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Elevating human-computer interaction to a new level of sophistication
Elevating human-computer interaction to a new level of sophistication
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The Situated Interaction project, a research effort co-led by Eric Horvitz, a Microsoft distinguished scientist and managing director of Microsoft Research Redmond, and his colleague Dan Bohus, focuses on enabling many forms of complex, layered interaction between machines and humans.


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Shape-Writing Enhancements for Windows Phone
Shape-Writing Enhancements for Windows Phone
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On January 16, 2014, Microsoft researchers and Windows Phone engineers set out to challenge the Guinness World Records fastest text message using a touch-screen mobile phone record.

Typing on a touchscreen device without having to look at the screen could be extremely useful in cases when it’s either dangerous, interruptive or impolite to text. Microsoft researchers developed a novel UX and robust decoder to shape write in groups of characters. To demonstrate the feasibility of this approach, the research team broke the Guinness World record for touchscreen and blind texting, and worked with the Windows Phone team to include the WordFlow feature in Windows Phone 8.1.

Hekaton research makes significant speed improvements to SQL Server 2014
Hekaton research makes significant speed improvements to SQL Server 2014
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Paul Larson, Microsoft principal researcher, and Mike Zwilling, principal architect, Microsoft SQL Server, discuss how their collaboration led to the data-access improvements of the Hekaton component of SQL Server 2014, which has implications that improves online gaming, real-time inventory analysis, stock trading, and any scenario where data access and indexing speed is critical to a system's performance.

Turing Award winner Leslie Lamport
Turing Award winner Leslie Lamport
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Leslie Lamport of Microsoft Research is rewarded for his outstanding contributions to computer science with the 2013 ACM A.M. Turing Award. Lamport is well known to computer scientists around the world for his foundational work in distributed computing, including the creation of the Paxos algorithm for implementing fault-tolerant distributed systems. His 1978 paper, 'Time, Clocks, and the Ordering of Events in a Distributed System,' is one of the most cited in the history of computer science. Lamport’s immense contributions have resulted in improved correctness, performance, and reliability of computer systems used around the world today.

HereHere: Provoking Hyperlocal Conversations
HereHere: Provoking Hyperlocal Conversations
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HereHere NYC enables neighborhoods to generate opinions based on public data. We sum up how your neighborhood, or other NYC neighborhoods you care about, are doing via daily email digest, neighborhood-specific Twitter feeds, and status updates on a map. We’re interested in creating compelling stories with data to engage larger communities; inventing daily rituals for connecting to the hyperlocal; and using characterization as a tool to drive data engagement.

Film, Identify, Track, Tag, Sense, Fly
Film, Identify, Track, Tag, Sense, Fly
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This research from the Microsoft Research Computational Ecology and Environmental Sciences group aims to dramatically expand the amount and kind of data we can gather from the natural world. Zootracer uses vision and machine learning to track arbitrary objects from video. Designed to assist environmental scientists, Zootracer, a tool for general use, is complemented by Mataki, an unprecedentedly cheap, light (seven grams), and reprogrammable GPS tracking and sensing device. Uniquely, Mataki has peer-to-peer data sharing and, hence, data retrieval that can be achieved on entire collections of device-monitored animals. The research also uses an unmanned aerial drone with an onboard camera to follow coordinates broadcast by a Mataki device attached to an animal.

Microsoft Research and Zombie-Based Learning @ SXSWedu
Microsoft Research and Zombie-Based Learning @ SXSWedu
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David Hunter and Roy Zimmermann talk about the workshop that they will be running at SXSWedu on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

How to Write a Great Research Paper
How to Write a Great Research Paper
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Writing papers and giving talks are key skills for any researcher, but they aren’t easy. In this pair of presentations, I’ll describe simple guidelines that I follow for writing papers and giving talks, which I think may be useful to you too. I don’t have all the answers—far from it—and I hope that the presentation will evolve into a discussion in which you share your own insights, rather than a lecture.

Stroke recovery gets a boost from Kinect
Stroke recovery gets a boost from Kinect
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Stroke Recovery with Kinect is a collaborative project between Microsoft Research Asia and Seoul National University—with funding from the Korean Government Collaboration Program—that provides a virtual reality system to help stroke survivors improve their upper-limb motor functioning in the comfort of their own home.

Microsoft Research Internships
Microsoft Research Internships
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Microsoft Research interns describe the distinct advantages of having an intern experience at Microsoft, including direct interaction with product groups and invaluable impact on their PhD studies. Microsoft Research mentors also weigh in on what they look for in an intern and what makes the program unique and so fulfilling – for the students and for Microsoft.