Yanco and Liu attend Microsoft Faculty Summit

Professors Holly Yanco and Benyuan Liu were invited guests at the twelfth Microsoft Faculty Summit, held from July 18 to 20, 2011, in Redmond, Washington.

Yanco and Liu have each received an award from Microsoft Research, and were among an elite group of only 300 computer science researchers world-wide who were invited to the Summit.

Prof. Liu recently received an equipment grant from Microsoft Research to introduce Windows 7 phones and mobile cloud services (Project Hawaii) in his offering of 91.564 Data Communications II. Students were very excited about the opportunity to use the advanced mobile cloud technologies from Microsoft Research, and developed a variety of mobile app projects ranging from smartphone RSS news reader to providing various services for the community.

Prof. Yanco was at the Faculty Summit as part of her collaboration with Microsoft on human-robot interaction using the Microsoft Surface. While there, she learned more about Microsoft’s ongoing research in Natural User Interfaces (NUI), including the recent SDK release for the Kinect.  

Microsoft produced a special news video and blog posting describing the work that Yanco’s Robotics Lab has conducted using the Microsoft Surface. The video, entitled “Learn How Robots Can Help When Disaster Strikes,” can be viewed here.

Robotics Lab’s “DREAM Controller” system for interacting with a robot, implemented on Microsoft Surface. (Image from “Learn How Robots Can Help When Disaster Strikes” video.)

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