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  1. Building Literate Machines with Dr. Adam Trischler

    Episode 16, March 21, 2018 - Dr. Trischler talks about his dream of making literate machines, his efforts to design meta-learning algorithms that can actually learn to learn, the importance of what he calls “few-shot learning” in that meta-learning process, and how, through a process of one-to-many mapping in machine learning, our computers not may not only be answering our questions, but asking them as well.

    March 21st, 2018

  2. SwiftKey 7.0: A big change under a small ‘+’

    Last week’s rollout of SwiftKey 7.0 is the intelligent keyboard app’s biggest update since joining Microsoft in April 2016. Available on both Android and iOS, SwiftKey 7.0 debuts Toolbar, an expandable menu found under a new '+' sign on the left of your prediction bar that gives you fast and easy access to both new and existing features. For Android users, Toolbar will replace the existing Hub. Tapping on the '+' will reveal not only…

    March 20th, 2018

  3. Microsoft Pix’s AI gets even smarter, Business Card feature works with LinkedIn to make it easier than ever to manage your contacts

    Today's update from Microsoft debuts a new feature for its intelligent camera app, Microsoft Pix, that works with LinkedIn, showcasing the productivity capabilities of the AI-powered camera. The new Business Card feature for iPhones makes it quick and easy for you to add contacts, not only to your iPhone's address book but also to your LinkedIn account. To use, simply open Pix and point your iPhone at a contact's business card. Microsoft Pix automatically detects…

    March 9th, 2018

  4. Touching the Virtual: How Microsoft Research is Making Virtual Reality Tangible

    “Ask yourself how you really want to interact with virtual objects? The simple answer is that we want to handle them as if they are real, just reach out a hand to grasp them, pick them up, feel what they’re made of, and do all that in a natural way that requires no learning.” said Mike Sinclair, principal researcher at Microsoft Research’s Redmond, WA labs. Sinclair is part of a team of talented researchers at…

    March 8th, 2018

  5. Brokering Peace Talks in the Networking and Storage Arms Race with Dr. Anirudh Badam

    Episode 15, March 7, 2018 - Dr. Badam discusses the historic trade-offs between volatile and non-volatile memory, shares how software-defined batteries are changing the power-supply landscape, talks about how his research is aiming for the trifecta of speed, cost and capacity in new memory technologies, and reminds us, once again, how one good high school physics teacher can inspire the next generation of scientific discovery.

    March 7th, 2018

  6. Keeping an Eye on AI with Dr. Kate Crawford

    Episode 14, February 28, 2018 - Today, Dr. Crawford talks about both the promises and the problems of AI; why— when it comes to data – bigger isn’t necessarily better; and how – even in an era of increasingly complex technological advances – we can adopt AI design principles that empower people to shape their technical tools in ways they’d like to use them most.

    February 28th, 2018

  7. Machine Learning and the InnerEye for Cancer Treatment with Dr. Antonio Criminisi

    Episode 13, February 21, 2018 - Today, Dr. Criminisi talks about Project InnerEye, an innovative machine learning tool that helps radiologists identify and analyze 3-D images of cancerous tumors. He also gives us some insight into his work on deep neural decision forests and tells us how gaming algorithms made their way into medical technology, moving from gamer to patient, and turning outside-in imaging… inside-out.

    February 21st, 2018

  8. RAVEN: Reducing Power Consumption of Mobile Games without Compromising User Experience

    In the last decade, mobile gaming has grown into a huge industry. According to Newzoo, the global mobile games market will reach $46.1 billion in 2017, a 19.4% increase from the year before. Players can enjoy amazing gaming experience on mobile devices due to the increasingly powerful processing capability of modern mobile GPUs. However, such gaming experience comes at a big cost: power consumption. The power consumption of mobile GPUs linearly increases with the amount…

    February 20th, 2018

  9. Give your dissertation a boost with a grant from Microsoft Research

    Need funding to clear a hurdle in the final stages of your dissertation research? Microsoft Research is offering grants of up to US $25,000 to help a select group of doctoral students cross the finish line and enter the workforce. The Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant is for PhD students at U.S. and Canadian universities from underrepresented groups in computing, including women, African-Americans/Blacks, Latinos, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders and/or people with disabilities. The program…

    February 15th, 2018

  10. Code in the Classroom with Dr. Peli de Halleux

    Episode 12, February 15th, 2018 - If you’ve ever wondered if you could find the perfect combination of computer scientist… and Macgyver, look no further than Dr. Peli de Halleux, principal Research Software Design Engineer at Microsoft Research. A key member of the MSR RiSE team, Peli is part of the MakeCode initiative that brings physical computing to classrooms around the country and around the world. Today, Peli talks about the Maker Movement in K-12…

    February 15th, 2018

  11. I Chose STEM – Event Recap

    Earlier this week Microsoft Research Montreal celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with a one-day symposium: I Chose STEM. More than 200 Canadian STEM students and research community stakeholders joined Microsoft Research for inspirational keynotes, workshops and dynamic conversations that explored careers in research and the future of women in research. In the words of Microsoft Research Technical Fellow and Managing Research Director Jennifer Chayes, “It’s…

    February 14th, 2018

  12. The women who inspire women to pursue careers in STEM

    Halfway through college, I had an identity crisis. Spring was in the air in Hanover, New Hampshire, and my classmates were gearing up for Dartmouth's famed Sophomore Summer term. Most of them would spend much of this term tubing down the Connecticut River, or hiking, or cycling to Dartmouth’s organic farm. But not me. Something was missing from my intellectual life. I was an English major and loved what I was learning, but felt I…

    February 12th, 2018