Today and tomorrow, you can watch researchers from Microsoft Research discussing their work, aimed at solving the some of the world’s most difficult computing challenges. The featured talks and panels, part of the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit taking place at Microsoft’s Redmond, Wash., campus, are being streamed live courtesy of the IEEE Computer Society. The panels being broadcast today will cover topics such as natural user interfaces and technology policy; tomorrow, technologists unable to attend the event will still get to witness Rick Rashid, chief research officer at Microsoft Research, talk about the blending of physical and virtual worlds, and Harold Javid, the research center’s director of regional programs, share ideas about how to foster the next generation of computer scientists.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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