Microsoft Research

  • Description
  • More than 1,000 sci­en­tists and engi­neers work across mul­ti­ple research areas in research labs world­wide, mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant prod­uct con­tri­bu­tions and col­lab­o­rat­ing on exter­nal projects that help solve global chal­lenges.

    About Microsoft Research

    Founded in 1991, Microsoft Research is ded­i­cated to con­duct­ing both basic and applied research in com­puter sci­ence and soft­ware engi­neer­ing. More than 1,000 bril­liant sci­en­tists and engi­neers focus on more than 55 areas of com­put­ing and openly col­lab­o­rate with lead­ing aca­d­e­mic, gov­ern­ment, and indus­try researchers to advance the state of the art of com­put­ing, help fuel the long-​term growth of Microsoft and its prod­ucts, and solve some of the world’s tough­est prob­lems through tech­no­log­i­cal innovation.
    Microsoft Research has expanded over the years to seven coun­tries world­wide and brings together the best minds in com­puter sci­ence to advance a research agenda based on an array of unique tal­ents and inter­ests. Microsoft Research oper­ates in Red­mond, Wash.; Cam­bridge, Mass.; New York City; Cam­bridge, U.K.; Bei­jing, China; and Ban­ga­lore, India; and also con­ducts research at the Advanced Tech­nol­ogy Labs Cairo in Egypt; the Advanced Tech­nol­ogy Labs Europe in Aachen, Ger­many; Advanced Tech­nol­ogy Labs in Israel; FUSE Labs in Red­mond; and Sta­tion Q in Santa Bar­bara, Calif.

    Col­lab­o­ra­tive research

    Microsoft Research col­lab­o­rates with the world’s fore­most researchers in acad­e­mia, indus­try and gov­ern­ment to move research in new direc­tions across nearly every field of com­puter sci­ence, engi­neer­ing and gen­eral sci­ence. Through global and regional ini­tia­tives, Microsoft aims to accel­er­ate research and dis­cov­ery and ulti­mately to help researchers and sci­en­tists address some of the tough­est, most urgent soci­etal and tech­no­log­i­cal challenges.

    Research areas

    Dis­cover pub­li­ca­tions, projects, down­loads and more for the research areas below.

    Algo­rithms and The­ory
    Explor­ing the the­o­ret­i­cal foun­da­tions of com­put­ing, and effi­cient algo­rithms for a wide vari­ety of problems.

    Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Col­lab­o­ra­tion
    Enabling peo­ple to reach each other instantly any time on any device.

    Com­pu­ta­tional Lin­guis­tics
    Focus­ing on machine trans­la­tion, mul­ti­lin­gual sys­tems and natural-​language processing.

    Com­pu­ta­tional Sci­ence

    Pro­vid­ing com­pu­ta­tional sup­port to unravel the mys­ter­ies of the universe.

    Com­puter Sys­tems and Net­work­ing
    Devel­op­ing tech­nolo­gies that enable com­put­ers to oper­ate effi­ciently and securely in a highly dis­trib­uted com­put­ing environment

    Com­puter Vision
    Teach­ing com­put­ers to see and under­stand the visual world.

    Data Min­ing and Man­age­ment
    Cre­at­ing sys­tems for access­ing and man­ag­ing large col­lec­tions of data, and algo­rithms for find­ing pat­terns and insights within the data.

    Eco­nom­ics and Com­pu­ta­tion

    Explor­ing the con­nec­tions between eco­nom­ics and com­puter sci­ence, and cre­at­ing eco­nomic mod­els of online systems.

    Build­ing part­ner­ships with acad­e­mia to advance com­puter sci­ence and education.

    Explor­ing new tech­nolo­gies to enhance the gam­ing expe­ri­ence, and iden­ti­fy­ing and devel­op­ing inno­v­a­tive tech­nolo­gies and cur­ric­ula to aid in edu­ca­tional activities.

    Graph­ics and Mul­ti­me­dia
    Explor­ing solu­tions to com­plex chal­lenges in pro­duc­ing, trans­mit­ting, and dis­play­ing increas­ingly sophis­ti­cated multimedia.

    Hard­ware and Devices
    Build­ing the hard­ware that will sup­port the next gen­er­a­tion of software.

    Health and Well-​Being
    Lead­ing inno­va­tion in assisted cog­ni­tion, bioin­for­mat­ics, syn­thetic biol­ogy, and biomedicine.

    Human-​Computer Inter­ac­tion
    Advanc­ing the way peo­ple inter­act with com­put­ers and devices.

    Machine Learn­ing and Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence
    Build­ing soft­ware that auto­mat­i­cally learns from data to cre­ate more advanced, intel­li­gent com­puter systems.

    Mobile Com­put­ing
    Explor­ing how to build mobile devices and ser­vices that are effi­cient, respon­sive, and usable.

    Quan­tum Com­put­ing
    Exploit­ing quan­tum physics to cre­ate a new gen­er­a­tion of com­put­ing devices.

    Search, Infor­ma­tion Retrieval and Knowl­edge Man­age­ment
    Explor­ing index­ing and clas­si­fi­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies, entity extrac­tion, and user-​experience con­cepts that help peo­ple orga­nize and find information.

    Secu­rity and Pri­vacy
    Ensur­ing the pri­vacy and integrity of our com­pu­ta­tions and data.

    Social Media
    Explor­ing how vir­tual com­mu­ni­ties and net­works are chang­ing the way peo­ple work, play, and con­nect with each other.

    Social Sci­ence
    Explor­ing how peo­ple use com­put­ing in their daily lives.

    Soft­ware Devel­op­ment, Pro­gram­ming Prin­ci­ples, Tools, and Lan­guages

    Improv­ing qual­ity and effi­ciency through­out the software-​development process.

    Speech Recog­ni­tion, Syn­the­sis, and Dia­log Sys­tems
    Teach­ing com­put­ers to speak and listen.

    Tech­nol­ogy for Emerg­ing Mar­kets
    Under­stand­ing how tech­nolo­gies can address the needs and aspi­ra­tions of peo­ple in the world’s devel­op­ing communities.


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