The summer of data science

While we live and breathe data science year-round at Microsoft Research, this summer, we offered a broad range of data science education opportunities for young researchers. Participation in these events was extremely rewarding—for both the students and the organizers. Students and advisors at the National Water Center for the Summer Institute DS3 announcement leads the…


2015 Summer School inspires top PhD students

The first week of July didn’t just see the arrival of extraordinarily high temperatures across Europe—it also brought extraordinarily high energy to Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK, as 81 top PhD students gathered for the tenth annual Microsoft Research Cambridge PhD Summer School. Hailing from 35 research institutions spanning 16 countries in Europe, the Middle East…


Exploring the frontiers of computing

The sun shone brightly in Redmond yesterday, matching the intensity of 600 experts—each anticipating the sharing and acquisition of computing research knowledge—gathered in the Microsoft Conference Center for day one of the 2015 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. These days, it is common for most audiences to half listen, heads down, focused on their tablets and…


The 2015 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit breaks records

Walking into the Microsoft Conference Center this morning, I could feel the excitement in the air as 600 academics and researchers started meeting up for the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit in Redmond, Washington. High on the agenda of this, our sixteenth annual Faculty Summit, are keynotes by top researchers and executives at Microsoft, and we…


Chain reaction of collaboration

Over the years, Microsoft Research Asia has fostered connections among a variety of people in the computer science and technology fields, especially by bringing together Microsoft researchers, interns, and university professors to collaborate on continuing projects. Such was the case when Microsoft Research Asia researcher Xing Xie and Osaka University Associate Professor Takahiro Hara began…


A year of research in the cloud

A year ago, the Microsoft Azure for Research project began as a small effort to help external researchers and scientists (and even Microsoft) understand how the cloud generally—and Microsoft Azure specifically—could accelerate research insights. Microsoft Azure for Research facilitates scholarly and scientific research by enabling researchers to take full advantage of the power and scalability…


Internships pay big dividends

Each year, Microsoft Research Asia welcomes a new group of Korean interns, who spend three months or more conducting exciting research. Like all Microsoft Research interns, these talented young scientists derive several benefits from their internships, not the least of which is the mentorship of top Microsoft researchers in their field of interest, and exposure…


From quantum computing to show dogs, Faculty Summit informed and inspired

The fifteenth annual Microsoft Faculty Summit is over, but you can still experience much of it on demand. I was really inspired and energized by the keynotes, session topics, and discussions—especially meeting, talking to, and hearing from researchers in other areas who I don’t normally see at conferences. The Faculty Summit brought together an amazing…


New online Windows Azure training for researchers

The global Windows Azure for Research program has been going strong for almost six months, and we’ve been delighted by the response from the researchers around the world who have eagerly attended our in-person training events. Today, we are pleased to announce an online version of the training. Now any researcher can learn how to…


Cloud-computing training for researchers marches on

Last September, as part of our global Windows Azure for Research program, we announced our cloud training classes that we designed to show academics how Windows Azure can accelerate their research. Now that we’re almost a month into the new year, we would like to let you know what we have planned for 2014—including some…