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It is great to see that Microsoft has selected some worth projects and has awarded lots of money for continued research on these areas. Here's the announcement:

Microsoft Research announced on Monday that Microsoft will award almost $6.5 million in grants to colleges and universities across the United States to supplement research, research faculty, and research facilities. Microsoft Research's Rich Rashid said computer science impacts all types of work and industries, and investing in academia will lead to better technologies and better lives. Microsoft said research aimed at the use of cellular phone technology, particularly the enhancement of health care services in both rural and urban settings, will receive $1 million. Genome-wide association studies, which will lay the groundwork for patients to receive more personalized treatment based on genetic mapping, will receive $700,000. Three projects dealing with enhanced computing capabilities will each receive $500,000. One project focuses on Intelligent Web 3.0 and a human-centric, context-aware model of information access. The second will attempt to enable safe and scalable concurrent programs. The third will try to make computer systems more energy efficient. Microsoft is also funding a research project focused on enhancing the level of interaction between humans and robots, which will try to bring gadgets to the market within five to 10 years. An additional $2.75 million will be donated to other recipients, including $1 million to the A. Richard Newton Breakthrough Research Award. Five chosen faculty members will also split $1 million through the Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship. The final portion of the grants will be used to establish the Center for Collaborative Technologies at the University of Washington, which will receive $750,000 over the next three years.

Now, if  Microsoft  can also focus on high school computer science education as well. I blogged about me asking Bill Gates at the Microsoft Summit way back in March if Computer Science Education is dead and why has Microsoft stopped creating curriculum for high school computer science programs. To date, nothing has been done in this area and with new technologies in Expression Web and XNA it really is a shame.

For some reason, I'm still optimistic that something will be done. Heck, it looks like Microsoft has some money for research and maybe some left over to have some curriculum developed for us to use.


Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 4:53 PM | Back to top

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