Microsoft Research Redmond: 2012 in Review

Posted by Eric Horvitz and Yi-Min Wang, managing co-directors of Microsoft Research Redmond   As we look back on the year at Microsoft Research Redmond, a flood of creative efforts and achievements come to mind. These include mission-focused pursuits aimed at solving urgent challenges, the pursuit of new understandings at the foundations of computer science,…

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eXtreme Computing Group: 2012 in Review

Posted by Surajit Chaudhuri, managing director of the eXtreme Computing Group   2012 has been a year of significant developments for the eXtreme Computing Group (XCG), from changes in its organizational structure to project milestones we reached. One year ago, XCG had several teams with specific technical focus and expertise, in addition to a large…

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Microsoft Research Silicon Valley: 2012 in Review

Posted by Roy Levin, managing director of Microsoft Research Silicon Valley Transferring research results into products and services is always a challenging part of Microsoft Research’s job. No two transfers ever happen quite the same way. This year, Microsoft Research Silicon Valley had a tech-transfer experience that is, I believe, unique in the history of…

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Microsoft Research New York City: 2012 in Review

Posted by Jennifer Chayes, managing director of Microsoft Research New York City   The inaugural year of Microsoft Research New York City has been stupendous. All of us at Microsoft are thrilled with our newest lab. The lab officially opened on May 3, 2012, with the announcement of a group of 15 founding researchers: David…

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Station Q: 2012 in Review

Posted by Michael Freedman, managing director of Station Q   Station Q focuses on the physics of those condensed-matter quantum systems that offer the promise of intrinsic or “topological” protection from error and decoherence. Such systems are likely to play an important role in the architecture of quantum computers. We also enjoy trying to understand…

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Microsoft Research New England: 2012 in Review

Posted by Jennifer Chayes, managing director of Microsoft Research New England   It’s been another year of great research, growth, and connection at Microsoft Research New England. We’ve had more than 350 academic visitors this year, many of whom have engaged deeply with other Microsoft Research researchers and with our product groups. The Social Media…

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Microsoft Research Cambridge: 2012 in Review

Posted by Andrew Blake, managing director of Microsoft Research Cambridge As ever, at the core of Microsoft Research Cambridge’s work is participation in academic research across the world. Our publication activity is too prolific to detail, but we regularly hit the top conferences and journals. Notably, our staff co-authored eight papers this year on human-computer…

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ATL Europe: 2012 in Review

Posted by François Dumas, director of Advanced Technology Labs Cairo   When I joined Advanced Technology Labs Europe as its director, I expected to work with great talent on hard problems to incubate impactful technology. Three months later, I can honestly say that the group has fulfilled all my hopes, and as we cross the…

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ATL Cairo: 2012 in Review

Posted by Hussein Salama, director of Advanced Technology Labs Cairo   In 2012, we reaped the fruits of our long-term investments and bets that we made close to four years ago. In the midst of the Egyptian-revolution aftershocks, our lab managed to keep its focus and to end the year with many wonderful achievements. Our…

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Microsoft Research India: 2012 in Review

Posted by P. Anandan, managing director of Microsoft Research India   At Microsoft Research India, 2012 began the same way all years do—with our annual Technical Advisory Board meeting and TechVista, which this time was in the lovely city of Kolkata at the Science City, a perfect place for a symposium on research and careers…

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