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SIGHCI at ICIS 2006 Kent Foster - Higher Education Faculty Programs US Subsidiary - Microsoft Corporation Microsoft Research - History. Founded in 1991 Internationally recognized research teams Staff of 750+ in over 55 disciplines

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Microsoft research history

SIGHCI at ICIS 2006Kent Foster - Higher Education Faculty ProgramsUS Subsidiary - Microsoft

Microsoft research history
Microsoft Research - History

  • Founded in 1991

  • Internationally recognized research teams

  • Staff of 750+ in over 55 disciplines

  • Investing over $6B in R&D in Research and product development

  • Strengthening the Ecosystem

    • Curriculum Repository

      • more than 1,000 curriculum resources

      • averages 14,000 downloads per month

    • Since 1997, awarded more than 100 fellowships

      • $1.2 million to 24 Ph.D. fellows

      • $1 million to five new faculty fellows last year alone

Names and notables
Names And Notables

  • Jim Gray, 1998 ACM Turing Award

  • Butler Lampson, 1992 ACM Turing Award

  • C.A.R. Hoare, 1980 ACM Turing Award

  • Gary Starkweather, Inventor of the laser printer

  • Jim Blinn, Graphics pioneer

  • Michael Freedman, Fields Medal winner

  • Gordon Bell, Father of the VAX

  • Rick Rashid, creator of the MACH kernel

Microsoft research
Microsoft Research

Microsoft Research Lab Locations

External Research Groups

Technology Learning Labs



  • Redmond (1991)

  • San Francisco (1995)

  • Cambridge (1997)

  • Beijing (1998)

  • Mountain View (2001)

  • Bangalore (2005)

Why think global
Why Think Global?

Sources: IDC, UN

Incubate ideas products
Incubate Ideas & Products

  • A “Safe House” for Incubating products and Ideas

    • Windows streaming media, Windows CE, TabletPC, eBook, Smart Personal Objects Technology

    • Ecommerce, Datamining, IIT (natural language and speech technologies, etc.

  • Critical role in MSFT growth

    • Driving software engineering technologies and practices

    • Developing future systems, high speed networking, wireless and data mining

    • Pioneering research in software that allows computers to see, hear, speak and understand

Research initiatives
Research Initiatives

Pervasive Computing

Technology Solutions

Digital Inclusion

Computational Sciences

Championing CS

What value could be delivered to emerging markets
What value could be delivered to emerging markets?

  • Information as a utility

  • Communication and transaction infrastructure

  • Education platforms, apps, tools

  • Grants and investments in development projects

  • Business skills and training

It for under served communities
IT for Under-Served Communities

  • Akhtar Badshah

    • Senior Director, Microsoft Community Affairs

Among his responsibilities, Dr. Badshah manages Microsoft Unlimited Potential (UP), a global program to promote digital inclusion and increased access to technology skills training in underserved communities.

Microsoft’s UP program is designed to help narrow the technology skills gap; aid global work-force development; and create social and economic opportunity by providing technology skills through community technology centers (CTCs).  UP offers a comprehensive approach to broadening digital inclusion by bringing together critical components, including training grants, software donations, community learning curricula and a global support network called

External research programs
External Research & Programs

  • Collaborate with leading research universities, government agencies, professional organizations and industry partners

  • Enhance the teaching and learning experience

  • Create joint research institutes and host academic summits, workshops and symposiums

  • Award annual fellowships and internships

New faculty fellowship 2005
New Faculty Fellowship 2005

  • 110 Nominations, 20 Semi-finalists, 11 Finalists, 5 winners

  • 5 Fellowships, $100K x 2 years (cash)

  • Winners have gained more prominence since being nominated

  • Microsoft will award five (5) fellowships in Spring 2007.

Subbash Khot

Georgia Tech

Frédo DurandMIT

Radhika Nagpal


Dan Klein


Wei Wang


Request for proposal
Request For Proposal

Largest RFP program in the IT Industry

7 RFPs in FY06 alone – provided academics > $4 million

Collaboration model
Collaboration Model

Accelerate Reach



Validate Directions

Workshops RFPs

Explore Ideas

Supporting programs – Faculty Summit, Ph.D. fellowships, New Faculty Awards, Ecosystem engagements

Microsoft research history

Workshops and Conferences

February 22-25, 2007

Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

How to find msr
How to Find MSR

  • Microsoft Research

  • External Research & Programs

  • Research Funding Opportunities

  • Fellowships

  • Internships

  • Human-Computer Interaction at MSR

Ms it intern program
MS IT Intern Program

  • Since 2001, main entry path into Microsoft IT for college hires

  • Students typically in senior year (sometimes juniors), doing real work (entry level duties)

  • Intern support system (manager, mentor, coach) and networking opportunities

  • Ex-interns in MACH (Microsoft Academy of College Hires) upon return as full time employee

  • Possible participation in rotation program upon return as full time employee

Typical it intern positions
Typical IT Intern Positions

  • Program Manager

  • Application Developer

  • System Analyst

  • Business Analyst

  • Software Test Engineer

  • Product Manager

  • Support Analyst

  • Ops Analyst

  • Build Engineer

  • Messaging Service Manager

  • Support Engineer

  • Technologist

  • Business Manager

  • Project Coordinator

  • Network Analyst

  • Service Manager

  • System Engineer

Intern program typical majors timeframes
Intern Program – Typical Majors & Timeframes


  • Computer Science

  • Business Administrations

  • Computer Engineering

  • Information Technology

  • Informatics

  • Managed Information Systems

  • Industrial Engineering

  • Computer Information Systems

  • Information Systems

    Most common Microsoft IT internship timeframes:

  • January – June

  • July – November/December

    Less common internship timeframes:

  • May-August (returning interns and international interns)

  • April – September (Drexel)

  • September – March (Drexel)