Microsoft Research Asia

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Microsoft Research Asia
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Microsoft Research Asia, Microsoft’s fundamental research arm in the Asia Pacific region, was founded in Beijing China on November 5, 1998. The lab conducts basic research in natural user interfaces, next-generation multimedia, data-intensive computing, search and online advertising, and computer science fundamentals. It employs around 250 researchers and engineers, has used more than 2,500 interns, has awarded over 230 Microsoft fellowships, has published over 1,500 papers for top international journals and conferences, and has achieved many technological breakthroughs.[1] It is one of the thirteen Microsoft Research labs.[2]

Microsoft Research Asia operates under a mission of advancing the state of the art in computing through a combination of basic and applied research.[3] More than 300 research results have been transferred to Microsoft products, including Windows, Office, Bing, Xbox, Kinect, and Windows Phone. In addition, technologies from the lab have been adopted by international standards bodies such as MPEG4 (error-resilient video transmission), IETF (TCP/IP header compression), and ITU/ISO (video-compression technology).[4]

The lab maintains a research agenda that focuses on five areas:

  • Natural User Interfaces that enable users to interact with a computer using speech, gestures, and expressions.
  • Next-generation multimedia that allows people to search for and to be immersed in interactive online shopping, education, meeting, and entertainment activities.
  • Data-intensive computing that explores infrastructures, algorithms, tools, and applications to collect, analyze, and mine results for data-intensive endeavors.
  • Search and Online Ads by applying data-mining, machine-learning, and knowledge-discovery techniques to information analysis, organization, retrieval, and visualization.
  • Fundamental Computer Science, including areas such as theoretical computer science (theory), systems, networking, and machine learning.[5]

University Relations[edit]

MSR Asia cooperates with many universities in Asian countries, mainly through Joint Laboratories. The University Relations (UR) program at Microsoft Research Asia works with the academic community and governments across the Asia-Pacific region to foster innovative research and advanced education, and to promote academic collaboration.

The UR team has worked with universities and institutions to organize various programs and events, including theme-based research projects, joint labs, international conferences, faculty summits, visiting researcher programs, and on-campus lectures and courses. Since 1998, UR has sponsored more than 600 events in some 10 countries and regions that have attracted 300,000 participants. UR has partnered with nearly 100 universities and institutes.

In recent years, UR has launched a series of initiatives to develop strategic relations with governments and academia across the region. One component of these new initiatives is an emphasis on regional programs that extend collaborations with universities in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore.[6]


In addition to fundamental research MSR Asia also plays host to events that facilitate collaboration among academics, researchers, and industry experts. These events include:

  • Computing in the 21st Century Conference (21CCC)[7]
  • Asia Faculty Summit[8]

Notable Developments[edit]

Researchers at MSR Asia have contributed to a number of technological breakthroughs:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Microsoft Research Asia".
  2. ^ "About Research at Microsoft". Microsoft Research. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  3. ^ "Microsoft Research Asia (The Future Of Computing)".
  4. ^ "Microsoft Research Asia Overview".
  5. ^ "Microsoft Research Asia".
  6. ^ "Microsoft Research Connections".
  7. ^ "Microsoft Research--21CCC 2012". Archived from the original on June 25, 2013.
  8. ^ "Microsoft Research--Asia Faculty Summit 2012".
  9. ^ "Microsoft revs speedier, smarter speech recognition for phones".
  10. ^ "Microsoft Mines Web to Hone Language Tool".