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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.


Jim Gray eScience Award winner announced

Paul Watson, winner of 2014 Jim Gray eScience AwardPaul Watson, winner of 2014 Jim Gray eScience AwardDr. Paul Watson was awarded the 2014 Jim Gray eScience Award. Dr. Watson is professor of Computer Science and director of the Digital Institute at Newcastle University UK, where he also directs the $20M RCUK Digital Economy Hub on Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy. As a Lecturer at Manchester University, he was a designer of the Alvey Flagship and Esprit EDS systems. From 1990 to 1995, he worked in industry for ICL as a designer of the Goldrush MegaServer parallel database server. In August 1995, he moved to Newcastle University, where he has been an investigator on wide range of eScience projects. His research interest is in scalable information management with a current focus on cloud computing. Professor Watson is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the British Computer Society. Learn more…

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...

.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...