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Read the stories behind highlighted projects in the Asia-Pacific region, and learn how Microsoft Research Asia turns ideas into reality.

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The students' app displays digital photos in a physical album.The students' app displays digital photos in a physical album.Helping China university students “get real” at Stanford

Microsoft Research Asia recently sponsored four students from the University of Science and Technology of China in a unique Stanford University course that presents students with real-world design innovation challenges. Learn more...

A gigapixle camera captures images of China's treasured Mogao Cave's statues.A gigapixle camera captures images of China's treasured Mogao Cave's statues.Digital Dunhuang: how cutting-edge cameras are preserving ancient art

Microsoft Research Asia developed a gigapixel camera to capture very high resolution, large-format images that contain details that are invisible to the naked eye. With such images, scholars can help preserve vulnerable historical artifacts so that future generations can appreciate the art and learn from the culture of previous generations. Read more...

Peiran Ren's studies focus on realistic rendering of computer imagesPeiran Ren's studies focus on realistic rendering of computer imagesApplying machine learning to light

Peiran Ren, intern with Microsoft Research Asia, has been exploring realistic rendering of computer images as part of the Internet Graphics Group. His explorations into simulating light transmission in a photo-realistic manner have led to a unique approach that combines computer graphics with machine-learning methods. Read more...

Members of the Microsoft Research Asia Intern Mutual-Aid Society Members of the Microsoft Research Asia Intern Mutual-Aid Society Microsoft Research Asia interns help friends from afar 

Many of our overseas interns have never before been to China. They soon find they have an invaluable resource in their Chinese peers—as a lifeline to friends from another culture and to understanding China’s rich 1,000-year history and traditions.
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Chinese Edition of "The Fourth Paradigm" Chinese edition of "The Fourth Paradigm" released

The Chinese Academy of Sciences and Microsoft Research announced the release of a Chinese edition of The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery in Beijing on October 23, 2012. The publication is a seminal collection of essays that describe the practice and promise of data-intensive science. Read more...

Microsoft Research Asia 2012 Ph.D. Fellows Microsoft Research Asia 2012 Ph.D. Fellows 14 Years of Inspiring Asia Pacific Ph.D. Candidates

Microsoft Research Asia recognized the 2012 recipients of the Microsoft Research Asia Fellowships on October 25 at the Computing in the 21st Century Conference in Tianjin, China. The recipients, who represent the best and the brightest Ph.D. candidates in the Asia-Pacific region, get an opportunity to intern at the Beijing lab and participate in advanced, hands-on research. Read more...

World-class scientists and researchers provided the latest insights into verification theory, practice, and tools.World-class scientists and researchers provided the latest insights into verification theory, practice, and tools.Workshop Explores Opportunities in Verified Software

Microsoft Research Asia, in partnership with East China Normal University, hosted the second Verified Software Workshop and Summer School in Shanghai, China from August 23 to 31, 2012. The event explored new directions and emerging opportunities in verified software research, with 21 keynote presentations by world-class scientists and researchers. Learn more...

Creating an Interactive and Mobile Future: 2012 Microsoft Student Challenge

Student participants in the 2012 Microsoft Student ChallengeStudent participants in the 2012 Microsoft Student Challenge

On April 16, during the 2012 Microsoft Student Challenge, 20 selected student teams presented their innovative ideas for creating more interactive and mobile lifestyles. Ten of the team projects were based on Kinect technology; the other 10 were based on Windows Phone 7. Lolan Song, senior director of Microsoft Research Connections Asia, presented awards to the winners at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing.
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Craig Mundie meets with members of Microsoft Research Asia's Star Track program.Craig Mundie meets with members of Microsoft Research Asia's Star Track program.Craig Mundie Inspires Young Researchers in China

On March 22, 2012, Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief strategy and research officer, met to discuss future trends in computing with members of Microsoft Research Asia’s Visiting Young Faculty program, Star Track. Read more...

ChronoZoom Arrives in AsiaChronoZoom Arrives in Asia

ChronoZoom was launched in Asia at the Second Congress of the Asian Association of World Historians conference, which ran from April 27 to 29, 2012, in Seoul, South Korea. Read more...

Kinect for WindowsWorkshop Bolsters Chinese Research Uses of Kinect for Windows

Microsoft Research Asia and Chinese academic institutions explore Kinect-based research and exchange creative ideas at a Kinect for Windows workshop. Read more...

Students collaborating and sharing demos at the China Kinect Student Summer CampStudents collaborating and sharing demos at the China Kinect Student Summer CampChinese University Students Push the Boundaries of Kinect for Windows

When Microsoft Research unveiled the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) beta in June 2011, we expected it would be popular with academic and enthusiast developer communities. But even with our high expectations for the SDK, we didn’t anticipate the level of creativity that was demonstrated by the Chinese university students who participated in the Kinect Pioneer Program. Read more...

The interactive browser system provides a realistic audio-visual experience of life during the Song Dynasty.The interactive browser system provides a realistic audio-visual experience of life during the Song Dynasty.Technology Brings Chinese Cultural Heritage to Life

Visitors to the Palace Museum in Beijing can experience a period of ancient China through an interactive multimedia exhibition of China’s most famous historic panoramic painting, Along the River During Qing-Ming Festival. Read more...

Craig Mundie, Microsoft chief research and strategy officer; Zongkai Shi, vice chairman of Tsinghua University Council; and contest winners at Tsinghua University award ceremonyCraig Mundie, Microsoft chief research and strategy officer; Zongkai Shi, vice chairman of Tsinghua University Council; and contest winners at Tsinghua University award ceremonyMicrosoft Student Challenge 2011 Green Computing Contest

Microsoft Research Asia held the Microsoft Student Challenge Green Computing Contest award ceremony at Tsinghua University on March 23, 2011. The contest encouraged students to identify environmental and energy problems in their daily lives and propose solutions that use Microsoft technologies to help promote green lifestyles. Read more...

Tony Hey, vice president, Microsoft Research ConnectionsTony Hey, vice president, Microsoft Research ConnectionsBuilding a Collaborative Research Relationship with the Chinese Academy of Sciences

The Chinese Academy of Sciences is China's leading academic institution and comprehensive research and development center in natural science, technological science, and high-tech innovation. Read more...

Qing Wang was awarded the first Prize in the WWT Universe Tours Competition.Qing Wang was awarded the first Prize in the WWT Universe Tours Competition.Traveling Light Years on the Computer

More than 200 astronomy amateurs joined in the WWT (WorldWide Telescope) Universe Tours Competition, held in Beijing from August to November 2010. Contenders created video clips of virtual cosmos adventures by using new Microsoft software. Read more...

Experts and students worked together during Windows Phone 7 Pioneer Training Camp.Experts and students worked together during Windows Phone 7 Pioneer Training Camp.Windows Phone 7 Pioneer Program

Twenty-one teams of university students worked to research and develop applications for Windows Phone 7 in this 2010 Microsoft Research Asia program to encourage student innovation. Read more...

Yang Cao, an intern from the Web and Search Mining group, invites Bill Gates to try out their system, called MindFinder.Yang Cao, an intern from the Web and Search Mining group, invites Bill Gates to try out their system, called MindFinder.Bill Gates Visits Microsoft Research Asia Interns

Microsoft Research Asia student interns had the opportunity to present demos of their projects to Bill Gates when he visited Microsoft Research Asia in September 2010 Read more...

Dr. Haixun Wang is invited to be a guest professor at Renmin University of China.Dr. Haixun Wang is invited to be a guest professor at Renmin University of China.An Eco-system of Nurturing Talent—MSRA Guest Professorship Program

When Microsoft researchers spend a few hours each week as guest professors at universities in China, teaching classes and nurturing doctoral students, the benefits are substantial for both Microsoft and Chinese higher education. Read more…

Students in Microsoft Technology Clubs participate in projects ranging from heritage and environmental protection to e-commerce and online games.Microsoft Technology Clubs Thrive for 10 Years

Over the past 10 years, Microsoft Research Asia has created 30 Microsoft Technology Clubs in top Chinese universities with more than 10,000 active student members. They have participated in more than 2,000 practical projects, ranging from heritage preservation and environmental protection to e-commerce and online games. Read more…

Microsoft Technologies Aid Genetic Research for Better Food and HealthMicrosoft Technologies Aid Genetic Research for Better Food and Health

Scientific genetic research can lead to larger volumes of easier-to-grow food, benefits to human health, and insights into diseases. Such research, however, entails huge databases with figures in the trillions. Microsoft Research Asia is working on ways to ease the computational burden, making genetic research easier and faster. Read more...

Dr. Feng Zhao, Assistant Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia, tries out the wheelchair.Dr. Feng Zhao, Assistant Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia, tries out the wheelchair.New Technology Gives More Mobility to Seniors and the Disabled

To increase mobility for seniors and the disabled, newly developed computing technologies have been applied to build an intelligent wheelchair with a brain, eyes, and ears for home and hospital environments. Read more...

Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, greeted intern students from Microsoft Research AsiaCraig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, greeted intern students from Microsoft Research Asia.Craig Mundie Discusses the Future of Technology with Interns at Microsoft Research Asia

The creation of huge global databases and the invention of more natural computer interfaces are some of the coming revolutions in the technology world, according to Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, who recently visited with 15 interns from Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing. Read more…

Baining Guo, Assistant Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia, receives the Outstanding Contribution to Education award.Baining Guo, Assistant Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia, receives the Outstanding Contribution to Education award.Great Wall Plan in China Thriving

The series of programs called the Great Wall Plan is helping China become a world-class research hub while enriching the lives of university students and professors. These efforts have earned Microsoft Research Asia the highest honor in education from China’s Ministry of Education. Read more…