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The Microsoft Research blog provides in-depth views and perspectives from our researchers, scientists and engineers, plus information about noteworthy events and conferences, scholarships, and fellowships designed for academic and scientific communities.

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  1. The future of productivity: People and tools that grow together

    Computers are disappearing. This doesn’t mean they’re actually going away, though. In fact, every day more and more of how we live, work, and interact is transformed by computers. But it does mean that technology has become so ubiquitous in recent years that our focus can now shift from our computers to what they enable us to do. Because computing is increasingly embedded in the world around us, it’s starting to help us in new…

    July 17th, 2019

  2. Making the future of work work for you with Dr. Johannes Gehrke

    Episode 83, July 17, 2019- Dr. Johannes Gehrke is a Microsoft Technical Fellow and head of Architecture and Machine Learning for the Intelligent Communications and Conversations Cloud in Microsoft’s Experiences and Devices division. But lest you think his lofty position makes him in any way superior to you, let me tell you, he knows who works for whom, and he’ll be the first to tell you that you are his boss! On today’s podcast, Dr.…

    July 17th, 2019

  3. Leveraging blockchain to make machine learning models more accessible

    Significant advances are being made in artificial intelligence, but accessing and taking advantage of the machine learning systems making these developments possible can be challenging, especially for those with limited resources. These systems tend to be highly centralized, their predictions are often sold on a per-query basis, and the datasets required to train them are generally proprietary and expensive to create on their own. Additionally, published models run the risk of becoming outdated if new…

    July 12th, 2019

  4. The brave new world of cloud-scale systems and networking with Dr. Lidong Zhou

    Episode 82, June 26, 2019- If you’re like me, you’re no longer amazed by how all your technologies can work for you. Rather, you’ve begun to take for granted that they simply should work for you. Instantly. All together. All the time. The fact that you’re not amazed is a testimony to the work that people like Dr. Lidong Zhou, Assistant Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia, do every day. He oversees some of the…

    June 26th, 2019

  5. Microsoft makes AI debugging and visualization tool TensorWatch open source

    The rise of deep learning is accompanied by ever-increasing model complexity, larger datasets, and longer training times for models. When working on novel concepts, researchers often need to understand why training metrics are trending the way they are. So far, the available tools for machine learning training have focused on a “what you see is what you log” approach. As logging is relatively expensive, researchers and engineers tend to avoid it and rely on a…

    June 25th, 2019

  6. Introducing MASS – A pre-training method that outperforms BERT and GPT in sequence to sequence language generation tasks

    Editor’s note: Since 2018, pre-training has without a doubt become one of the hottest research topics in Natural Language Processing (NLP). By leveraging generalized language models like the BERT, GPT and XLNet, great breakthroughs have been achieved in natural language understanding. However, in sequence to sequence based language generation tasks, the popular pre-training methods have not achieved significant improvements. Now, researchers from Microsoft Research Asia have introduced MASS—a new pre-training method that achieves better results…

    June 23rd, 2019

  7. Game on with Dr. Chris Bishop and Phil Spencer

    Episode 81, June 19, 2019- Dr. Chris Bishop is a Microsoft Technical Fellow and director of MSR Cambridge, where he oversees an impressive portfolio of research including machine learning, AI, healthcare and gaming. Phil Spencer is the Executive Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft where he oversees everything from the design of the next Xbox console to the creation and release of blockbuster properties like Halo, Gears of War and Forza Motorsport. These two powerhouse…

    June 19th, 2019

  8. See what we mean – Visually grounded natural language navigation is going places

    How do humans communicate efficiently? The common belief is that the words humans use to communicate – such as dog, for instance – invoke similar understanding of the physical concepts. Indeed, there exists a common conception about the physical appearance of a dog, the sounds dogs make, how they walk or run, and so on. In other words, natural language is tied to how humans interact with their environment. As a result, meaning emerges through…

    June 18th, 2019

  9. A picture from a dozen words – A drawing bot for realizing everyday scenes—and even stories

    If you were asked to draw a picture of several people in ski gear, standing in the snow, chances are you’d start with an outline of three or four people reasonably positioned in the center of the canvas, then sketch in the skis under their feet. Though it was not specified, you might decide to add a backpack to each of the skiers to jibe with expectations of what skiers would be sporting. Finally, you’d…

    June 17th, 2019

  10. Envisioning privacy preserving image-based localization for augmented reality

    New camera localization technology for sensitive environments can keep images and map data confidential Advances in augmented reality (AR) and mobile robotics promise to revolutionize how we see and interact with our physical world in the future. Today, AR and mixed reality (MR) devices, in both smart phone or eyeglass form factors, superimpose digital content relating to the world around us. To accomplish this, MR devices need to know their precise location in relation to…

    June 13th, 2019

  11. HELP! Training assistive indoor agents to ask for assistance via imitation learning

    Today people use personal digital assistants for help with scheduling, playing music, turning on or adjusting other devices, and answering basic questions such as “What time’s the game on?” or “Where’s the nearest hardware store?” But what if these assistants could do more to help us in our daily lives? Imagine it’s 10 p.m., and you’ve just settled in for some much-needed sleep when you’re jolted awake by a single thought: Did I leave the…

    June 12th, 2019

  12. All Data AI with Dr. Andrew Fitzgibbon

    Episode 80, June 12, 2019 - You may not know who Dr. Andrew Fitzgibbon is, but if you’ve watched a TV show or movie in the last two decades, you’ve probably seen some of his work. An expert in 3D computer vision and graphics, and head of the new All Data AI group at Microsoft Research Cambridge, Dr. Fitzgibbon was instrumental in the development of Boujou, an Emmy Award-winning 3D camera tracker that lets filmmakers…

    June 12th, 2019