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Max Welling will lead new Microsoft Research Lab in Amsterdam

30 July 2021

As of September 2021, Max Welling will lead the new Microsoft Research Lab in Amsterdam. He will keep his appointment at the University of Amsterdam as full professor and continue to supervise his students and postdocs.

A new satellite Microsoft Research Lab in Amsterdam has been announced, which, in collaboration with researchers at the labs in Cambridge, UK, and Beijing, China, will be focused on molecular simulation using machine learning.

Machine learning, molecular simulation, and the opportunity for societal good

Unlocking the challenge of molecular simulation has the potential to yield significant breakthroughs in how we tackle such societal issues as climate change, drug discovery, and the treatment of disease, and Microsoft is ramping up its efforts in the space.

In a podcast episode, Chris Bishop, Lab Director at Microsoft Research Cambridge, welcomes renowned machine learning researcher Max Welling to the Microsoft Research team. Connecting over their shared physics background and vision for molecular simulation, Bishop and Welling explore several fascinating topics, including a future in which machine learning and quantum computing will be used in tandem to model molecules, the power of machine learning to provide “on demand” data in this space, and goals for the first year and beyond at the Amsterdam lab.

Microsoft Research Podcast ‘Machine learning, molecular simulation, and the opportunity for societal good with Chris Bishop and Max Welling’, 20 July 2021.

Read more about the lab and what Max Welling has to say about it.