AGU 2012–Environment and large displays are fun

This week many of us from the Microsoft Research Earth, Energy and Science team are down at AGU2012 enjoying all that the American Geophysical Union’s 45th annual Fall Meeting has.  MSR has been a participant for many years and really enjoy connecting with scientists and researchers to discuss their scientific challenges.  In the Microsoft Research…

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Weather forecast on Windows Azure

Wenming Ye is another all-time favorite speakers at our Open Data for Open Science events. His Weather Forecast on Windows Azure demo showcases some of the best features of Windows Azure for big data, and often leaves his audience with eye-opening hands-on experience with Azure. Recently, at SuperComputing 2012, the Weather Forecast on Windows Azure…


Who is not talking about big data today

The São Paulo School of Advanced Science on e-Science for Bioenergy Research, SPSAS e-SciBioenergy, was held Oct. 22-26th at Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory – CTBE. I was honored to be one of the invited speakers and had a marvelous time with the students and researchers talking about “big data”. I learned that the…


A Game-Changing Mindset in the Field of Sensor Networks

Microsoft Research paper on low energy GPS sensing (called Cloud-Offloaded GPS or CO-GPS) received the Best Paper Award at ACM SenSys’12. Many considered the paper as the best example of the new direction that the community is taking — from focusing primarily on low power wireless networking to covering broadly sensing, data, and low power…


StreamInsight Demos

Microsoft StreamInsight™ is a powerful platform that you can use to develop and deploy complex event processing (CEP) applications. Mohamed Ali’s presentation on StreamInsight has been an all-time favorite at our Open Data for Open Science workshops, even when he had to present remotely via Skype over limited internet bandwidth. His My Campus Walk demo…


Big Data Requires Big Bandwidth – more demos

I mean, big data requires big internet bandwidth to present. Started in one of our own computer labs on Microsoft campus, since ODOS2011, we have been having great success with our ODOS presentations. Sometimes, I forgot how heavily dependent our live demos are on the internet connection. At the eSceince2012 last week, some of the…


OData Overview and Sample

Andy Conrad of Microsoft SQL did wonderful presentations on OData at the recent Microsoft Research ODOS workshops. Andy’s presentation deck and OData sample code is in the attached. Please email e3env@microsoft.com if you have any comments and/or would like more information. OData Introductio and Sample Code.zip


An Example of the 4th Paradigm in Teaching & Learning Practice

As appraised by many leading astronomical researchers, WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is one of the best implementations of Virtual Observatory (VO), or “big data observatory” nowadays. Meanwhile, we also believe that natural user interface (NUI), such as the Kinect device, can be used to enhance the VO experience. As we are exploring how we may put…


Making a simple WWT tour – The Southern Cross and the Australia Flag

In the WorldWide Telescope, WWT, follow the following steps: Find and show the Southern Cross constellation Click  Explore, then New, and then Slide-Based Tour… In the Tour Properties box, enter “Australia Flag” in the Tour Title field and click OK. Click Add New Slide – a new slide is created Right-click the new slide and…


Italian WWT

The Microsoft Research WorldWide Telescope, WWT was introduced to the Italian astronomical research and science education community by Prof. Giuseppe Longo in 2011. Since the WWT workshop at AstroInfomatics2011, Prof. Longo led a series of WWT activities, including 30 some lectures in school on WWT, a nationwide WWT competition, and the Robotic Telescope Ruggero de…