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  1. Microsoft Research Asia A Partner in the Academic CommunityOverview of University Collaboration Programs John WarrenManager, University RelationsSouth East AsiaDecember 2005

  2. Contents • Overview of MSRA University Relations (UR) • Role of UR • Organization structure • Key Initiatives & Programs • Outline • Some local examples

  3. University Relations (UR)– the Regional Bridge Build long-term in-depth mutually beneficial relations Bridge between MSRA & universities: • Research collaboration • Curriculum innovation • Talent development • Academic exchange

  4. University Relations (UR)– the local Bridge • Team with the Microsoft subsidiaries to help facilitate opportunities for faculty members and students.

  5. MSRA UR Structure “Host” Director

  6. Collaboration Programs • Research Collaboration • Curriculum Innovation • Talent Development • Academic Exchange • Academic Round Tables

  7. Research Collaboration • MSRA and MSR Requests for Proposals (RFPs) (Curriculum or Research) • Recent Research awards resulting from MSRA RFPs • Dr. Frederic Maire – QUT • Dr. Greg Wadley, University of Melbourne • ARC linkage Grants • UNSW • “Peer-to-Peer Computing” (will finish in 2006/7) • Monash • “Context rich mobile agent technology.” (completed) • Macquarie • “Trustworthy Computing” (will finish in 2006) • +2/3 more during CY2006 • Enterprise Information Infrastructure (EII) • Significant investment including academic exchange

  8. Collaboration Programs • Research Collaboration • Curriculum Innovation • Talent Development • Academic Exchange • Academic Round Tables

  9. Curriculum Innovation • Requests for Proposals (RFPs) (Curriculum or Research) • Curriculum awards resulting from RFPs • Dr. Ross Brown – QUT • Assoc. Prof. Paul Roe - QUT • Prof Vijay Varadharajan – Macquarie • Assoc. Prof. Francois Ladouceur – UNSW • Prof. Christine Mingins – Monash • Prof. Arkady Zaslavsky – Monash • David Jones – RMIT • Two RFPs out now (close December 24) • Trustworthy Computing • Gaming & Graphics • Facilitate faculty community • Microsoft Research Asia Theme workshops (March 2004 and 2005) • Faculty Summit • Other • Sponsorship of .NET lab in Department of Computer Science at University of Melbourne • Offering a Masters in Distributed Computing (incorporating .NET) – a world first.

  10. Collaboration Programs • Research Collaboration • Curriculum Innovation • Talent Development • Academic Exchange • Academic Round Tables

  11. Talent Development • Microsoft Fellowship • Winners at University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and Monash University 2004 • Winners at University of Sydney and RMIT University 2005 • 2006 program will be announced in March 2006 • “Selected” Universities only at this stage • “Stars of Tomorrow” Internship Program • e.g., Ying Zhang – RMIT University • (space, competitive, willing and able to work for a period of time in Beijing) • WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY !!!!!!

  12. Case Study: “Stars of Tomorrow”- Microsoft Research Asia Internship Program Mission: Nurture young research talent for both MSRA and the world research community. • More than 2000 students from around 100 universities worldwide • participated in the internship program in the past 6 years • Work with top-notch researchers to learn methodology and • skill of doing world-class research • Learn MSRA culture and values • Make an impact on the academic world • Build personal academic network by • communicating with researchers worldwide

  13. Collaboration Programs • Research Collaboration • Curriculum Innovation • Talent Development • Academic Exchange • Academic Round Tables

  14. Academic Exchange • Why and How? • Faculty summit and 21st Century Computing Conference • 9 Australian academics attended in 2003 • 8 Australian academics attended in 2004 • 8 Australian academics attended in 2005 • Regional Faculty Workshops (in Beijing) • For curriculum and research RFP winners and others • Build a “community” • Meet with MSR/A researchers • Enterprise Information Infrastructure (EII) - comprises 48 leading researchers from 20 research institutions in Australia • visiting academic to MSRA in Aug/Sept 2005 - Dr. Xuemin Lin (University of NSW) • Dr. Harry Shum - member of EII International Advisory Board • Dr. Wei-Ying Ma – Research Manager at MSRA – member of EII • Dr. Harry Shum member of QUT Scientific Advisory Board for Australasian CRC for Interaction Design • Hosted visits to MSRA

  15. Case study:21st Century Computing Conference • Annual 21st Century Computing Conference • 2003: 2 cities, 14 talks, 368 faculties, 6,500 students • 2004: 2 cities, 26 talks, 400 faculties, 6,900 students • Nobel Laureate, Turing, Fields, Draper award winners

  16. Collaboration Programs • Research Collaboration • Curriculum Innovation • Talent Development • Academic Exchange • Academic Round Tables

  17. Academic Round Tables • What? • opportunity for senior academics e.g., Deans/HODs/HoS to meet with MS Australia and MSRA in an informal environment • Format • 2 Hours only - 1200 to 1400 • 1200 – round table discussion, no presentations, no handouts • 1300 – lunch, discussion continues • Sydney - Sept 2004 and Sept 2005 • Melbourne – Feb 2005 • NZ – March and Sept 2005 • Singapore - October 2005 • Why? • stay in touch, inform each other, build relationships

  18. Concluding comments • Is Microsoft Research Asia too China centric? • Is it changing?

  19. Is Microsoft Research Asia too China centric? (cont)Summary of 2005 Faculty Summit delegates

  20. Is Microsoft Research Asia too China centric? (cont)Gaming and Graphics RFP awards in 2005 • 4 of the top 10 awards were to Universities outside of China • 3 of the 4 were to Australian Universities

  21. Is Microsoft Research Asia too China centric? (cont)Trustworthy Computing RFP awards in 2005 • 6 responses in total were determined worthy of an award • 5 of the 6 were to non-Chinese Asia Pacific Universities

  22. Concluding comments • Is Microsoft Research Asia too China centric? • In some areas – yes • In other areas – definitely NOT • Is it changing? • YES

  23. More information?

  24. Faculty Summit Nov 2004

  25. For more information Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA): http://research.microsoft.com/asia MSRA University Relations (UR): http://research.microsoft.com/ur/asia Email:- john.warren@microsoft.com

  26. Coffee break time