Computing in the 21st Century 2013


In this context, on the occasion of Microsoft Research Asia’s 15th anniversary, the 21st Century Computing Conference, co-hosted by Microsoft Research Asia and the University of Science and Technology of China, was held on November 1st, 2013 at Hefei Theater. Titled “Decoding the Future,” this event invited global computing masters to share the latest trends and research results with thousands of college students and faculty through keynote speeches and panel discussions.

About of the Conference

Ever since Microsoft Research Asia was established in Beijing in 1998, it has been committed to strong collaboration with academia to cultivate talent for IT and related industries. Computing in the 21st Century Conference is an annual academic conference founded and organized by Microsoft Research Asia since its inception, which has become one of the biggest and most influential conferences in computing science education and research in China and Asia-Pacific region. The previous 13 annual conferences have been successfully held in many Asian countries and regions including, China, Japan, Korea and Singapore, and have attracted a total of more than 36,000 attendees. They have welcomed numerous Turing Award winners and top scholars and researchers from all over the world to give keynote speeches, share their mind, and have face to face dialogues with students. Well received by the faculty members and students, the Conference is honored by the media as the “Most Significant Academic Exchange in the Computing Science Research Area.”

View the agenda for more conference details.

Related Links

Computing in the 21st Century 2013 Conference website (in English and Chinese)

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Klara NahrstedtKlara Nahrstedt
Associate Head of Computer Science Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
IEEE and ACM Fellow

Topic: From QoS to QoE: Towards Experience-Centric Evaluations of Tele – Immersive Environments



Harry Shum Harry Shum
Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Corporation
IEEE and ACM Fellow

Topic: The Future of Internet Search: Intent, Knowledge and Interaction



Rosalind W. Picard Rosalind W. Picard
Director and the Founder of the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab
IEEE Fellow

Topic: Surprising Discoveries from Affective Computing



Joseph Sifakis Joseph Sifakis
Professor at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)
2007 Turing Award Recipient

Topic: From Programs to Systems – Building a Smarter World



Rick Rashid Rick Rashid
Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Corporation
Founder of Microsoft Research
NAE and AAAS Member

Topic: The Role of Basic Research in Innovation – A look back and a look forward



Jeannette Wing Jeannette Wing
Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Research
IEEE and ACM Fellow

Topic: The Impact of Computer Science Research on Science, Technology, and Society


Panel Discussion


Hsiao-Wuen Hon Managing Director, Microsoft Research Asia, IEEE Fellow


Anoop Gupta

  • Distinguished Scientist, Microsoft Research Redmond


  • Managing Director, Microsoft Research India

Weiping Li

  • Professor and Dean, School of Information Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)

Yueyi Zhang

  • USTC-MSRA Joint PhD student