Microsoft Research Podcast

Microsoft Research Podcast

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

Teaching computers to see with Dr. Gang Hua

Episode 28, June 13, 2018 – Dr. Hua talks about how the latest advances in AI and machine learning are making big improvements on image recognition, video understanding and even the arts. He also explains the distributed ensemble approach to active learning, where humans and machines work together in the lab to get computer vision systems ready to see and interpret the open world.

June 2018

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The democratization of data science with Dr. Chris White

Episode 27, June 6, 2018 – Dr. White talks about his “problem-first” approach to research, explains the vital importance of making data understandable for everyone, and shares the story of how a one-week detour from academia turned into an extended tour in Afghanistan, a stint at DARPA, and, eventually, a career at Microsoft Research.

June 2018

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Making intelligence intelligible with Dr. Rich Caruana

Episode 26, May 30, 2018 – Dr. Rich Caruana talks about how the rise of deep neural networks has made understanding machine predictions more difficult for humans, and discusses an interesting class of smaller, more interpretable models that may help to make the black box nature of machine learning more transparent.

May 2018

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Advancing accessibility with Dr. Meredith Ringel Morris

Episode 25, May 23, 2018 – Dr. Morris gives us some fascinating insights into the world of “ability,” talks about how technology is augmenting not only sensory and motor abilities, but cognitive and social abilities as well, and shares how Microsoft, through its AI for Accessibility initiative, is committed to extending the capabilities and enhancing the quality of life for every person on the planet.

May 2018

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Not lost in translation with Arul Menezes

Episode 24, May 16, 2018 – Menezes talks about how the advent of deep learning has enabled exciting advances in machine translation, including applications for people with disabilities, and gives us an inside look at the recent “human parity” milestone at Microsoft Research, where machines translated a news dataset from Chinese to English with the same accuracy and quality as a person.

May 2018

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Clouds, catapults and life after the end of Moore’s Law with Dr. Doug Burger

Episode 23, May 9, 2018 – Dr. Burger talks about how advances in AI and deep machine learning have placed new acceleration demands on current hardware and computer architecture, offers some observations about the demise of Moore’s Law, and shares his vision of what life might look like in a post-CPU, post-von-Neumann computing world.

May 2018

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Machine learning and the incredible flying robot with Dr. Ashish Kapoor

Episode 22, May 2, 2018 – Dr. Kapoor talks about how cutting-edge machine learning techniques are empowering a new generation of autonomous vehicles, and tells us all about AirSim, an innovative platform that’s helping bridge the simulator-to-reality gap, paving the way for safer, more robust real-world AI systems of all kinds.

May 2018

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AI, machine learning and the reasoning machine with Dr. Geoff Gordon

Episode 21, April 25, 2018 – Dr. Gordon gives us a brief history of AI, including his assessment of why we might see a break in the weather-pattern of AI winters, talks about how collaboration is essential to innovation in machine learning, shares his vision of the mindset it takes to tackle the biggest questions in AI, and reveals his life-long quest to make computers less… well, less computer-like.

April 2018

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Getting good VIBEs from your computer with Dr. Mary Czerwinski

Episode 20, April 18, 2018 – In a world where humans are increasingly interacting with AI systems, Dr. Mary Czerwinski, Principal Researcher and Research Manager at Microsoft Research, believes emotions may be fundamental to our interactions with machines. And through her team’s work in affective computing, the quest to bring Artificial Emotional Intelligence – or AEI – to our computers may be closer than we think.

April 2018

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Tales from the Crypt(ography) Lab with Dr. Kristin Lauter

Episode 19, April 11, 2018 – Dr. Lauter tells us why she feels lucky to do math for a living, explains the singular beauty of elliptic curves and the singular difficulty of supersingular isogeny graphs, talks about how homomorphic encryption allows us to operate on, while still protecting, our most sensitive data, and shares her dream of one day, seeing a Grace Hopper-like conference to celebrate women in mathematics.

April 2018

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AI for the Developing World with Dr. Ranveer Chandra

Episode 18, April 4, 2018 – Dr. Chandra talks about how his research may eventually make your wi-fi signal stronger and your battery life longer, but also shares the story of how spending childhood summers with his grandparents in rural India inspired a line of research that could change the face of farming and help meet the food and nutrition needs of a growing global population.

April 2018

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When Psychology Meets Technology with Dr. Daniel McDuff

Episode 17, March 28, 2018 – Dr. McDuff talks about why we need computers to understand us, outlines the pros and cons of designing emotionally sentient agents, explains the technology behind CardioLens, a pair of augmented reality glasses that can take your heartrate by looking at your face, and addresses the challenges of maintaining trust and privacy when we’re surrounded by devices that want to know not just what we’re doing, but how we’re feeling.

March 2018

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