Microsoft Research (MSR) celebrating its 20th anniversary. On the occasion, MSR is hosting a day of conversations at many Microsoft research labs around the globe to discuss the key technology trends–like natural user interface, “big data,” and machine learning–that are transforming the way people use computers and what they can do for us.
“Spurred by Bill Gates’ vision that someday computers will see, listen, speak and learn, Bill, Rick Rashid and Nathan Myhrvold created MSR in 1991 with a mission to advance the state of the art in computing through a combination of basic and applied research. That mission hasn’t changed, but the organization has blossomed to 12 facilities around the world (including Redmond, Wash.; Cambridge, U.K.; Beijing; Mountain View, Calif.; Aachen, Germany; Bangalore; Cairo and Cambridge, Mass.), currently supporting more than 850 researchers in over 60 fields of research,” Microsoft stated.
Microsoft Research operates twelve facilities worldwide.
Kinect Fusion, a Microsoft Research project, leverages Kinect sensor data to create high quality 3D models.
The company spends about $9 billion a year on R&D. Microsoft’s research arm was launched in 1991 by Bill Gates, Rick Rashid and Nathan Myhrvold to help explore Gates’ vision of a wired world with computers that can “see, listen, speak and learn,” Microsoft’s Steve Clayton said.
“If you’ve used speech recognition in Office, searched on Bing, had spam removed from your inbox or played Xbox games with friends across the Internet, then you have benefitted from the work of MSR. As I write this blog post and use Microsoft Office to check grammar and spelling, I’m utilizing inventions from MSR. Much of their work is realized in feature updates “under the hood” that we may not even recognize, but that make it possible for us to do things like see social networking results in Bing or navigate your phone with your voice.
In fact, some of their latest work is very intentionally invisible – the technology inside Kinect that can track your body movement and hear your voice was a result of work inside MSR. I like to call their work “the magic behind the curtain” and I think that accurately depicts the humble way in which they deliver their work, without fanfare or ceremony.”
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