Exploring New Horizons of Computing with Microsoft Reseach Asia

Since its founding in 1998, Microsoft Research Asia has pursued the goal of advancing the state of art in computer science in our selected areas of focus. We are pursuing fundamental research in 5 core research focus areas: natural user interface, multimedia, search and online ads, data intensive computing, and computer science fundamentals. Over the next decade, we foresee that computing will become an even more integrated part of our daily lives, with large impact in commerce, health, and communication. With the onset of the era of software plus service, we believe that it will be even more important to conduct cross disciplinary research around our research areas to fully realize the potential of computing in our daily lives. I will illustrate the importance of interdisciplinary research with a few examples of current research and demos from the lab.


Dr. Hsiao-Wuen Hon is the Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA), located in Beijing, China. Founded in 1998, MSRA has since become one of the best research centers in the world that MIT Technology Review called “the hottest computer science research lab in the world.” Dr. Hon oversees the lab’s research activities and collaborations with universities in Asia Pacific.

An an IEEE fellow, Dr. Hon is an internationally recognized expert in speech technology. He serves on the editorial board of the international journal of the Communication of the ACM. Dr. Hon has published more than 100 technical papers in international journals and at conferences. He co-authored a book, Spoken Language Processing, which is a graduate-level textbook and reference book in the area of speech technology in many universities all over the world. Dr. Hon holds three dozens of patents in several technical areas.

Dr. Hon joined Microsoft Research Asia in 2004 as a Deputy Managing Director. In addition, he founded and managed search technology center (STC) from 2005 to 2007, the Microsoft internet Search product (Bing) development in Asia Pacific. Prior to joining MSRA, Dr. Hon was the founding member and architect in Natural Interactive Services Division at Microsoft Corporation. Besides overseeing all architectural and technical aspects of the award winning Microsoft® Speech Server product, Natural User Interface Platform and Microsoft Assistance Platform, he is also responsible for managing and delivering statistical learning technologies and advanced search. Dr. Hon joined Microsoft Research as a senior researcher at 1995 and has been a key contributor of Microsoft's SAPI and speech engine technologies. He previously worked at Apple Computer, where he led research and development for Apple's' Chinese Dictation Kit.

Dr. Hon received Ph.D in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University.