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Microsoft Research Asia, Tsinghua University Jointly Host the 17th Computing in the 21st Century Conference
作者 Microsoft Research Asia
2015年10月28日

Beijing (October 28, 2015) - Microsoft Research Asia and Tsinghua University (Tsinghua) jointly today hosted the " Computing in the 21st Century Conference", a leading international academic event, at Tsinghua University. The Conference is co-chaired by Baining Guo, Assistant Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia and Yunhao Liu, Dean of School of Software, Tsinghua University. Several internationally acclaimed experts in computer science, including two Turing Award winners, were invited to share their recent research findings with an audience of some 2,000 Chinese college faculty members and students.

All keynote speakers and the conference co-chairmen (Baining Guo and Yunhao Liu)

"Tsinghua is very proud to once again co-host with Microsoft Research Asia this important academic event in computer science with participation from across the Asia-Pacific region,” said Xue Qikun, Vice President of Tsinghua University, at the opening ceremony. “Over time, our relationship with Microsoft has become more collaborative. Academic exchanges have become increasingly involved. We achieve fruitful results from the work we do together. No doubt that this event will have a positive effect on computer science research and international academic exchange and cooperation.”

Xue Qikun, Vice President of Tsinghua University, at the opening ceremony

“Microsoft Research is committed to open research and exploration in basic science that helps advance the computer industry and society more broadly by turning science fiction into science fact,” said Peter Lee, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Research. Working in collaboration with great academic institutions like Tsinghua University, we are exploring how advances in computing technologies can help every individual and organization the planet to achieve more.”

Peter Lee is delivering the keynote speech

The past few years have seen a sudden acceleration in the development of fields related to artificial intelligence. New progress has been achieved in branches of basic research such as deep neural networks, computer vision, natural language understanding, and speech recognition. Technologies of artificial intelligence, for their part, are also gradually changing the modern life experience. This is a turning point in the development of artificial intelligence capabilities, and the Computing in the 21st Century Conference will focus, in part, on the present and future of artificial intelligence.

Two recent Turing Award winners - Leslie Lamport, Principle Researcher of Microsoft Research (2013 winner), and Michael Stonebraker, Adjunct Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2014 winner) were invited to speak at the conference to share their own research findings and latest views on artificial intelligence with Chinese collegiate faculty members and students. In addition, Peter Lee, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Research; Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group and Microsoft Research Asia and other well-known computing experts delivered keynote speeches.

Also at the Conference, Microsoft officially released the "Microsoft Academic Search" service in China and signed a "Memorandum of Understanding on Academic Big Data Project" with Tsinghua University. Microsoft Academic Search is an academic search engine that is free of charge and serves as an intelligent search platform for comprehensive, accurate, and professional information on papers, international conferences, journals, and experts and their expertise. Through their long-term and in-depth cooperation, Microsoft and Tsinghua University hope to provide innovative and open academic research platforms and services to all of Chinese academia.

As one of China's premier institutions of higher learning, Tsinghua University shares a long friendship and tradition of cooperation with Microsoft, and 2015 has seen new milestones in their bilateral cooperation. The Global Innovation Exchange Institute (GIX) was jointly launched in June by Tsinghua University, the University of Washington and Microsoft. With groundbreaking educational institutions and specialized auxiliary facilities in Seattle, the project is designed to build innovative ecosystems. During his visit to the United States in September, Chinese President Xi Jinping presented Metasequoia to GIX and expressed his hope for its success. "Big Data Lecture Series", an online course development by the Tsinghua Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences and Microsoft Research Asia, was also formally started in October. This course imparts findings from researchers on the frontier of big data to interested students across the world.

"The in-depth and extensive cooperation between Microsoft and Tsinghua has contributed immensely to research, education, and technological innovation in computer science,” said Hsiao-Wuen Hon. “Microsoft will continue to deepen its exchanges and cooperation with Tsinghua and other institutions of higher learning, boosting developments in computer science education, basic research, and innovation in China."

Hsiao-Wuen Hon is giving the welcome speech

The "Computing in the 21st Century Conference", an academic event that Microsoft Research Asia has been hosting since its inception, is now one of the largest and most influential conferences on computer science education and research in China and the Asia Pacific region. To date, 16 annual sessions have been successfully held at venues throughout China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and other countries and territories with a combined audience of more than 40,000. Another major event at the conference is the announcement of the annual Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship. This year, 13 doctoral candidates received the fellowship.