Microsoft Research (MSR) is the research division of Microsoft created in 1991 for developing various computer science ideas and integrating them into Microsoft products. It currently employs Turing Award winners C.A.R. Hoare, Butler Lampson, and Charles P. Thacker, Fields Medal winner Michael Freedman, MacArthur Fellow Jim Blinn, Dijkstra Prize winner Leslie Lamport and many other highly recognized experts in computer science, physics, and mathematics, including Turing Award winner Jim Gray up until his highly publicized disappearance while sailing, and Loève Prize, Henri Poincaré Prize and Ostrowski Prize winner Oded Schramm until he fell to his death while climbing in the mountains.
Microsoft research is categorized into the following broad areas:
- Algorithms and Theory
- Communication and Collaboration
- Computational Linguistics
- Computational Science
- Computer Vision
- Computer Systems and Networking
- Data Mining and Management
- Economics and Computation
- Graphics and Multimedia
- Hardware and Devices
- Health and Well-Being
- Human–Computer Interaction
- Machine Learning
- Mobile Computing
- Quantum Computing
- Search, Informaton Retrieval, and Knowledge Management
- Security and Privacy
- Social Media
- Social Sciences
- Software Development, Programming Principles, Tools, and Languages
- Speech Recognition, Synthesis, and Dialog Systems
- Technologies for Emerging Markets
Microsoft Research sponsors the Microsoft Research Fellowship for graduate students and the New Faculty Fellowship for new faculty members.
- Microsoft Research Redmond was founded on the Microsoft Redmond campus in 1991 working in building 8 by Nathan Myhrvold and has now moved to their own facility in building 99. It currently has about 350 researchers and is headed by Peter Lee.
- Microsoft Research Cambridge was founded in 1997 by Roger Needham and now numbers over 100 employees. It maintains close ties to the University of Cambridge.
- Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) was founded in Beijing in November 1998. Advanced Technology Center was initially a group of MSRA until it became an independent R&D group of Microsoft.
- Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, located in Mountain View, California, was founded in August 2001. In January 2006, the Silicon Valley lab merged with Microsoft's Bay Area Research Center (BARC) in San Francisco.
- Microsoft Israel Innovation Labs (ILabs), building on its original R&D operation in Israel which was founded in 1991 and tapping into Israel's thriving high-tech community, Microsoft inaugurated in April 2006 the Israel Research & Development Center. The Israel R&D Center is situated in two main locations - in Herzliya, heartland of Israel's high tech industry, and in Matam, Haifa, home to many graduates of the Technion, Israel's leading technology university.
- Microsoft Research India was established in January 2005 in Bangalore and headed by Dr. P. Anandan.
- Cairo Microsoft Innovation Center (CMIC) was founded in 2006 by Tarek Elabbady and currently headed by Hussein Salama.
- Microsoft Research New England was established in 2008 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, adjacent to the MIT campus.
- Microsoft Research New York was established in New York, New York on May 3, 2012 with Jennifer Chayes as Managing Director of this location (as well as the New England location). Says David Pennock, Assistant Managing Director, "We'll all be working together in consensus style here in the lab."
Microsoft Research also invests in multi-year collaborative joint research with world-class academic institutions at Barcelona Supercomputing Center, INRIA, Carnegie Mellon University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), and the Microsoft Research Centre for Social NUI to drive scientific advances and technical innovation in computing. See the full list.
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