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MSR User eXperience Technologies

MSR User eXperience Technologies (MSR UXT) was previously known as Cambridge Innovation Development (CID).

Microsoft Research UXT

Our projects range from short single-person tasks to multi-year, multi-person projects. Each team member can own any aspect of a project, including specification, program management, development, test, release management, and technical and/or business relationship management. Relationships include internal and external partners of all levels, ranging from individual contributors to CEO’s.

SlideShow Gestures-WPF
The SlideShow Gestures-WPF sample shows how you are able to use the Kinect for Windows SDK to control Windows applications through the use of gestures. It uses research from the Microsoft Research Cambridge lab to trigger events when the user performs a gesture.

 The included source code provides a simple slide-show application, which processes the gesture recognition events from the runtime DLL to navigate through a series of images drawn from the 'Pictures' folders on your machine. Included in the sample is the ability to track and display multiple people, with the nearest person (shown in black) controlling the slide-show. Those not in control will be shown in gray. A person successfully completing a gesture will temporarily show as red:


The sample was developed by our team, and uses research from the Machine Learning and Perception group to provide a Random Decision Forest (RDF) based gesture recognizer trained using machine learning algorithms designed by Sebastian Nowozin.

This sample was distributed beginning 21st May 2012 in the Kinect for Windows Developer Toolkit as a Visual Studio 2010 C# based solution, which includes the following:

  • A runtime DLL which captures real-time Kinect information, processes it through an advanced gesture recognition library, and triggers gesture events.
  • A C# source code sample showing how this runtime can be used to handle the events generated by actual gestures.

Microsoft® Touch Mouse
This is a mouse with a twist: a built-in multi-touch sensor and gesture recognition software. Touch Mouse was produced in collaboration with Microsoft Hardware (including The Applied Sciences Group) and Microsoft Research, incorporating innovations from the Mouse 2.0 research project. Working with Mouse 2.0 researchers and Microsoft Hardware, The MSR UXT team produced an instrumented research platform for evaluating Touch Mouse’s gesture support, and implemented the final contact tracking and gesture recognition engine. The end result is a mouse supporting a family of gestures for working with Microsoft Windows 7.

Photo collages celebrate important events and themes in our lives. Microsoft Research presents AutoCollage, an advanced computer vision and image processing program which automatically creates collages of your pictures. Face detection, saliency filters, and other Microsoft research identifies interesting parts of pictures. Advanced object selection and blending technologies seamlessly combine these pieces into a beautiful new AutoCollage. Pick a folder, press a button, and in a few minutes AutoCollage presents you with a unique memento to print or email to your family and friends.

Nimbus: Secure Peer Accelerated Downloads
Millions of people download files over the internet every day, and servers can’t always keep up with the demand. Secure peer accelerated downloads distribute authorized files to more people more quickly than any server can alone. Based on Network Coding research, Microsoft Research’s secure peer accelerated downloads use proven security technologies like TLS and digital certificates in innovative ways, protecting clients and publishers alike. We also use the latest networking technologies like Teredo and IPv6 to help computers communicate with each other in situations they otherwise could not. Secure Peer Accelerated Downloads with network coding – embodied in the Microsoft Secure Content Downloader - were used to distribute Visual Studio 2008 Beta-2 to customers.


Mitch Goldberg

Goldberg, Mitch


Chris O'Prey

O'Prey, Chris


Javier Alvarez-Valle

Alvarez-Valle, Javier


McFaul, Matthew

UX Designer

Hill, David