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Microsoft Research Lab – Asia



“At Microsoft Research Asia, our researchers and engineers push the boundaries of innovation by reaching into their imaginations and turning their ideas into reality.

As we have grown, our commitment to fostering talent and building healthy IT ecosystems in the region has expanded. Over the years, we have extended the scope of our outreach efforts by establishing joint labs with universities, conducting joint research programs, hosting top-notch visiting professors, and offering and funding computer science courses. These collaborations have allowed us to create exciting new opportunities for both Microsoft and academia in the Asia Pacific region.

I am highly appreciative of our researchers, engineers and partners for their continued support. Our collective hard work has built the lab into what it is today. We will continue to tackle computing’s greatest challenges with the passion that has helped establish Microsoft Research Asia as one of the world’s foremost fundamental and applied research facilities.”

Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group

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Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA), Microsoft’s fundamental research arm in the Asia Pacific region and the company’s largest research institute outside the United States, was founded in 1998 in Beijing. Through collaboration with the best talents from Asia and across the globe, MSRA has grown into a world-class research lab, conducting both basic and applied research. In Sep. 2018, Microsoft announced the establishment of Microsoft Research Asia · Shanghai.

Today, MSRA has more than 200 scientists and more than 300 visiting scholars and students. Technologies from MSRA have had a large influence within Microsoft and around the world, and new technologies are constantly born from MSRA. MSRA has achieved breakthrough results in many areas of basic and applied computer research, and research results transferred into Microsoft’s products. Based on a deployment-driven research philosophy, MSRA has, in recent years, incubated many popular applications and technology projects based on its own technology accumulation and research innovation.

While advancing technology innovation, MSRA is also acting a role as a platform for talent development and cultivation, continuing to cultivate the world’s top computer research talents. Currently, MSRA “alumni” are spread out across the world, actively engaging at the forefront of scientific innovation. They have become the backbone of innovation and development in today’s academic and industry circles.

MSRA has excelled at creating a talent-fostering environment, where researchers are free to explore and pursue what interests them. This culture not only drives researchers to develop groundbreaking technologies and work at the cutting edge, but has also made the lab a natural partner for academia. MSRA is committed to seeking broad and deep engagement with academic communities and industry partners in order to promote collaboration, cultivate innovation, advance education, and turn ideas into reality.

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