Shanghai, China — October 19, 2010 — During today’s Innovation Day 2010, Microsoft Research Asia, along with other Microsoft Research labs and premier universities and research institutes in the Asia-Pacific region, demonstrated 22 research projects showcasing the landscape of future technologies. The demonstrations focused on the following themes: client plus cloud computing, natural user interfaces, and how computer technology contributes to human society.
“We strongly believe that science and innovation can improve our daily lives and transform how we work, play and communicate,” said Rick Rashid, Senior Vice President of Microsoft. “One of the defining characteristics of the human spirit is its ability to aspire to a greater tomorrow. Today’s demonstrations show how we are making such dreams real.”
The technologies shown at the event highlighted how computer technology is contributing to society. For instance, The Translating! Telephone demonstrated a scenario where you might pick up the phone and call another country, and during the conversation, immediately have the other person’s speech translated into your own language, and vice versa. Aided Eyes, a small, wearable eye sensor presented by the University of Tokyo, recognizes the direction of the user’s gaze and eye movement and could be used to help disabled individuals and improve the user’s short-term memory. Another demonstration featured a technology called Microsoft Research Worldwide Telescope, which turns a PC into a virtual telescope that allows users to tour the solar system without leaving their home.
“Innovation Day is a technology extravaganza. It’s an opportunity for us to demonstrate how we are turning ideas into reality in ways that solve our most challenging problems,” remarked Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia. “For 12 years, we have harnessed the best talent in Asia and worked with our academic partners to push forward the state of the art of computer science,” he added.
As Microsoft’s largest research institute overseas, Microsoft Research Asia has developed hundreds of technologies in partnership with Microsoft product teams. Based on frequent communication and collaboration, technologies have been transferred into products including Office 2010, Windows 7, Bing, and Xbox Kinect.
As part of Innovation Day 2010, Microsoft Research Asia demonstrated multiple technologies with other Microsoft Research labs and academic partners, including the University of Tokyo, Yonsei University of Korea, National Chiao-Tung University, Huazhong Normal University, University of Science and Technology of China, South China University of Technology, Sichuan University, Peking University, and Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).
For more information please view the event website: http://www.msra.cn/labevents/innovationday2010/home.aspx
About Microsoft Research Asia
Microsoft Research Asia, Microsoft’s fundamental research arm in the Asia Pacific region, was founded in 1998. Over more than a decade, the lab has conducted fundamental, curiosity-driven research with the goal of realizing Microsoft’s vision of future computing. Its research agenda is in five areas: Natural User Interfaces, Next-generation Multimedia, Data-Intensive Computing, Search and Online Ads, and Computer Science Fundamentals.
About Microsoft Research
Founded in 1991, Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. Researchers focus on more than 55 areas of computing and collaborate with leading academic, government and industry researchers to advance the state of the art. Microsoft Research has expanded over the years to eight locations worldwide and a number of collaborative projects that bring together the best minds in computer science to advance a research agenda based on their unique talents and interests.
Microsoft Research has locations in Redmond, Wash.; Cambridge, Mass.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; Cambridge, England; Beijing, China; and Bangalore, India, and also conducts research at the Cairo Microsoft Innovation Center in Egypt; European Microsoft Innovation Centre in Aachen, Germany; and the eXtreme Computing Group in Redmond. Microsoft Research collaborates openly with colleges and universities worldwide to enhance the teaching and learning experience, inspire technological innovation, and broadly advance the field of computer science. More information can be found at http://www.research.microsoft.com.