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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Improving AI Systems with Human Feedback and no Heartburn

    Humans play an indispensable role in many modern AI-enabled services – not just as consumers of the service, but as the actual intelligence behind the artificial intelligence. From news portals to e-commerce websites, it is people’s ratings, clicks, and other interactions which provide a teaching signal used by the underlying intelligent systems to learn. While these human-in-the-loop systems improve through user interaction over time, they must also provide enough short-term benefit to people to be…

    February 8th, 2018

  6. Microsoft researchers unlock the black box of network embedding

    At the ACM Conference on Web Search and Data Mining 2018, my team will introduce research that, for the first time, provides a theoretical explanation of popular methods used to automatically map the structure and characteristics of networks, known as network embedding. We then use this theoretical explanation to present a new network embedding method that performs as well as or better than existing methods. Networks are fundamental ways of representing knowledge and relating to…

    February 7th, 2018

  7. Getting Linked In to Data Science with Dr. Igor Perisic

    Episode 11, February 7, 2018 - Big data is a big deal, and if you follow the popular technical press, you’ll have heard all the metaphors: data is the new oil, the new bacon, the new currency, the new electricity. It’s even been called the new black. While data may not actually be any of these things, we can say this: in today’s networked world, data is increasingly valuable, and it is essential to research,…

    February 7th, 2018

  8. Typing in the Virtual Office Environment: Examining the Effects of Keyboard and Hand Representation in VR

    Much of the hype around Virtual Reality, or VR, has focused on immersive gaming and entertainment, but the technology also has profound implications for enhancing the way we work. Imagine the perfect office environment: multiple large displays, proper lighting, free from distractions and isolated from outside disturbances. VR can be used to generate the ideal virtual office—even from the confines of an airplane seat or a tiny touchdown space.

    February 5th, 2018

  9. New institute explores the future of Cortana

    Today marks the establishment of the Cortana Intelligence Institute – a new, co-funded collaboration between Microsoft Research, Cortana Research and RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, to work on next-generation capabilities for Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana. At Microsoft, we are constantly looking for opportunities to learn from colleagues – both inside and outside of the company. Andrew Shuman, Corporate Vice President of Cortana Engineering, told me that Cortana especially needs this energy because it is such…

    February 1st, 2018

  10. Learn Artificial Intelligence Skills via Residency at Microsoft

    Harness Machine Learning to Improve People’s Lives At Microsoft, we are committed to leveraging the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to benefit people and greater society. Advances in AI can be applied to address some of the world’s biggest challenges, and so we are keen to nurture the next generation of talent, so they are better prepared to innovate and contribute to multiple areas of AI, including machine learning, planning, and decision making. Microsoft is…

    January 30th, 2018

  11. Computer science researchers discuss the future of AI at Academic Research Summit in India

    Leading computer science researchers from India and around the world gather this week in Hyderabad at the Academic Research Summit 2018 to discuss their vision for the future of artificial intelligence and how India-based computer science researchers can help turn that vision into reality. The Academic Research Summit provides the Indian research community with a common platform to come together and foster collaboration on cutting-edge research. Microsoft Research and the Association for Computing Machinery are…

    January 24th, 2018