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Asia Milestones


Microsoft Research Asia established in November 1998, which was formally named as Microsoft Research China until November 2001. It is located in Beijing as the second largest basic research institution besides the one in U.S.


Through research and hunt for innovations, we are in hope to eventually enable future computers to be capable of watching, listening and learning and communicate with human in natural languages. Besides, we also expect to allow computers and Internet in China and entire Asia to be used so popular, convenient and easy as they are in other countries and regions. Currently Microsoft Research Asia owns over 300 excellent research staff.


March 2002
Microsoft Research Asia and Institute of Industrial Science and School of Frontier Science of the Tokyo University signed a formal memorandum of academic exchanges and cooperation.
March 2002
Microsoft Research Asia began to carry out an all-out support program in four model software colleges including Shanghai Jiaotong University, Fudan University, Tongji University and East China Normal University. It donated teaching software and Windows CE.NET based teaching experimental development platform worth 2.64 million yuan. Besides, it conducted multidimensional supports to the four software colleges in terms of software teaching, course arrangement, teaching management, teachers and students training and academic exchanges.
May 2002
The “Multi-Channel Identification System of Speakers” submitted by the Speech Group in Microsoft Research Asia to the “2002 Symposium on Speaker Identification Assessment” hold by the National Institute of Standard and Technology of U.S. won the highest prize——“Golden Star Award”.
June 2002
Microsoft signed an agreement with the Chinese Ministry of Education signed a cooperative agreement aiming at promoting education and basic research in computer science in Chinese universities. According to the agreement, Microsoft committed to implement the Great Wall Plan, providing investment, sponsorship, and donations totalling 200 million yuan in the universities over the following three years.
September 2002
The 4th “Microsoft Scholarship” Award of Microsoft Research Asia was unveiled. Upon strict assessment and approval of 25 experts and scholars of Microsoft Research Asia, totally 18 students from 12 universities and institutions in Asian-Pacific Region won scholarship of 2001 “Microsoft Scholarship” Award.
Microsoft Research Asia held the activity of “Asian Day of Microsoft Research” in Beijing Kerry Center Hotel on the title of “innovation, achievement and future”. It demonstrated all outstanding technological achievements and cooperative research results during the past four years after establishment in front of media of Asia including China.
October 2002
Large-scaled international academic symposium on “Computer in the 21st Century——Trustworthy Computing” was held in Beijing and Guangzhou. Dr. Andrew Yao, Manuel Blum and Jim Gray, Turing Award recipients, attended it and gave brilliant speeches. 5000-odd computer scientific researchers from large-sized domestic scientific research institutions and universities and teachers and students of relative colleges and departments were present at the symposium.
October 18, 2002
Microsoft Research Asia signed a cooperation agreement with Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and officially announced the launch of the “Key Technological Research for Digital Olympics” program.
October 2002
Microsoft signed agreements with Sun Yat-Sen University and South China University of Technology in Guangdong, aiming at implementing the Great Wall Plan for the sake of jointly promoting education and basic research in computer science in Chinese universities.
November 2002
Microsoft Research Asia and the Chinese University of Hong Kong formally signed a joint research agreement. Both parties agreed to enhance cooperation regarding talent development and research projects.

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