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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. Workshop yields concrete AI solutions for advancing societal good

    Artificial intelligence has made tremendous strides in recent years, but oftentimes, its potential to help tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues is overshadowed by concerns and misunderstandings surrounding this growing technology. To focus on AI’s potential for enabling social good, Microsoft Research India, in collaboration with the University of Southern California Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society, organized and hosted a two-day “AI and Societal Good” workshop on September 24–25 at Microsoft Research India’s…

    October 10th, 2018

  2. Leading labs with Dr. Jennifer Chayes

    Episode 45, October 10, 2018 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of Microsoft Research New England in Cambridge, Massachusetts, so it’s the perfect time to talk with someone who was there from the lab’s beginning: Technical Fellow, Managing Director and Co-founder, Dr. Jennifer Chayes. But not only does Dr. Chayes run the New England lab of Microsoft Research, she also directs two other highly renowned, interdisciplinary research labs in New York City and Montreal, Quebec. Add…

    October 10th, 2018

  3. Microsoft Research presents its latest advances in computer systems at OSDI 2018

    Researchers from Microsoft Research will present their latest advances in computer systems at the USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation 2018 — the biennial flagship conference for systems research — October 8–10 in Carlsbad, California. These advances cover a broad spectrum of topics, as evident by the number of papers coauthored by researchers from Microsoft Research, which constitutes about a quarter of the conference’s technical program. These papers will be presented in nine…

    October 5th, 2018

  4. The Microsoft Infer.NET machine learning framework goes open source

    It isn’t every day that one gets to announce that one of the top-tier cross-platform frameworks for model-based machine learning is open to one and all worldwide. We’re extremely excited today to open source Infer.NET on GitHub under the permissive MIT license for free use in commercial applications. Open sourcing Infer.NET represents the culmination of a long and ambitious journey. Our team at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK embarked on developing the framework back in…

    October 5th, 2018

  5. The future is fusion with Asta Roseway

    Episode 44, October 3, 2018 Asta Roseway has a formal title. It’s Principal Research Designer in the HCI group at Microsoft Research. But she’s also been described as a conductor, an alchemist, a millennial in a Gen-Xer’s body and, in her own words, a fusionist. What’s a fusionist, you might ask? Well, you’re about to find out. On today’s podcast, Asta gives an inside look at one of the most unconventional labs at Microsoft Research.…

    October 3rd, 2018

  6. SPACER and Z3: Accessible, reliable model checking as theorem proving

    “How can one check a routine in the sense of making sure that it is right?” asked Alan Turing in 1949, foreshadowing the science of program proving decades before it became a formally accepted field of computer science. Program proving, model checking, theorem solving – this is the terminology occupying the research space of computer science devoted to making sure programs work correctly. In the years since Turing theorized its necessity, the calculus of computation…

    October 2nd, 2018

  7. Reflections – the Grace Hopper Conference past and present

    This year I will be attending the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC), where I will be part of a panel discussion on the topic, “Will Artificial Intelligence Eliminate Accessibility Barriers?” (at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 26th). I’ve attended GHC three times in the past, but I must admit I am simultaneously excited and nervous about the projected attendance of 20,000 people this year! The first time I attended GHC was eighteen years…

    September 26th, 2018

  8. All about automated machine learning with Dr. Nicolo Fusi

    Episode 43, September 26, 2018 You may have heard the phrase, necessity is the mother of invention, but for Dr. Nicolo Fusi, a researcher at the Microsoft Research lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the mother of his invention wasn’t so much necessity as it was boredom: the special machine learning boredom of manually fine-tuning models and hyper-parameters that can eat up tons of human and computational resources, but bring no guarantee of a good result. His…

    September 26th, 2018

  9. Internships Ahoy! with Kirsten Bray, Wei Dai and Sara Beery

    Episode 42, September 19, 2018 At the heart of any vibrant research community, you’ll find a diverse range of scientists. You’re also likely to find a robust internship program, like the one at Microsoft Research. This summer, MSR welcomed another stellar group of interns who had the opportunity to learn, collaborate, and network with colleagues and mentors who will impact their lives for years to come. On today’s podcast, you’ll hear the stories of three…

    September 19th, 2018

  10. Playing to the crowd and other social media mandates with Dr. Nancy Baym

    Episode 41, September 12, 2018 Dr. Nancy Baym is a communication scholar, a Principal Researcher in MSR’s Cambridge, Massachusetts, lab, and something of a cyberculture maven. She’s spent nearly three decades studying how people use communication technologies in their everyday relationships and written several books on the subject. The big take away? Communication technologies may have changed drastically over the years, but human communication itself? Not so much. Today, Dr. Baym shares her insights on…

    September 12th, 2018

  11. Deep Learning Indaba 2018: Strengthening African machine learning

    At the 30th conference on Neural Information Processing in 2016, one of the world’s foremost gatherings on machine learning, there was not a single accepted paper from a researcher at an African institution. In fact, for the last decade, the entire African continent has been absent from the contemporary machine learning landscape. The following year, a group of researchers set out to change this, founding a world-class machine learning conference that would strengthen African machine…

    September 10th, 2018

  12. Computer Vision at Microsoft: Uniting fundamental research and industry-defining products

    Microsoft is very proud to be a diamond sponsor of ECCV 2018 and we’re in Munich, Germany from September 8-14 with the global computer vision community to share our research and to learn from our fellow contributors. At Microsoft, in parallel with fundamental research, we build products. Our software products, like Visual Studio, PowerPoint and Linux on Windows are used every day by computer vision researchers and engineers. Hardware products, like Surface, Xbox, and HoloLens,…

    September 7th, 2018