Media Alert: Brown University and Microsoft Research to Announce Alliance Aimed at Revolutionizing Pen-Centric Computing in Academic Environment


Brown University and Microsoft Research will officially announce the formation of the Microsoft® Center for Pen-Centric Computing at Brown University at a joint press conference.

This center will cultivate new ways to combine the convenience of the pen and the power of computing so students and faculty can take advantage of these new tools. The vision of the proposed center is to make interacting with a computer as easy as communicating using a pencil and paper, but much more compelling by using the power of the computer as a means of connecting the professor with the students in a more dynamic and interactive way.

Rick Rashid, senior vice president of Microsoft Research, will address attendees at the event. Rashid will be joined by Brown President Ruth J. Simons and Andy van Dam, vice president of research at Brown University.


Event host: Andy van Dam, vice president of research for Brown University

Guest speaker: Ruth J. Simmons, president of Brown University

Guest speaker: Rick Rashid, senior vice president of Microsoft Research


Monday, March 20, 2006

1 p.m. EST: press conference (press check-in at 12:30 p.m.)

2 p.m. EST: demonstrations of Tablet PC technology

4 p.m. EST: public address by Rick Rashid, senior vice president of Microsoft Research


Brown University, Center for Information Technology, 115 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02912

About Microsoft Research

Founded in 1991, Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. Its goals are to enhance the user experience on computing devices, reduce the cost of writing and maintaining software, and invent novel computing technologies. 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 in such areas as graphics, speech recognition, user-interface research, natural language processing, programming tools and methodologies, operating systems and networking, and the mathematical sciences. Microsoft Research employs more than 700 people in five labs located in Redmond, Wash.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; Cambridge, England; Beijing; and Bangalore, India. The External Research & Programs group within Microsoft Research is dedicated to building world-class relationships with colleges and universities that enhance the teaching and learning experience, inspire technological innovation, and establish Microsoft as a valuable technology partner for higher education. More information can be found at

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