Tune in for the latest on devices and networking

Tomorrow, May 12, is the first full day of the Microsoft Research Devices and Networking Summit, which brings together more than 175 experts to discuss cutting-edge developments, potential breakthroughs, and ongoing concerns in today’s evermore connected world.


Ant Rowstron and Steve Hodges, Co-Chairs of the Microsoft Devices and Networking Summit, writes:

An event of this significance deserves broad participation, which is why we are thrilled to announce that Wednesday, May 13, we will broadcast key speeches, interviews, and demos from the Summit. That’s right—some of the best of the conference will be available online. Just tune in this Wednesday.

The Wednesday webcast will explore such topics as the design of the next generation of connected devices, including a keynote address from renowned materials scientist Sir Richard Friend. And we’ll provide an in-depth look at how inexpensive, but powerful, platforms are enabling schoolchildren to build their own prototypes—and generating excitement about STEM subjects.

You’ll also get insights into developments in spectrum issues—think next-gen Wi-Fi—and learn about Mobility First, a proposed new architecture of the Internet.  Meanwhile, those of you who are concerned with security and privacy—that would be everyone, right?—will get advice from two of the leading experts in this fraught area.  And if those anxieties raise your blood pressure, you’ll take heart when you learn what’s new in the world of wearable, connected health monitors.

Interested in how the cloud plays into this realm of interconnections? We have just the keynote for you, as Microsoft Research distinguished scientist Victor Bahl envisions a future in which “cloudlets” provide seamless connections.

And what’s a Microsoft Research conference without demos? Unthinkable. So we’ll feature deep dives into four “bleeding-edge” demo projects.  Throughout the entire broadcast, you’ll see firsthand the value of industry-academia collaboration, as researchers combine their unique strengths to achieve outcomes that are far greater than the sum of the parts.

Speaking of industry-academia collaboration, we'll also provide information about the Surface Hub for Research RFP (request for proposal). This RFP is a golden opportunity for qualified academic researchers to create innovative applications that exploit the capabilities of the Surface Hub’s huge, multi-sensing, pen-and-touch display.

All of this and more will be available on May 13. So plug in, switch on, and enjoy!

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