Mobility and Networking Research

To invent & research technologies that make Microsoft’s networks, services and devices indispensable to the world

mnrThe Mobility and Networking Research (MNR) Group focusses on basic and applied research in all areas related to networked systems and mobile computing. Researchers build proof-of-concept systems, engage with academia, publish scientific papers, publish software for the research community, and transfer cutting-edge technologies to Microsoft’s product groups.

 


Latest News:
   MNR Symposium: New Results in Networking Research (Dec. 5, 2013)
   Meg Walraed-Sullivan joins MNR as a PostDoc Researcher (Nov. 14, 2013)
   Aakanksha Chowdhery joins MNR as a PostDoc Researcher (Oct. 7, 2013)
   Ganesh Ananthanarayanan joins MNR (Sept. 9, 2013)
   Ratul to serve as PC Co-Chair of NSDI 2014 (April 2-4, 2014)
   Hosting Blazing Fast Services: From 1 Core to 1M Cores (July 15, 2013)
   George receives the 2014 IEEE Koji Kobayashi Award (July 2, 2013)
   We won the MobiSys 2013 Best Paper Award (June 27, 2013)
   New Directions in Wireless Systems Design (May 30, 2013)
   Three papers accepted in UbiComm 2013 (May 8, 2013)
   Seven papers accepted in SIGCOMM 2013 (April 26, 2013)
   Victor receives the 2013 SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contributions Award (April 12, 2013)



Hiring: We are always on the look out for both senior and fresh graduates. If you are interested and would like to apply for a position please fill out an application via our central site.

Research pillars:

Tech. Transfers

Product group impact comes in many forms - consultation, design wins, code transfer, people transfer etc. Here are some examples:

  • Service Graphs for Large-Scale Network Diagnostics to XBOX Live
  • Mileage data attribution to Windows Phone 8
  • Network Failure Recovery in Data Centers to Bing
  • Support for Security Features in Windows ARM to Windows
  • Virtual Wi-Fi in Windows 7 to Windows
  • Fully Configurable Windows Azure Software Load Balancer\
  • Partitioning and Recovery Service in Live Mesh
  • Centrifuge/PRS in Windows Live Messenger
  • DNS optimization in Bing

""We focus on inventing highly efficient networked systems and new end-user mobile experiences. We go after hard unsolved problems by embarking on high-risk, high-reward projects where success is not guaranteed. Our goal is to move the dial and pave new paths for the research community and to have a positive impact on Microsoft products while having lots of fun along the way."

Victor Bahl, Director, Mobility & Networking Research


Sample Technology Licensing

Visit www.microsoft.com/iplicensing for licensing information.

  • Wireless (Wi-Fi) Hot Spot Network Access: Package includes five technologies: Global Authentication; Network Admission; Traffic Gateway; Client Module and Policy Manager.
  • Wi-Fi Location Determination: Technology to locate a wireless client by pattern matching the measured signal strength from multiple wireless access points against a database of previously collected signal strength.

  • Cellphone Power Management: Technology that leverages the cellular radio to wake-up the Wi-Fi radio on SmartPhones, Laptops, and NetBooks.
  • Virtual WiFi: Technology that abstracts a single Wireless LAN card to appear as multiple virtual Wireless LAN cards to the user/OS.
  • Mesh Connectivity: Ad-hoc routing and link quality measurement for mesh networks as a loadable software driver.

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One Microsoft Way, Bldg. 99
Redmond, WA 98052-6399, USA

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Highlighted Project

Under the umbrella of the KNOWS project we are revisiting classical wireless networking problems and designing new solutions that incorporate and build upon recent advances in software and hardware technologies for networking over the recently opened white spaces spectrum.

Project Videos

Mileage Data Attribution
Don’t know what's draining your phone’s battery or your data plan? Mileage will pinpoint the hogs!

Hawaii OCR and Gadgeteer
Here's a cool demo that combines Hawaii OCR Service with .NET Gadgeteer.

Hands-free Cookbook
Keep your dirty hands to yourself! This audio cookbook app reads out recipes, and responds to simple voice commands for navigation, so you never have to touch the phone while cooking.



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