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. Surface + Robotics = Life-Saving Possibilities

    In the realm of applied research, perhaps nothing is more satisfying than working on projects that can help save lives.  Such is the case with a unique project at the University of Massachusetts Lowell that combines Microsoft Surface and Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio in a Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) application to create novel remote controls for rescue robots.  To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time these two technologies have been used together—tell…

    September 27th, 2010

  2. The Cloud, to go: Project Hawaii

    Mobile devices, of all shapes and forms, are the fastest-growing computing segment. While mobile devices are ubiquitous, they offer limited computation, storage, and power. Cloud computing promises to fill this gap by providing computation and storage to mobile devices connected to the network. Project Hawaii enhances the mobile and cloud environments with web services to enable interesting application scenarios possible only with this combination, specially tailored for teaching at university level. Developed by Microsoft Research,…

    September 21st, 2010

  3. Celebrating Italian Faculty Days

    A global perspective is informed by knowledge gathered from around the world, and Sept. 16 in Rome, Microsoft Research had an opportunity to exchange information about the scientific foundations of the most recent computer-science technologies from an Italian point of view. One in a series of similar events, the Italian Faculty Days gathering was attended by leading researchers, faculty, and other IT professionals from Microsoft Research, academia, and private industry.  The event was held in…

    September 17th, 2010

  4. U.K. e-Science Program a ’Jewel’

    On a gloomy day in December 2009, an international panel of experts met at the unlikely venue of a football stadium on the outskirts of Oxford, U.K. The panel, chaired by Dan Atkins, who recently stepped down as director of the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Office of Cyberinfrastructure, convened to review the achievements of the U.K. e-Science Programme, which I had the privilege of directing from 2001 to 2005, before I joined Microsoft Research. The…

    September 15th, 2010

  5. ScholarLynk facilitates management and sharing of research

    Regardless of how much content is available to today's researchers, it loses value if it cannot be properly managed and shared. At this week's 14th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries (ECDL) at Glasgow University in Scotland, Microsoft Research will present the prototype of ScholarLynk, a desktop solution designed to help researchers more effectively manage, organize, and share ideas and information. One of the main goals of ScholarLynk is to make…

    September 3rd, 2010

  6. Microsoft Researchers Present New Statistical Method for Genetic Analysis

    A deeper understanding of a disease's genetic underpinnings can lead to better biological insight into the disease and, thus, to improvements in screening, treatment, and drug development. This week, Jennifer Listgarten, David Heckerman, and Carl Kadie of Microsoft Research and Eric E. Schadt of Pacific Biosciences made a significant contribution to researchers' insight into the role genetics plays in human disease. Their article, Correction for Hidden Confounders in the Genetic Analysis of Gene Expression, was…

    August 23rd, 2010

  7. Internships: Opening the Door to the Future

    Yusuke Sugano's enthusiasm for technology inspired him to earn a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Tokyo earlier this year, but his internships with Microsoft Research Asia were what fostered his passion for the value of collaborative relationships.  In March 2008, Sugano successfully completed an internship in Beijing. He then was accepted into the Microsoft Research Worldwide Internship Program, and in April 2010, he arrived at Microsoft's corporate headquarters in Redmond to work…

    August 16th, 2010

  8. MIDAS: A Golden Opportunity in Russia

    By Rob Knies, Senior Editor, Microsoft Research Collaboration is one of the hallmarks of Microsoft Research. Across the organization, the desire to work with world-class computer scientists takes on many forms, all with the express interest of advancing the state of the art in computer science and related fields. Such efforts present a myriad of challenges, but the rewards and the collegiality thus engendered regularly prove invaluable. The latest example begins Aug. 8 in St.…

    August 9th, 2010

  9. Computing Research Association Gathering Informs, Inspires

    In even-numbered years, North America's Computing Research Association (CRA) gathers computer-science department heads, deans, provosts, and major computer-science funding agencies at the Snowbird Resort and Conference Center in the Wasatch Mountains, not far from Salt Lake City. Hot on the heels of Microsoft Research's Faculty Summit, the Snowbird Conference occurred July 18-20. The insight shared during sessions on statistics, trends, and the best ways to communicate computer science is applicable to the field as a whole,…

    July 29th, 2010

  10. Microsoft Web N-gram Services: Expanded Availability, New API

    During the Association for Computing Machinery's 33rd annual SIGIR Conference, on July 19-23, 2010 in Geneva, Microsoft Research is announcing enhancements to the Microsoft Web N-gram Services, available free via a cloud-based platform. Microsoft Research created Microsoft Web N-gram Services to help drive discovery and innovation by enabling scientists to conduct research on real-world, web data. Microsoft Web N-gram Services support many research areas that have the potential to change lives, including natural language processing and…

    July 19th, 2010

  11. 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

  12. 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