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
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.
PhotoSynth was based on Photo Tourism, a joint research project between University of Washington (UW) and Microsoft Research. You can read more about it’s history from here or watch an early version of this technology presented during the 2006 SIGGRAPH.
Email Prioritizer is an free add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 that helps you manage email overload. and it prioritizes email to help you focus on the email messages that are most important to you with a 0-3 star rating system. It also provides a “do not disturb” button that temporarily pauses new email arrival.
It does this by using various algorithms to automatically identify the importance or urgency of e-mail messages delivered into an Outlook 2007 in-box. This idea was developed from a research project by Eric Horvitz and Mary Czerwinski.
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.
On Tuesday (12 Aug 2008), Bill Gates said that the dramatic growth of the Internet would eventually help eliminate “the last constraints we have” and spark a software-writing revolution.
Bill was at a forum in Hong Kong to mark the 10th anniversary of the software giant’s Asian research arm (Microsoft Research Asia). He added that technology currently being developed would transform the way people use computers, expanding their ability to interact with the machines.
Gates also praised the work of his company’s Asian research division and voiced confidence in the power of science and technology as a force for positive change. “Whether it’s software or energy or agriculture, the promise of science is … much greater than ever before and that’s why I’m so optimistic,” he said.”