Vice President of Microsoft Research Connections Tony Hey visited the China-VO

October 23, 2013, Vice President of Microsoft Research Connections, Tony Hey, visited National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC). Dr. Dan Fay (Director of Earth, Energy, and Environment of Microsoft External Research), and Dr. Guobin Wu (Microsoft Research Asia Academic Cooperation Department Manager) accompanied the visit. Deputy directors of NAOC, Gang Zhao and Jinxin Hao met with Dr. Hey. Professor Yongheng Zhao, Dr. Chenzhou Cui and China-VO team members attended the meeting.

Prof. Zhao expressed his welcome to Tony Hey. He showed grateful for the support given for the collaboration of Microsoft Research in the academic area with NAOC and China-VO. Dr. Cui recalled the pleasant and highly achievement cooperation for the past 11 years, since 2002 Microsoft Senior Scientist, Turing Award winner Dr. Jim Gray 's first visit to NAOC.

Dr. Tony Hey was very pleased by the results of collaboration achieved by Microsoft Research and NAOC in the past 11 years. He said MSR would continue to strengthen and deepen the cooperation on Worldwide Telescope and Virtual Observatory, and hopes to further expand bilateral collaboration.

After the meeting, guests from Microsoft Research visited NAOC exhibition hall and data center under the guidance of China-VO team members.