HCDE Faculty Attend the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

Cecilia Aragon Julie Kientz
HCDE Faculty Cecilia Aragon (left) and Julie Kientz were invited to attend the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2011.

HCDE Professors Cecilia Aragon and Julie Kientz were among faculty who were invited to attend the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2011, intended to provide participants with a forum in which to explore the integral role industrial research plays in society, education, and technology transfer.

Professor Kientz commented on the value of the summit, noting, "The Microsoft Research Faculty Summit is a great way to learn about the different research projects going on at Microsoft, network with potential collaborators in the field of computing, and learn about different ways to help educate students in computing-related fields. This year's theme was "Future World," and it was exciting to see so many people working on a variety of projects that are having real impact. Projects involving creative uses of Microsoft's Kinect were definitely the stars of the show this year."

Professor Aragon discussed Lili Cheng's closing keynote address on Microsoft's approach to social software, "It's good to see that Microsoft is aware of new trends and is attempting to meet the needs of a new generation who see computers in a very different light than previous generations."

Photos from the three-day event are available on the Microsoft Summit website.