Portrait of Chuck Needham

Chuck Needham

Research Support Engineer



Kinect for Windows SDK Beta

Established: April 15, 2011

The Kinect for Windows SDK beta, created by Microsoft Research, was a programming toolkit for application developers. It enabled easy access to the capabilities offered by the Microsoft Kinect device connected to computers running the Windows 7 operating system. The Kinect for Windows SDK beta included drivers, rich APIs for raw sensor streams and natural user interfaces, installation documents, and resource materials. It provided Kinect capabilities to developers who build applications with C++, C#, or Visual…



Cooperative Cache Scrubbing
Jennifer B. Sartor, Wim Heirman, Stephen M. Blackburn, Lieven Eeckhout, Kathryn S McKinley, in ACM International Conference on Parallel Architecture and Compiler Techniques (PACT) Best Paper Nomination (4/37), ACM – Association for Computing Machinery, August 1, 2014, View abstract, Download PDF




Past projects

Kinect for Windows SDK


Songsmith generates musical accompaniment to match a singer’s voice. Just choose a musical style, sing into your PC’s microphone, and Songsmith will create backing music for you. Then share your songs with your friends and family, post your songs online, or create your own music videos.

WorldWide Telescope

The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a rich visualization environment that functions as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground- and space-based telescopes in the world to enable seamless, guided explorations of the universe.