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Mar 22, 2004, 03:04 PM
Company grant powers MIT's iCampus projects

By Robert Weisman, Globe Staff, 3/22/2004

Microsoft Research hasn't located any of its cutting-edge labs in the Boston area. But when Rick Rashid spent a couple of days here last week, he was visiting the closest thing to a Microsoft lab on the East Coast: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rashid, senior vice president for research at Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, Wash., dropped in at MIT's iCampus program, funded with a $25 million grant from Microsoft. The grant underwrites dozens of faculty- and student-run research projects, from designing robots on Microsoft-powered Tablet computers to controlling engineering lab equipment remotely with the company's Web services applications.

ICampus is Microsoft's largest single engagement with a research university and one of the most ambitious corporate investments in academic research anywhere.