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Dear Friends,

What if, you could actually see your doctor when you were at home? What if, your wearable devices could cheer you up one day? What if, an intelligent computing system broke the barrier between the physical and virtual world, and let you communicate whenever and wherever you wanted?

At the first sight of this description, you might, like me, conjure up a fancy picture of what computer science will look like in the future.

Indeed, in today's new wave of technological transformation, scientists around the world are exploring an array of technologies to enable the seamless flow of information between humans and computing devices and trying to draw a clearer picture of the future.

In this context, on the occasion of Microsoft Research Asia's 15th anniversary, the 15th Computing in the 21st Century Conference, co-hosted by Microsoft Research Asia and the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), will be held on November 1st, 2013 at Hefei Theater. Titled "Decoding the Future," this event will invite global computing masters to share the latest trends and research results with thousands of college students and faculty through keynote speeches and panel discussions, to provide a new perspective on computer science research and education in China and the Asia-Pacific region.

The Computing in the 21st Century Conference, founded by Microsoft Research Asia since the lab's inception, has become one of the biggest and most influential conferences in computing science education and research in China and the Asia-Pacific. In the past 14 years, the conference has successfully held fourteen sessions in China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and other countries and regions. The number of participants has exceeded 38,000.

This year's conference will invite global academic and scientific authorities, including 2007 Turing Award Recipient Prof. Joseph Sifakis from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, IEEE and ACM Fellow Prof. Klara Nahrstedt, Associate Head of Computer Science Department at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IEEE Fellow Prof. Rosalind Picard, founder of the Affective Computing Research Group at MIT Media Lab, Dr. Rick Rashid, founder of Microsoft Research, Dr. Harry Shum, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft, Dr. Jeannette Wing, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research, and Dr. Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia, and will focus on the topics of tele-immersive environments, affective computing, intelligent systems, big data, and the future trends of computer science.

As chairman of the 15th Computing in 21st Century Conference, I sincerely invite friends from the academic community, students and teachers, to attend this conference and leverage this great opportunity to interact with these masters of computing. I am looking forward to seeing the sparks of creativity and insight coming from the collision of different ideas from different areas. Together, we decode the future!

Yong Rui
Conference Chairman
Senior Director of Microsoft Research Asia
Date: November 1st, 2013
Venue: Hefei Grand Theatre, Anhui
Hotline: +8610 59172488
 
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