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

Microsoft Research Blog

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

Microsoft Research Blog