Adaptive Systems and Interaction

Established: March 27, 2000

The Adaptive Systems and Interaction group pursues advances in principles of intelligence and interaction and applications of these advances to enhance computational systems and interfaces. Our team includes groups exploring foundations of sensing, learning, and decision making, search & retrieval, and human-computer interaction.




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Green Security Games


October 29, 2015


Milind Tambe


University of Southern California

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November 29, 2010


Andy Wilson and Hrvoje Benko

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Spiritual Computing


September 5, 2006


Craig Warren Smith


University of Washington

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Searching for Privacy


July 21, 2006


Lorrie Faith Cranor


Carnegie Mellon University


Windflow: Airplanes As Vast Sensor Network

Established: June 3, 2014

The best available forecasts in the United States—from the federal government’s Winds Aloft program—have been based largely on data from instrumented weather balloons released twice a day, providing forecasts for 176 stations across the United States. Wind Aloft is often…

Project Premonition

Established: March 2, 2015

"Project Premonition aims to detect pathogens before they cause outbreaks" Emerging infectious diseases such as Zika, Ebola, Chikungunya and MERS are dangerous and unpredictable. Public health organizations need data as early as possible to predict disease spread and plan responses. But, early data is very difficult to…

Dialog and Conversational Systems Research

Established: March 14, 2014

Conversational systems interact with people through language to assist, enable, or entertain. Research at Microsoft spans dialogs that use language exclusively, or in conjunctions with additional modalities like gesture; where language is spoken or in text; and in a variety…

Spatial Crowdsourcing

Established: January 28, 2014

We are studying how we can get regular people to do simple tasks at specific locations. An example task is to take a picture of a sign at a certain location. We are interested in who to ask and how…

PreHeat: Controlling Home Heating With Occupancy Prediction

Established: March 2, 2011

Home heating uses more energy than any other residential energy expenditure, making increasing the efficiency of home heating an important goal for saving money and protecting the environment. We have built a home-heating system, PreHeat, that automatically programs your thermostat…

Diff-IE Add-on for Internet Explorer

Established: October 4, 2010

Diff-IE tracks changes to pages you visit on the Web and shows you what's changed since the last time you visited. Diff-IE is a prototype Internet Explorer Add-on that: Highlights the changes to a webpage since the last time you…


Established: October 2, 2010

LightSpace combines elements of surface computing and augmented reality research to create a highly interactive space where any surface, and even the space between surfaces, is fully interactive. Our concept transforms the ideas of surface computing into the new realm…


Can Robots Have Social Intelligence?

Visiting Eric Horvitz at Microsoft Research headquarters in Redmond, Wash., is a full-service experience. At the building’s first-floor bank of elevators, situated on a busy corridor, a “smart elevator” opens its doors, sensing that you need a ride. When you…

April 2014

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A Touch Mouse’s Tale

How do you take a concept from research to product? In the case of the Microsoft Touch Mouse, it took a collection of prototypes, collaboration between transatlantic teams, and a lot of user testing. It also helps when the research…

July 2011

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UIST Showcases Novel Interfaces

By Janie Chang, Writer, Microsoft Research Hallway conversations at UIST 2010 can sound like planning discussions for science-fiction-movie special effects, buzzing with terms such as “wearable computing,” “augmented reality,” and “smart rooms.” UIST, the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM’s) Symposium…

October 2010

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CHI ’09: Computing with a Human Touch

By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research Historically, Microsoft Research has had a big footprint during CHI, the annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction—and this…

March 2009

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Is Your Group Seeking Information? SearchTogether!

By Rob Knies That long-awaited vacation is almost here—just you, your spouse, and your teenage son, all eager to embark on a leisurely adventure to sunny climes for some much-needed R&R. But your planning has not kept pace with your…

June 2008

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Go Fishing for Ink with InkSeine

Ken Hinckley always thought that searching for information on his computer was like going on a fishing expedition. Every so often, he’d even catch whatever it was he wanted. Hinckley, a senior researcher in the Adaptive Systems and Interaction group…

February 2008

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CHI 2007: A Matter of Perspiration and Inspiration

By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research The research and academic community is rife with conferences. Just about any subject or discipline you can name has its own annual gathering, where the learned and the innovative come together to discuss…

April 2007

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Four from Microsoft Research Named ACM Fellows

By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research On Jan. 8, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) announced that it had recognized 41 of its members for their contributions to “the practical and theoretical aspects of computing and information technology.” Four…

February 2007

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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…

July 2005

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Find Your Lost Data

By Suzanne Ross, Writer, Microsoft Research The more data you have, the more you know The more you know, the more you forget. The more you forget, the less you know. So why have data? Microsoft Researchers have an answer…

November 2004

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How Much is Your Time Worth?

By Suzanne Ross, Writer, Microsoft Research How would you feel if a co-worker barged into your office every few minutes to blurt out updates about their life or project? You might tell them that you are busy, but the damage…

November 2004

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Zooming in on Small Displays

By Suzanne Ross Bigger used to be better, but smaller is suddenly superior. The only problem with small versus big in high-tech gadgets is that our eyes weren’t designed to peer at small screens on mobile phones. Even if we…

October 2004

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All the News That’s Fit to Read

By Suzanne Ross People read stories to find out what happens next. That’s easy enough in a book, but if the story is about real life, and it’s online in the news media, it’s harder to find out what happens…

October 2004

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