Microsoft Research Podcast

Microsoft Research Podcast

An ongoing series of conversations bringing you right up to the cutting edge of Microsoft Research.

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Diving into Deep InfoMax with Dr. Devon Hjelm

Episode 115 | May 13, 2020 – Dr. Devon Hjelm is a senior researcher at the Microsoft Research lab in Montreal, and on the podcast, he joins me to dive deep into his research on Deep InfoMax, a novel self-supervised learning approach to training AI models – and getting good representations – without human annotation. He also tells us how an interest in neural networks, first human and then machine, led to an inspiring career…

May 2020

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Project Orleans and the distributed database future with Dr. Philip Bernstein

Episode 114 | April 8, 2020 – Forty years ago, database research was an “exotic” field and, because of its business data processing reputation, was not considered intellectually interesting in academic circles. But that didn’t deter Dr. Philip Bernstein, now a Distinguished Scientist in MSR’s Data Management, Exploration and Mining group, and a pioneer in the field. Today, Dr. Bernstein talks about his pioneering work in databases over the years and tells us all about…

April 2020

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An interview with Microsoft President Brad Smith

Episode 113 | April 1, 2020 – Brad Smith is the President of Microsoft and leads a team of more than 1400 employees in 56 countries. He plays a key role in spearheading the company’s work on critical issues involving the intersection of technology and society. In his spare time, he’s also an author! We were fortunate to catch up with Brad who, late on a Friday afternoon, sat down with me in the booth to…

April 2020

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Microsoft’s AI Transformation, Project Turing and smarter search with Rangan Majumder

Episode 112 | March 25, 2020 – Rangan Majumder is the Partner Group Program Manager of Microsoft’s Search and AI, and he has a simple goal: to make the world smarter and more productive. But nobody said simple was easy, so he and his team are working on better – and faster – ways to help you find the information you’re looking for, anywhere you’re looking for it. On the podcast, Rangan talks about how…

March 2020

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Auto ML and the future of self-managing networks with Dr. Behnaz Arzani

Episode 111 | March 18, 2020 – Dr. Behnaz Arzani is a senior researcher in the Mobility and Networking group at MSR, and she feels your pain. At least, that is, if you’re a network operator trying to troubleshoot an incident in a datacenter. Her research is all about getting networks to manage themselves, so your life is as pain-free as possible. On today’s podcast, Dr. Arzani tells us why it’s so hard to identify…

March 2020

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Engineering research to life with Gavin Jancke

Episode 110 | March 11, 2020 – If you want an inside look at how a research idea goes from project to prototype to product, you should hang out with Gavin Jancke for a while. He’s the General Manager of Engineering for MSR Redmond where he created – and runs – the Central Engineering Group. Over the past two decades, he’s overseen more than seven hundred software and hardware engineering projects, from internal MSR innovations…

March 2020

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AI, Azure and the future of healthcare with Dr. Peter Lee

Episode 109 | March 4, 2020 – Over the past decade, the healthcare industry has undergone a series of technological changes in an effort to modernize it and bring it into the digital world, but the call for innovation persists. One person answering that call is Dr. Peter Lee, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Healthcare, a new organization dedicated to accelerating healthcare innovation through AI and cloud computing. Today, Dr. Lee talks about how MSR’s…

March 2020

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Neural architecture search, imitation learning and the optimized pipeline with Dr. Debadeepta Dey

Episode 108 | February 26, 2020 – Dr. Debadeepta Dey is a Principal Researcher in the Adaptive Systems and Interaction group at MSR and he’s currently exploring several lines of research that may help bridge the gap between perception and planning for autonomous agents, teaching them to make decisions under uncertainty and even to stop and ask for directions when they get lost! On the podcast, Dr. Dey talks about how his latest work in…

February 2020

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Democratizing data, thinking backwards and setting North Star goals with Dr. Donald Kossmann

Episode 107 | February 19, 2020 – Dr. Donald Kossmann is a Distinguished Scientist who thinks big, and as the Director of Microsoft Research’s flagship lab in Redmond, it’s his job to inspire others to think big, too. But don’t be fooled. For him, thinking big involves what he calls thinking backwards, a framework of imagining the future, defining progress in reverse order and executing against landmarks along an uncertain path. On the podcast, Dr.…

February 2020

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Microsoft Scheduler and dawn of Intelligent PDAs with Dr. Pamela Bhattacharya

Episode 106 | February 12, 2020 – In a world where productivity is paramount and only a handful of people have personal assistants, many of us are frustrated by the amount of time we spend in meetings, and worse, the amount time we spend planning, scheduling and rescheduling those meetings! Fortunately, Dr. Pamela Bhattacharya, a Principal Applied Scientist in Microsoft’s Outlook group, wants to turn your email into your own personal assistant. And a smart…

February 2020

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Responsible AI with Dr. Saleema Amershi

Episode 105 | February 5, 2020 – There’s an old adage that says if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. But when it comes to AI, Dr. Saleema Amershi, a principal researcher in the Adaptive Systems and Interaction group at Microsoft Research, contends that if you plan to fail, you’re actually more likely to succeed! She’s an advocate of calling failure what it is, getting ahead of it in the AI development cycle…

February 2020

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Going deep on deep learning with Dr. Jianfeng Gao

Episode 104 | January 29, 2020 – Dr. Jianfeng Gao is a veteran computer scientist, an IEEE Fellow and the current head of the Deep Learning Group at Microsoft Research. He and his team are exploring novel approaches to advancing the state-of-the-art on deep learning in areas like NLP, computer vision, multi-modal intelligence and conversational AI. Today, Dr. Gao gives us an overview of the deep learning landscape and talks about his latest work on…

January 2020

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