Intersections of Art and Science

Intersections of Art and Science






In the Microsoft Research Redmond Lab, we continually explore new ways for humans and computers to engage with each other and work together. We’re constantly fusing art, technology and science to address crucial issues like climate change, pollution exposure, emotional health, and so many other challenges facing society.

It is at the intersection of creativity and tech innovation where we create experiences inspiring people to cross boundaries, work together, transcend their traditional roles, and explore new possibilities. And maybe, just maybe, in this fusion of art and science there will be a spark that leads someone, somewhere to create something wholly new and profoundly meaningful to all our lives.

Look around and explore our many projects, groups and supporting research. We hope you find inspiration here to take on your own creative journey.

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Blogs & podcasts

Art + Architecture + AI = Ada with Jenny Sabin and Asta Roseway

Jenny Sabin and Asta Roseway on the Microsoft Research podcastEpisode 96 | October 30, 2019 – Jenny Sabin is an architectural designer, a professor, a studio principal and MSR’s current Artist in Residence. Asta Roseway is a principal research designer, a “fusionist” and the co-founder of the Artist in Residence program at Microsoft Research…

Microsoft Research Podcast | October 30, 2019

Smiles beam and walls blush: Architecture meets AI at Microsoft

Jonathan Lester stands underneath the art project Jenny Sabin is perched high on a scissor lift, her head poking through an opening of the porous fabric structure that she’s struggling to stretch onto the exoskeleton of her installation piece, which is suspended in the airy atrium of building 99 on Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, campus…

Microsoft The AI Blog | October 10, 2019

Enabling design with Ann Paradiso

Microsoft Research Podcast: Ann ParadisoEpisode 70 | April 3, 2019 – On today’s podcast, Ann tells us all about life in the extreme constraint design lane, explains what a PALS is, and tells us some incredibly entertaining stories about how the eye tracking technology behind the Eye Controlled Wheelchair and the Hands-Free Music Project has made its way from Microsoft’s campus to some surprising events…

Microsoft Research Podcast | April 3, 2019

Encouraging developers and manufacturers to innovate with Eye Control

How Eye Control empowers people with disabilities (Audio Description)Eye Control is an exciting technology in Windows 10 that allows customers to use their eyes to control an on-screen mouse, keyboard and text-to-speech experience. This is a technology that empowers people with limited mobility such as people living with ALS…

Microsoft Research Blog | October 31, 2018

The future is fusion with Asta Roseway

The Future is Fusion with Asta Roseway podcastEpisode 44 | October 3, 2018 – Asta Roseway gives an inside look at one of the most unconventional labs at Microsoft Research. Located at the intersection of science, technology and art, it’s a lab that insists that technology, like art, should push boundaries, tell stories and feed our souls. Get ready for the unexpected because when Asta asks “what if?” you’re likely to find yourself immersed in a world of responsive clothing, smart tattoos, talking…

Microsoft Research Podcast | October 3, 2018

Interpreting visual art with sound for a more inclusive experience

Oregon ProjectA well-known Scottish landscape painter, Keith Salmon creates ethereal, moody abstracts of skylines and mountains inspired by the rugged highlands in his country. Trained in fine arts and sculpture, Salmon has broadened his techniques over the years as his eyesight has diminished, learning how to smash paint into texture and scratch pastels for scribbles to evoke less a depiction of place and more an exquisite experience of the wild…

Microsoft Research Blog | November 18, 2016

Microsoft Research Team Creates Seattle Gigapixel ArtZoom, an Interactive City Panorama

The Seattle Gigapixel Art ZoomZOOM OUT. A vibrant city on the water, surrounded by mountains, teeming with life. ZOOM IN. Do I spy, with a 600mm lens, a “Thriller” flash mob under the Space Needle? Wait, and what’s over there? Do I spy an opera singer serenading Elliott Bay from Pier 69? And over there, near the Broad Street and Aurora ramp, do I spy a protest? ZOOM OUT. On a sunny fall day, from the 25th-floor rooftop…

Microsoft Research Blog | January 27, 2014