Over here at Microsoft Research's annual summit with university researchers in Redmond this morning, the company announced plans for its next research grants to colleges and universities. Considered in the scope of Microsoft's revenues, the individual dollar amounts aren't huge. However, the annual announcement is worth watching to see which subjects the company chooses, because those indicate the areas it considers most promising and worth exploring.
One interesting category is a $500,000 commitment for research in "sustainable computing." The company defines that as "research in innovative approaches toward power-optimized system architectures, and adaptive power management solutions for maximizing the energy efficiency of computing infrastructure."
Other areas include multicore computing ($500,000), using cell phones for healthcare ($1 million), human-robot interaction ($500,000), and "biomedical computing for genome wide association studies" ($700,000). Another is "Intelligent Web 3.0," a $500,000 category that the company defines as this:
"Research to help find, discover, extract, publish, and share information, at a desk or on the go, safely, making the Web meaningful (from string manipulation to meaning computation) and enabling a human-centric, context-aware model of information access."
University researchers will now be submitting proposals to be considered for the grant money. Other announcements this morning included a $750,000 grant for a new "Center for Collaborative Technologies" at the University of Washington.Microsoft, Web 3.0, Fund, Microsoft News