Microsoft Research

Microsoft Research
Microsoft Research
Website research.microsoft.com

Microsoft Research (MSR) is the research division of Microsoft created in 1991 for developing various computer science ideas and integrating them into Microsoft products. It currently employs Turing Award winners C.A.R. Hoare, Butler Lampson, and Charles P. Thacker, Fields Medal winner Michael Freedman, MacArthur Fellow Jim Blinn, Dijkstra Prize winner Leslie Lamport and many other highly recognized experts in computer science, physics, and mathematics, including Turing Award winner Jim Gray up until his highly publicized disappearance while sailing.

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Research areas

Microsoft research is categorized into the following broad areas:[1]

  1. Algorithms and theory
  2. Hardware development
  3. Human–computer interaction
  4. Machine learning, adaptation, and intelligence
  5. Multimedia and graphics
  6. Search, retrieval, and knowledge management
  7. Security and cryptography
  8. Social computing
  9. Software development
  10. Systems, architectures, mobility, and networking
  11. Computational and Systems Biology [2][3]

One of the stated goals of Microsoft Research is to "support long-term computer science research that is not bound by product cycles."[4] MSR sponsors the Microsoft Research Fellowship for graduate students and the New Faculty Fellowship for new faculty members.

Laboratories

There are laboratories around the world in Aachen, Bangalore, Beijing, Cambridge (United Kingdom), Cairo, Cambridge (Massachusetts), Mountain View, Redmond, and San Francisco.

  • Microsoft Research Redmond was founded on the Microsoft Redmond campus in 1991 working in buildings 112 and 113 and has now moved to their own facility in building 99. It currently has about 350 researchers and is headed by Peter Lee.
  • Microsoft Research Cambridge was founded in 1997 by Roger Needham and now numbers over 100 employees. It maintains close ties to the University of Cambridge.
  • Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) was founded in Beijing in November 1998. Advanced Technology Center was initially a group of MSRA until it became an independent R&D group of Microsoft.
  • Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, located in Mountain View, California, was founded in August 2001. In January 2006, the Silicon Valley lab merged with Microsoft's Bay Area Research Center (BARC) in San Francisco.
  • Microsoft Israel Innovation Labs (ILabs), building on its original R&D operation in Israel which was founded in 1991 and tapping into Israel's thriving high-tech community, Microsoft inaugurated in April 2006 the Israel Research & Development Center. The Israel R&D Center is situated in two main locations - in Herzliya, heartland of Israel's high tech industry, and in Matam, Haifa, home to many graduates of the Technion, Israel's leading technology university.[5]
  • Microsoft Research India was established in January 2005 in Bangalore and headed by Dr. P. Anandan.
  • Cairo Microsoft Innovation Center (CMIC) was founded in 2006 by Tarek Elabbady and currently headed by Hussein Salama.
  • Microsoft Research New England was established in 2008 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, adjacent to the MIT campus.

Collaborations

Microsoft Research also collaborates with and jointly operate research centers at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center[6], Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, INRIA[7], Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Trento.[8][9][10] There are also nine jointly-operated labs in China and Hong Kong.[11]

Microsoft Research also supports research centers at many other universities.

Research projects

See also

References

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