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. The Quest for Quality Searches

    By Janie Chang, Writer, Microsoft Research When the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM’s) Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR) holds a conference, it must be difficult for participants to decide which sessions to attend, because creating easy, effective search experiences these days involves challenges potentially as diverse as dealing with multimedia, social media, relevance judgments, unstructured searches, and massive scalability. The 33rd annual ACM SIGIR Conference, being held at the University of Geneva from…

    July 19th, 2010

  2. Design Expo Focus: Student Innovation

    By Janie Chang, Writer, Microsoft Research Since 2003, Microsoft Research’s Faculty Summit Design Expo program has promoted interdisciplinary collaboration between the design and computer-science academic communities, while fostering closer ties between Microsoft and design schools. Each year, Microsoft Research invites some of the top interaction-design schools from around the world to join its Design Expo and provides sponsorships that enable the schools to offer a semester-long, team-based project course. It’s up to each school to…

    July 14th, 2010

  3. Rashid, Hey Award 2010 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellows During Faculty Summit

    By Tony Hey, corporate vice president, Microsoft External Research, a division of Microsoft Research This morning, on the second day of Faculty Summit 2010, we at Microsoft Research are proud to announce seven of the world's top university researchers as this year's awardees for the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellows grant program. In its sixth year, the rigorous application process was opened to an international audience, giving away $1.4 million, with no strings attached. This year's…

    July 13th, 2010

  4. Microsoft Research unveils next generation of WorldWide Telescope at 11th Annual Faculty Summit

    Great discoveries are often the result of collaboration, and for three days this week, during the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2010, more than 350 attendees representing various universities, industries, and governmental agencies are gathering to combine forces. Participants will be looking to foster collaboration that advances research, inspires technological innovation, enhances the educational experience and cultivates the next generation of thought leaders. Held at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Wash. and hosted by Microsoft External Research,…

    July 12th, 2010

  5. Terapixel Project: Lots of Data, Expertise

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research How can you achieve the impossible? Easy—as long as you have the right people and the right tools. The Terapixel project from Microsoft Research Redmond is proof positive. The effort—to create the largest, seamless spherical image ever made of the night sky—has tantalized astronomers for decades, but the sheer volume of data and the challenges in data manipulation have proved frustrating. Until now, that is. A small but…

    July 12th, 2010

  6. Microsoft Biology Foundation Available for Free Download

    On July 10, in Boston, the External Research division of Microsoft Research will introduce the Microsoft Biology Initiative, resources designed to help biological scientists and programmers conduct research more efficiently and affordably. These include the first post-beta release of the Microsoft Biology Foundation (MBF), a language-neutral bioinformatics tool kit built as an extension to the Microsoft .NET Framework. In addition to a new genome assembler, performance enhancements, and other improvements, MBF builds upon the vision…

    July 9th, 2010

  7. Microsoft Research and WorldWideScience.org Collaborate to Remove Language Barriers

    In Helsinki, Finland, on June 11, during the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) Annual Conference 2010, it was my honor to participate in the announcement of the official launch of multilingual WorldWideScience.org. This new, global resource is the result of collaboration between Microsoft Research and WorldWideScience.org, an international alliance of national science and technology agencies and libraries representing 65 countries. The operating agent for WorldWideScience.org is the U.S. Department of Energy's Office…

    June 15th, 2010

  8. New Award Honors Significance of Open, Available Data

    For several years, Microsoft External Research has been a proud sponsor of the BioMed Central Research Awards. The awards honor excellence in an approach to publishing known as "open access research," whereby content is available not only to subscribers but also to anyone online. This year, as a result of  productive discussions with BioMed Central's managing director, Matthew Cockerill, the increasingly significant role data plays in research has been recognized with the first BioMed Central…

    June 14th, 2010

  9. Stanford Students Take to the Cloud

    In conducting research, we often look to the past for answers. Today, at Stanford University, I had the opportunity to look to the future. This morning I watched four excellent presentations delivered by the teams of students enrolled in CS210, Project-Based Computer Science Innovation & Development; and this afternoon, I attended the class' fair, modeled after a trade show, where I was able to delve more deeply into each of the projects. If the inquisitiveness,…

    June 3rd, 2010

  10. Software Engineering Innovation Foundation Announces Awards

    "Software Engineering!? What do I know of computers and software?" So said Archbishop Tutu as he welcomed 700 computer scientists to the 32nd annual International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), held the first week of May in Cape Town, South Africa. The venerable icon, Nobel prize winner and champion of human rights went on to add "I am not so old or disconnected from the modern world that I don't realise that computers and software…

    May 27th, 2010

  11. Monitoring the Brazilian Rainforest with a Sensor Network

    Last week, at the Microsoft Research sixth annual Latin American Faculty Summit in Guaruja, Brazil, Rob Fatland, program manager with Microsoft Research, and Humberto da Rocha, professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the Universidade de São Paulo, led an intriguing presentation about their Atlantic Rainforest Micrometeorology Sensor Network Pilot Study. It’s a study that took place a mere 130 miles from where the Faculty Summit was held—a local project that could have broad…

    May 23rd, 2010

  12. Understanding the Rainforest Ecosystem

    By Janie Chang, Writer, Microsoft Research The Brazilian rainforests are of immense importance to the world. They help regulate climate temperatures, create rainfall, and provide habitat for biodiversity. On the southeast coast of Brazil, the Atlantic Rainforest Sensor Networking Project is attempting to monitor how a small section of the forest is behaving on a minute-by-minute basis. Micrometeorology—the study of atmosphere just above the ground on small time and spatial scales—is critical to understanding how…

    May 20th, 2010