Over the weekend, the Microsoft Research website was given a new coat of paint. The new home page features a cleaner information layout and two Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) researchers interviews with Drs. Guo Baining and Zhang Dongmei.
- Dr Guo Baining (Interview: Microsoft Research Asia’s Guo Discusses the Future of Graphics) is a computer graphics researcher and also the Assistant Managing Director of the Beijing lab. In his interview, he shared about his passion for geometrical modeling which led him into computer graphics, his Microsoft Research experience and also discussed Internet Graphics group future research directions.
Zheng Yantao (NUS) received the 2008 Fellowship Award from Hon Hsiao-Wuen (MD, MSRA) during the Singapore 21st Century Computing Conference. Dr Su Guaning (NTU) and Prof Tan Eng Chye (NUS) witnessed the ceremony.
This years 4 winners from Singapore and Australia top universities received the Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship award after undergone a highly competitive and stringent process. These students received an open internship invitation to Microsoft Research Asia, a cash award and a commemorative plaque.
Congratulation to ALL our 2008 MSRA Fellowship winners across Asia Pacific.
Last Friday (7 Nov 2008), Microsoft Research Asia held its flagship conference – Computing the 21st Century Conference in Singapore for the very first time. There were more than 1100 researchers, academics, students and industry attendees at this event. Leading academics from Singapore took time from their heavy schedule to be at this event.
RADM(NS) Ronnie Tay, CEO, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore was the guest of honour at this event. Dr Su Guaning (President, Nanyang Technological University) and Prof Tan Eng Chye (Deputy President & Provost, National University of Singapore) provided the academia opening address.
The University Presidents also witnessed the Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship award ceremony. Huang Yi was the NTU Fellow and is currently undertaking her internship in the Beijing lab. Her supervisor, Assoc Prof Cham Tat-Jen accepted the award on her behalf. NUS Fellowship was awarded to Zheng Yantao.
The conference kicked off with an introduction to MS Research, lead by Rick Rashid, the Senior VP (Research). This is followed by Raj Reddy, Tony Hoare, Hsiao-Wuen Hon and Butler Lampson. It is almost unheard of to have 3 Turing award recipients in 1 stage.
After Butler Lampson’s session, there was a vigorous Q&A session from the floor. 15mins later, Baining Guo, the Conference Chair announced the successful conclusion of the 2008 21st Century Computing Conference in Singapore.
More conference pictures – http://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardoh/sets/72157607566885535/
11 Nov 2008: Click here for the 2008 Singapore 21st Century Computing Conference summary and pictures.
This week, Microsoft Research Asia celebrates our 10th Anniversary with two major celebrations in Beijing and Singapore. The celebration kicks off with the Microsoft Research Asia Faculty Summit, Beijing Computing in the 21st Century (held in Peking University) and Innovation Day in Beijing. This coming Friday, 7 Nov 2008, Singapore will host the second leg of the Computing in the 21st Century Conference (21CCC) at Hall 601, Suntec City Convention Centre.
The Singapore event speakers line-up consist of:
Computing in the 21st Century is an academic conference held by Microsoft Research Asia supported by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore. This event is targeted at researchers, academics, students and ICT trends/ research/ education policy decision makers.
For close to ten years, the conference has welcomed Turing Award recipients, famous Microsoft scientists and well-known scholars from all over the world to share their vision on the future of computing and exchange ideas with the innovative minds of China and Asia.
The conference Guest of Honour is RADM(NS) Ronnie Tay (CEO, Infocomm Development Authority, Singapore) and the event will also be opened by Dr Su Guaning (President, Nanyang Technological University) and Prof Tan Eng Chye (Deputy President & Provost, National University of Singapore)
Download Event Flyer. To register for the conference, please visit this link.
To find out more about this conference, please visit http://research.microsoft.com/asia/21stcomputing/2008/ENindex1_1.html
Microsoft Research Asia released a book (“Innovation Together” ISBN 978-0-387-87860-7) which contained papers previously published in respected journals to coincide with its 10 Year Anniversary celebration. These papers compiled by the University Relation team is a testimony of Microsoft Research Asia’s collaboration with the Asia Pacific academic community.
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(I got a mention in the Editor’s forward!)
John Warren (my manager) wrote an article about the life as a University Relations (UR) manager on Microsoft Research Asia web site. In the article, he describes about various UR programs, the multi-facets engagements and the challenges this role entails.
Inside the article he discussed about:
- MSRA “theme projects”
- Internal (Public Sector, Legal and Corporate Affairs) and external customers (from research institutions and sometimes government agencies)
- The amount of legal agreement negotiation and review we undertake for each joint research projects (it’s not funny, trust me)
- The reasons why he enjoys his role as a UR manager
If you are interested to get a snap shot of what I do, check out John’s article “A week in the life of a University Relations Manager“
Last week, Zhou Minliang, a Research Fellow from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences wrote an complimentary article about Microsoft Research Asia’s role in the development of China’s R&D capabilities. The article (微软亚洲研究院带给我们什么 – literally What has Microsoft Research Asia brought us) appeared in China’s Scientific Times (科学时报).
In the article, Mingliang applauded lab’s advancement computing and Bill Gate’s decision to open the lab in China. The lab’s creation has developed deep inroads to the Chinese’s psyche and brought upon great sense of pride and self-belief. He also described the lab’s dynamic and open environment as the key that foster creativity among its researchers in the midst of China’s transformation to a knowledge based economy.
Dr HUA Xian-Sheng, a lead reseacher from the Internet Media Group (Microsoft Research Asia) was awarded the 2008 MIT Technology Review Young Innovator prize. This award is given in recognition of Hua’s work in the content-based video analysis.
The amount of video on the Web is growing at an incredible rate. Effectively searching online video, however, remains difficult.
Hua hopes to crack the problem by teaching computers to recognize objects, scenes, events, and other elements of digital images. He uses machine-learning techniques and annotated videos to train computers to automatically categorize new videos. Click here to view a flowchart explaining Hua’s video search system.
The following Microsoft Research Asia groups are recruiting interns for the period from Jul – Sep 08:
- User Interface
- Media Communication
- Data Intelligence and Tools
- Machine Learning
- Visual Computing
- Internet Media
- Search Technology Center
Internship program, background information and FAQ are avaliable from http://research.microsoft.com/aboutmsr/jobs/internships/about_china.aspx
Interested PhD candidates from Australia, New Zealand and Singapore universities, please contact me () for more information. Please note that I can only respond to relevent AU, NZ and SG enquiries.
Interested applications from other countries may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last evening, National Public Radio (NPR) broadcasted an interview with Liu Tie-Yan, a researcher from the Web Search and Mining Group. During the interview, Tie-Yan spoke about his research passion and the dynamics of collaborating with his Redmond colleagues. He also highlighted challenges that working in China presents, and reflects on what Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) has meant for Chinese-educated researchers like him, and for the country’s universities.
Tie-Yan made a great point by saying that his web search research was driven by a desire to improve user experience, and not by the competition. This really reflects MSRA “academic environment” where reseachers are free to pursue areas of science that are of their interests and our researchers are always looking for ways to make an impact on the world.
Microsoft Worker in Beijing: Focus Is Collaboration by Michele Norris “NPR – All Things Considered” (6min 21sec)