Latest recipients of Windows Azure research grants include forensic investigations and ‘Gangnam Style’

Jan 16, 2014

Microsoft Research’s Windows Azure for Research program includes an ongoing series of Windows Azure cloud training events and Windows Azure research grants, with the most recent topics and recipients selected ranging from “Minority Report: Using the Cloud to Enable Proactive Digital Forensic Investigations” by Liliana Pasquale of the University of Limerick, Ireland, to “Does ‘Gangnam Style’ really exist? – Answers from data science perspective” by Joon Heo of Yonsei University in South Korea.

As the Microsoft Research Connections Blog reports, “The response was particularly strong from such countries as Brazil and China, where our recent training events gave researchers an excellent, hands-on view of the capabilities of Windows Azure.”

In this round of proposals, several strong research themes emerged: “Specifically, the life sciences and the emerging field of urban science were abundantly represented. Both themes can be thought of as big data topics, but they are really part of what we call the fourth paradigm of science, which is about discovering new scientific principles through deep analysis of massive amounts of data. Urban science, which can be described as an interdisciplinary mashup of computer science and social science, is becoming an important tool for city planners. By using the real-time data that a typical modern city generates, they can gain a better understanding how to improve life for the city’s inhabitants.”

Another common theme: “using Windows Azure on the Microsoft cloud for data collection, analysis and dissemination.”

Some eye-catching proposals in the list of winners posted on the blog post include “Cloud Sensing based Urban Travel Time Prediction with Online Traffic Simulator” by Hwasoo Yeo of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea, “Real-time Catastrophe Risk Management on Windows Azure” by Blesson Varghese of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and “ChessWitan: Mining chess data to distinguish human from computer play” by Julio Hernandez-Castro and David Barnes of the University of Kent in England.

You can review abstracts for these and the rest of the proposals at Windows Azure for Research. The next deadline for proposals is Feb. 15. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend one of our training events or, study the training material posted online. Find a schedule of upcoming training events and training materials at Cloud Research Projects.

Head over to the Microsoft Research Connections Blog for the full list of grant recipients and their proposals.

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Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

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