The twelfth Microsoft Research Faculty Summit was held last week from July 18 through 20 at Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters. For the past 11 years, the summit has brought academic and government research professionals together to provide a forum for lively debate of the development, application, and funding of technologies in the environmental, medical, and educational domains.
Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer at Microsoft, presented the keynote at the event along with the leadership from Microsoft Research – Peter Lee, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director, Lili Cheng, General Manager, FUSE Labs, and Rick Szeliski, Principal Researcher. Apart from the keynotes, the summit featured talks, panels, workshops, and demonstrations. The event encourages research by highlighting the value of industrial research in society, education, and technology transfer and recognizing academic researchers for their contributions.
The summit features a Design Expo where student groups present their work to leading academic researchers and educators. This allows students to hone their presentation skills, and gain valuable feedback from notable design leaders from inside and outside of Microsoft. Each year, Microsoft Research sponsors a semester-long class at leading design schools. Representative teams from these schools participate at the Design Expo.
At the summit, Microsoft Research also gave away the 2011 Faculty Fellowship Awards. Microsoft believes that an able faculty is vital to the future of academic computer science, and the fellowship program stimulates and supports creative research undertaken by promising researchers who have the potential to make a profound impact on the field of computing and of becoming thought leaders in the field.