Facebook has started a new research team to work on areas like virtual-reality and augmented-reality content creation, and raided Microsoft’s research labs for its first three hires.

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Facebook has started a new research team to work on areas like virtual-reality and augmented-reality content creation, and raided Microsoft’s research labs for its first three hires.

The social network’s new Seattle-based Computational Photography applied research group website lists Michael Cohen, Rick Szeliski and Matt Uyttendaele. All three were previously at Microsoft Research, working on projects like Hyperlapse, a technology for stabilizing videos, and Blink, which takes a burst of multiple photos to get a good shot.

Uyttendaele’s LinkedIn says he joined Facebook in October, although his page on Microsoft’s research site is still there. When asked about the hires, Menlo Park, Calif.-based Facebook referred to the Web page, and declined to make the new employees available for interviews.

Microsoft confirmed the departures in an emailed statement. The company said its interactive visual media research team is now being run by Larry Zitnick, who Szeliski designated as his successor before leaving.