Microsoft Australia, Microsoft Research, the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Government launched the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces in December 2013.
Microsoft was founded in 1975 with a dream of “a computer on every desk and in every home” that has ultimately changed the way millions of people around the world communicate, work, learn and play.
Today, Microsoft is one of the world’s best-known brands. Their relationship with millions of Australians extends from the home to the school and the office — and Microsoft technology is fundamental to people working in business, government and the community. An estimated 17 million Australians have used Microsoft software either at work or home — searching the Web with Internet Explorer and Bing, analysing data with Office Excel, sharing through Hotmail, playing on Xbox, communicating with Windows Phone or using one of the many business and server platform products. Today, with the power of cloud computing, Microsoft has a vision to connect people to the things that are most important to them through a seamless experience across the PC, browser and phone.
While Microsoft continues to grow globally, so too has their awareness of the opportunity and responsibility. Microsoft Australia has to positively contribute in the communities where we live and work. To that end, they actively invest in activities that support Australian industry development and the community. Microsoft Australia takes great pride in being able to help Australian businesses, charities, communities and governments benefit from the global growth in technology and they are proud of the contribution to Australia on both an economic and social level.
Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. Researchers focus on more than 55 areas of computing and collaborate with leading academic, government and industry researchers to advance the state of the art.
Microsoft Research has expanded over the years to thirteen labs worldwide and a number of collaborative projects that bring together the best minds in computer science to advance a research agenda based on their unique talents and interests. Microsoft Research Connections collaborates with the world’s top academic and scientific researchers, institutions, and computer scientists to shape the future of computing in fields such as parallel programming, software engineering, natural user interfaces, and data-intensive scientific research.
The University of Melbourne
Established in 1853, The University of Melbourne is a leading global research university renowned for its teaching and research achievements and its social, economic and cultural contributions. With outstanding performance in international rankings, Melbourne is consistently ranked among the world’s top 50 universities. It has over 50,000 students and almost 8,000 staff undertaking teaching and research across a comprehensive range of Faculties and Graduate Schools. The University’s Research Vision, Ensuring Excellence and Impact to 2025, addresses some of the most difficult problems facing the world by focusing on three ‘Grand Challenges’ for the next century: understanding our place and purpose, fostering health and wellbeing, and supporting sustainability and resilience.
The University has a rich history of pioneering research and technological development. it remains on the forefront of innovation, with the largest cohort of research students in Australia.
The Microsoft SocialNUI Research Centre acknowledges the support it receives from the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (formally known as the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation) in the Victorian State Government.
The purpose of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources is to create the conditions to sustainably develop the Victorian economy and grow employment.