Jeannette Wing promotes computational thinking at World Computer Congress

It’s incontrovertible that technology is changing the face of education. Today, students throughout the world conduct research online and complete their school assignments digitally. Many students have access to laptops or tablets provided by their school. But to truly realize the full educational power of the computer age, we need to move beyond mere IT…


Innovative curriculum prepares future problem-solvers in Korea

As described during a press conference on April 23, Yonsei University and Microsoft Research have joined hands to develop the first computational thinking (CT) curriculum in Korea. Designed to nurture innovation and problem-solving, the curriculum aims to prepare talented students to employ computational thinking for the betterment of society. Students at Yonsei’s International Campus at…


Collaborative research improves search engine speed

Have you ever found yourself waiting for results from your Internet search engine? Oh, sure, search for Kim Kardashian and the results come flying back at warp speed. But queries with vague terms are often automatically reformulated into complex queries that may take significantly longer to provide results. Achieving a consistently fast response time, regardless…


Asian students shine during the International Women’s Hackathon

Throughout the world, women are vastly underrepresented in computer science and technology fields. In Asia, females make up only 20 percent of the computer science workforce—a situation that is unlikely to change unless we can convince girls that careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are not just appropriate but highly rewarding pursuits for…


Advancing Creative Research and Talent Development in Korea

Korea’s Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) recently announced that Microsoft Research Asia will once again be a key partner in the Information Technology Software Creative Research Program, which provides support to world-class researchers in that country. MKE plans to provide matching funds in the amount of five times the expenditures of Microsoft Research Asia (in…


ChronoZoom Arrives in Asia

With spring in the air, I am excited to be heading to Seoul, South Korea, to attend the Second Congress of the Asian Association of World Historians, which runs from April 27 to 29, 2012. There, I will have the honor of overseeing the Asian launch of ChronoZoom—the open-source community project dedicated to visualizing the…


The Imagine Cup 2011 Winners Are…

The Imagine Cup 2011 winners are revealed! The winning projects hail from Bangladesh, Brazil, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Korea, Poland, Romania, and Taiwan. At the awards ceremony, Microsoft announced a new US$3 million grant program to help recipients realize their vision. Congratulations to all the winners and every participant in this amazing competition! For more information,…