A new tool for teaching climate change in the cloud

Building an historical view of climate change in the cloud with ChronoZoom Starting in the tenth century, during the Medieval Warm Period, Greenland was a fraction of a degree warmer than today. Norse settlers raised livestock and cultivated small farms. Later, in the fifteenth century, a colder climate and conflicts with the Inuit caused them…


Interactive genomics: querying genomes across the cloud

Big data: you can hardly pick up a newspaper without reading about some new scientific or business acumen derived from mining some heretofore-untouched volumes of digital information. Well, I’m happy to say that genome sequence data—which certainly qualifies as big, both in volume and velocity—is joining the party, and in a most meaningful way. When…


Symposium celebrates research collaborations

Big data took center stage at the fifth Microsoft Research Asia Joint Labs Symposium, held on November 2, 2013, in Hefei, China. Gathering under the theme of “Research Collaborations in the Big Data Era,” more than 50 faculty and graduate students, representing 10 labs, joined more than 20 Microsoft researchers to discuss the future of…


Windows Azure for Research gets sociable

I would like to invite you to participate in the new Windows Azure for Research social media sites on LinkedIn and Twitter. These are where you’ll find information on Microsoft Research Connections’ initiative for helping the worldwide research community take advantage of cloud computing’s computational power, scalability, and cost-savings. At the Windows Azure for Research…


Bringing the cloud to researchers around the world and online

These have been impressive days for European research, highlighted by last year’s discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN and this year’s publication of the fifth assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Both are stunning examples of thousands of researchers collaborating to push the boundaries of data-intensive science. But whether you’re part…


ChronoZoom challenge: visualize history and win

I love my job! Why? Because, as manager of Games for Learning and Digital Humanities at Microsoft Research Connections, I get to explore four of my favorite things: games, art, technology, and education. This week is especially exciting for me, because yesterday, we launched the Microsoft ChronoZoom Visualizing Challenge, which unites all four of these…


Windows Azure for Research Award winners

Microsoft Research is pleased to announce the successful applicants in our first round of Windows Azure for Research awards. You didn’t make it easy for us—we received many good quality proposals. Our selection committee evaluated each submission in terms of its potential to accelerate research and its suitability for deployment on the Windows Azure cloud…


Fellowships awarded to top Asian PhD students

On November 2, 2013, the spotlight shone brightly on 10 PhD candidates from nine top Asian universities as they were introduced to an appreciative crowd of 1,500 in the Grand Theatre in Hefei, China. On stage, these scholars received medals that signified their selection as the 2013 Microsoft Research Asia Fellows. Each of the new…


Jim Gray would be proud

The timing couldn’t have been better. I had come to Bethesda, Maryland, to present Dr. David Lipman, M.D., director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), with the seventh annual Jim Gray eScience Award. David was selected for his contribution to the development of NCBI, one of the world’s premier repositories of biomedical and…