How computing technologies can help address scientific challenges

New challenges facing scientists in a variety of fields such as biology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy are as much about data as about computation. eScience efforts at Microsoft Research seek to further the understanding of these challenges, support the developing community, develop computational tools that will enable the advancement of scientific research, and catalyze discovery through funded collaborative research.


eScience Workshop 2014

Photo: ESA; ENVISAT image of southeastern Brazil

The 2014 Microsoft eScience Workshop will be held in conjunction with the 10th IEEE International Conference on e-Science from October 20 to 22 in Guarujá, Brazil. The workshop will focus on presentations of the various technologies that can help scientists accomplish research projects more quickly and efficiently. In addition to investigating various general areas of computation that are valuable to scientific projects, we will also present case studies that demonstrate how scientists are already using these approaches in the field. Our goal for this workshop is to explore how technologies can assist researchers throughout the various steps of the research lifecycle, turning data into knowledge. Learn more...

Jim Gray eScience Award Winner Announced

Tony Hey presents David Lipman with the 2013 Jim Gray eScience AwardTony Hey presents David Lipman with the 2013 Jim Gray eScience AwardDr. David Lipman, M.D., was awarded the 2013 Jim Gray eScience Award. Under his leadership as director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the NCBI has become one of the world’s premier repositories of biomedical and molecular biology data, providing invaluable information to both the research community and the public. Every day, more than 3 million users access NCBI’s more than 40 databases. Learn more...

.NET Bio released

The Bioinformatic package .NET Bio allows scientists to import, manipulate, and process gene sequences on the Windows operating system. Developed in Microsoft Research and now owned by the Outercurve Foundation, this bioinformatic toolkit is based on the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0. This open-source project is distributable under the Apache 2.0 license, allowing project contributors to tailor the applications to their needs and enhance functionality in areas they desire. More...