Chuck Needham

Chuck Needham
MICROSOFT RESEARCH SUPPORT ENGINEER
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Projects

Kinect for Windows SDK beta

Coming later this spring, the Kinect for Windows SDK is a programming toolkit that will enable researchers and enthusiasts easy access to the capabilities offered by the Microsoft Kinect device connected to computers running Microsoft Windows 7.

 

 

Microsoft Tag

 Microsoft Tag connects real life with the digital world. Microsoft Tags are small, colorful codes that can be printed, stuck, or displayed just about anywhere. When you snap a Tag with the camera on your internet-enabled phone, additional information or experiences are automatically opened on your phone. There is no fumbling with URLs or texting short codes. Microsoft Tags can make product packages, posters, print-based ads, magazine articles, exhibit signage, billboards, storefronts, business card, or just about anything else, interactive. .

Songsmith

Songsmith

Songsmith generates musical accompaniment to match a singer’s voice. Just choose a musical style, sing into your PC’s microphone, and Songsmith will create backing music for you. Then share your songs with your friends and family, post your songs online, or create your own music videos.

 

WorldWide Telescope

WorldWide Telescope

The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a rich visualization environment that functions as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground- and space-based telescopes in the world to enable seamless, guided explorations of the universe.

 

 

 

People
Angel, Tambie
Angel, Tambie

Blank, Tom
Blank, Tom

Carbary, Tony
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Choudhury, Piali

Edelman Pelton, Alicia
Edelman Pelton, Alicia

Eversole, Adam
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Johnston, David
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Marriott, Ian
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Moeur, Robin
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Research News
  • Anticipating More from Cortana
    The most efficient personal assistants anticipate your needs by learning about your habits, environment, and preferences. Microsoft Research thinks electronic personal assistants should do the same—naturally.
  • Bringing Cloud Computing to Researchers and Scientists in Asia
    The Microsoft Azure for Research program from Microsoft Research helps researchers harness the power of Microsoft Azure, Microsoft's cloud-computing platform, to help scientifics researchers learn to take advantage of cloud computing.
  • danah boyd: The Kids Are (Still) All Rright
    Teenagers' online behavior is one of the main areas of research for danah boyd of Microsot Research, who explores the topic in It's Complicated: The Social Lives oif Networked Teens."
  • Cloud Computing Charts a Path to Scientific Discovery
    Five pioneering collaborations between Microsoft Research and academia in China demonstrate the immense value of using Microsoft Azure in scientific research.
  • Science Says: The Baby Madness on Your Facebook Feed Is an Illusion
    Contrary to popular belief that baby photos seem to dominate Facebook feeds, Meredith Ringel Morris of Microsoft Research has demonstrated that new mothers actually post less after giving birth.
Downloads
  • MSR Smart Selection Dataset
    Smart selection is the task of predicting the span of text that a user intended to select after they touched on a single word on a touch-enabled device. The MSR Smart Selection Dataset consists of crowd-sourced smart selection annotations on publicly available data. Specifically, we start from book from Wikibooks.org, which consists of publicly available textbooks. We randomly sampled 100 textbooks from Wikibooks.org and further randomly sampled one paragraph from each textbook. For each paragraph, we asked 100 crowd workers to select the phrases in the paragraph that they find interesting and would like to learn more about. See Pantel et al. 2014 (ACL) for a detailed description of the training and test data.
  • Blink
    With Blink for Windows Phone 8, you'll never miss the best shot or the action. Blink captures a burst of images before you even press the shutter, and continues to capture pictures after you've taken your shot. Save and share the shot you like best. And better yet, save a short animated Blink and share it to Facebook, Twitter, OneDrive or Blink.so.cl.
  • Sho for IronPython 2.6
    Sho is a playground for data: a set of libraries and an interactive environment for rapid prototyping, data analysis, and visualization. It consists of libraries for math and visualization that can be accessed from any .NET language, as well as an interactive console and other modules built in IronPython for data manipulation, visualization, and analysis of arbitrary .NET objects and data structures. This version targets IronPython 2.6, which is required to use Sho with the Python Tools for Visual Studio.
  • Fast Scalar Multiplication in Genus 2
    This download contains Magma files that compute scalar multiplications on Jacobians of genus 2 curves or on the associated Kummer surface. This accompanies the EuroCrypt 2013 paper by Bos, Costello, Hisil and Lauter, the full version of which can be found here: http://eprint.iacr.org/2012/670.
  • MSR 3D Video Dataset
    This data includes a sequence of 100 images captured from 8 cameras showing the breakdancing and ballet scenes from the paper “High-quality video view interpolation using a layered representation”, Zitnick et al., SIGGRAPH 2004. Depth maps, computed from stereo, are also included for each camera along with the calibration parameters.