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

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...

eScience Workshop 2013

eScience Workshop 2013, Beijing, ChinaeScience Workshop 2013, Beijing, ChinaThe tenth annual Microsoft eScience Workshop was held October 22 to 25, 2013, at the China National Convention Center, Beijing, in conjunction with the ninth IEEE International Conference on e-Science. This year's workshop continued the ongoing dialogue centered on applications in broad areas of scientific investigation, such as environmental studies, bioinformatics, and climate understanding; presented new results in data modeling; and provided an opportunity for open discourse on developments in urban computing. Discussions covered eScience computing needs from data collection, data analytics, and machine learning to visualization. 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...