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Microsoft Research Lab – Asia

Microsoft Research Asia (MSR Asia), established in 1998, is Microsoft’s research arm in the Asia-Pacific region, with research labs and personnel located in Beijing, Shanghai, Vancouver, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore and Hong Kong. The lab conducts basic and applied research in areas central to Microsoft’s long-term strategy and computing vision, including computing fundamentals, intelligent interactions, multi-modal perception and communication, AI and society, and AI for industry and science. Over the years, the lab has constantly birthed innovative technologies, creating significant scientific and social impact within Microsoft and around the world.

As part of Microsoft Research’s global network, MSR Asia embraces a global perspective and employs diverse talents from around the world, harmoniously blending the finest innovative cultures from both the East and the West. At MSR Asia, researchers are free to explore and pursue their interests in an open and collaborative environment. This culture has not only driven the creation of groundbreaking technologies but has also established the lab as a natural partner for both academia and industry in the Asia-Pacific region.

By embracing interdisciplinary and cross-boundary research, MSR Asia aspires to create breakthrough technologies with significant impact to define the new paradigm of computing for the coming decades and shape the future of AI and humanity for the better.

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Lidong Zhou

For over two decades, Microsoft Research Asia has retained an open and growth mindset and has been committed to creating a free, inclusive, and sustainable environment for scientific research, where every person involved assumes a vital role on the road to new discoveries and contributions. Together, we will provide a catalyst for the various sparks of creative ideas to burgeon.

The growth of an innovative organization involves the process of continuously expanding its horizons and assuming greater social responsibilities. Since its inception, Microsoft Research Asia has continued to develop extensive cooperation with research institutions around the world to drive joint progress and improvement of computer science. Our global society in the current day and age is faced with a spate of issues, ranging from sustainability and carbon neutrality to healthcare. Under this context, Microsoft Research Asia shall adhere to principles that are conducive to innovation, boldly wield and improve new paradigms, and incessantly promote cross-disciplinary research progress together with our partners from all industries so as to effectively tackle each of the challenges experienced by our world today.”

Lidong Zhou, Managing Director, Microsoft Research Asia