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  1. Group Shot: Getting Everyone to Smile

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder. The subtext of that hoary proverb, of course, is that sometimes the beholder’s eye doesn’t see things quite the same way that the rest of us do. The mental image—what appears in the mind’s eye—is what lingers, and that image, personalized and unique, is susceptible to many influences. Images produced by a camera—unencumbered by the unrivaled variety of…

    June 6th, 2006

  2. Multimouse Makes Computer Learning a Communal Experience

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research It was just past dusk when we ventured into the heart of the Nakalabande slum in the Jayanagar area of south-central Bangalore. We were seven in number—Kentaro, Udai, Vidya, Indrani, and me, accompanied by a reporter and a cameraman from Aaj Tak, one of India’s leading Hindi news channels. A skinny dog ambled listlessly by as we headed up an alley, then turned left into a warren of…

    May 25th, 2006

  3. Analyzing Complex Systems via Machine Learning

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research Moises Goldszmidt, well known for his research in machine learning, joined Microsoft Research’s Silicon Valley lab as a principal researcher in January 2006 after spending four years with the Utility Infrastructure Management Department of Hewlett-Packard Labs. A graduate of Universidad Simón Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela, he received his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his Ph.D. in computer science from UCLA.…

    May 9th, 2006

  4. Photo2Search: Explore the Real World via Camera Phone

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research There’s a new restaurant in town. Wonder what people are saying about it? Take a photo. That handy gadget you’ve been coveting is on sale at the mall. How does its price compare to those offered elsewhere? Snap a picture. A new, blockbuster movie arrives at your local theater. Thumbs up, or thumbs down? Point and shoot. It can’t be that easy, can it? Xing Xie says that,…

    April 12th, 2006

  5. Making Cellphones Enhance Village Economies in Rural India

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research Technology has revolutionized the developed world in recent years. The way we work, the way we play, the way we communicate—all have been transformed by the advent of the PC and the wave of devices that have followed. For computer users, the world is a richer, more interactive place. But what of those massive numbers of people in the world for whom computing remains a distant, elusive concept,…

    March 22nd, 2006

  6. Searching for Your Information? Go PHLAT Out

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research When you’re looking for information you have stored on your computer, you have a couple of choices. You can search for it, using, for example, Windows® Desktop Search. Or you can browse for it in your file structure. Those tactics commonly are considered two separate, discrete options. But are they, really? When you’re gathering all the information relevant to a particular project, you have to comb through your…

    March 14th, 2006

  7. Too Many E-Mails? SNARF Them Up!

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research Vacation’s over. You’ve had a grand time: intriguing locales, fun events, delicious food, memorable moments. You’re relaxed, your batteries recharged. Life is good. You get home and fire up your laptop to see how things have been going at work while you were gone. That’s when you’re accosted by grim reality: hundreds upon hundreds of e-mails, each demanding your attention, your action, your time. How can you even…

    November 30th, 2005

  8. Sensor Networks Get a Kick-Start

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research Feng Zhao has a vision. He sees a future in which a Reality Browser enables people from around the world to query the physical world, live and up close, from anywhere. He sees a virtual global observatory, a Macroscope, if you will, that enables a user to monitor Earth’s entire environment simultaneously. To underscore Microsoft Research’s continuing commitment to such innovations in the discipline of sensor networks, Zhao’s…

    November 12th, 2005

  9. Keeping E-Mail Safe: Microsoft Co-Sponsors Conference on E-Mail and Anti-Spam

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research Joshua Goodman’s grandfather recently got himself a new computer. He’s a medical writer who had been accustomed to typing his columns and mailing them to his publishers. But the publishers increasingly began to ask that he submit his material via e-mail, so he went out and purchased a new PC. Joshua Goodman’s grandfather is 90 years old. Such stories—we’ve all heard them—illustrate the importance society has come to…

    July 14th, 2005

  10. OMM: Mantra for Mobile Devices

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research Eric Horvitz is sitting at his desk in his Redmond, Wash., office, discussing Microsoft Outlook Mobile Manager 2.0 (OMM), a just-released, downloadable add-in for Microsoft Outlook, when something on his computer monitor catches his eye. The new application has flagged as urgent an incoming e-mail from somebody wanting to join the discussion. Moments later, she calls in, gratefully. OMM has made its latest convert. OMM brings the power…

    July 6th, 2005

  11. Using Wi-Fi to Make Your Device Find Where You Are

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research John Krumm, a researcher for Microsoft Research, is one of four co-writers of Accuracy Characterization for Metropolitan-Scale Wi-Fi Localization, a research paper accepted for presentation during MobiSys 2005, the Third International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services, to be held June 6-8 in Seattle. In the days before the event, Krumm, whose co-writers included Yu-Chung Cheng, of the University of California, San Diego; and Yatin Chawathe and…

    June 6th, 2005

  12. Susan Dumais: Changing the Way People Search for Information, Through Algorithms and User Interfaces

    Senior Microsoft Corp. Researcher Susan Dumais predicts that in 10 years, we will look back on today's search interfaces and recognize them as a simple and limited way to interact with information. After all, she explains, a 5-inch-long rectangle with a long list of text results beneath it doesn't do much to help people make sense of the billions upon billions of unorganized bits of data in the world. Dumais sees plenty of room for…

    April 5th, 2005