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Cognitive Research Technologies

This set of innovative APIs and SDKs provides researchers and developers with an early look at emerging cognitive capabilities. Early adopters who do not need market-ready technology can discover, try and provide feedback on new cognitive research technologies before they are generally available. Explore these research projects:

Academic Knowledge


Tap into the wealth of academic content in the Microsoft Academic Graph.

Knowledge Exploration


Enable interactive search experiences over structured data via natural language inputs.

Conversation Learner


Teach new behaviors to task-oriented conversational interfaces through example interactions.

Personality Chat


Enhance your bot’s conversational capabilities, by handling small talk, in line with a distinct chosen personality.

Answer Search


Enhance the user experience of your sites and applications by instantly answering search queries with relevant facts and results from across the web.

Event Tracking


Find events associated with Wikipedia entities. Begin with a Wikipedia entity and receive a list of related events organized by time.

URL Preview


Preview URLs to show users where they’re going and help flag adult content.



Incorporate gesture-based controls into your apps. Quickly define and implement customized hand gestures, creating a more natural user experience.

Graduated projects

Learn more about these innovative research projects that graduated into full-fledged Microsoft services.

Anomaly Finder


The Anomaly Finder API helps you to monitor data over time and detect anomalies with machine learning that adapts to your unique data by automatically applying a statistical model.

Custom Decision


A cloud-based, contextual decision-making API that sharpens with experience.

Local Insights


Score the attractiveness of a location, based on how many of a particular amenity are within a specific distance.

Ink Analysis


Cloud APIs to understand digital ink content created by users through document layout analysis and handwriting and shape recognition

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