! This year’s summit will highlight how Systems are the infrastructure Fueling Future Disruptions by delivering an engaging program exploring not only the importance of systems and systems research but their fundamental role in fueling the future disruptions that are now becoming evident through artificial intelligence. Immerse yourself in the trends and challenges through the insightful keynotes, sessions and panels.…

    July 30th, 2018

  6. Project Malmo: Reinforcement learning in a complex world

    France’s victory over Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup was as thrilling as sports competition gets. If you’re as much a fan of the game as I am, you enjoyed watching 32 national teams vie for the title over a beautiful month across 11 cities in Russia. The riveting action taking place on the pitch reminded us of another kind of competition. But this one, instead of football teams, involves software agents. Two years…

    July 27th, 2018

  7. Top students contemplate the shape of the AI future at PhD Summer School

    Beautiful summer weather, ice cold Pimm’s and the idyllic scenery along the River Cam greeted over 100 PhD students from across the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region who had traveled to Cambridge, England, to share and learn about artificial intelligence with tech visionaries and experienced researchers. Each year the Microsoft Research Cambridge Lab brings together tech luminaries and researchers with PhD students from research institutions across EMEA to explore the state of the…

    July 26th, 2018

  8. Summer of MakeCode for kids

    Microsoft MakeCode is a web-based learning environment for kids and teens to create with technology. MakeCode takes a unique approach to computing education by combining the magic of making with the power of code as a way to make learning about computers and technology more accessible and interesting to a wider audience. We have created easy MakeCode projects that you can do with your kids at home over the summer using a different MakeCode product…

    July 25th, 2018

  9. ACM announces creation of Chuck Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award

    ACM – the Association for Computing Machinery – has created a new major award to honor 2009 A.M. Turing Laureate Charles P. “Chuck” Thacker. The award honors Thacker’s pioneering contributions to computing, considered by the community to have propelled the world in the early 1970s from a visionary idea to the reality of modern personal computing, providing people with an early glimpse of how computing would deeply influence us all. The award also celebrates Thacker’s…

    July 18th, 2018

  10. Building a global AI supercomputer – The 2018 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit

    We live in the age of the intelligent edge and intelligent cloud. Data is collected at the edge using billions of small devices. The data is pre-processed at the edge and shipped in a filtered and aggregated form to the cloud. In the cloud, the data is analyzed and used to train models which are in turn deployed at both the edge and in the cloud to make decisions. This way, computing and AI are…

    July 18th, 2018

  11. Machine Learning for fair decisions

    Over the past decade, machine learning systems have begun to play a key role in many high-stakes decisions: Who is interviewed for a job? Who is approved for a bank loan? Who receives parole? Who is admitted to a school? Human decision makers are susceptible to many forms of prejudice and bias, such as those rooted in gender and racial stereotypes. One might hope that machines would be able to make decisions more fairly than…

    July 17th, 2018

  12. New perspectives on contextual bandit

    What is the common denominator between the following situations: a doctor choosing among different drugs for a sequence of patients; a website selecting ads for its visitors based on the information it has about them; and a travel agency making recommendations to its customers for their next vacation? All can be viewed as instances of an abstract mathematical problem known as contextual multi-armed bandit. In the last decade, this problem has been a focus of…

    July 13th, 2018