Microsoft Research Blog

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. An interview with Microsoft President Brad Smith

    Episode 113 | April 1, 2020 - Brad Smith is the President of Microsoft and leads a team of more than 1400 employees in 56 countries. He plays a key role in spearheading the company’s work on critical issues involving the intersection of technology and society. In his spare time, he’s also an author! We were fortunate to catch up with Brad who, late on a Friday afternoon, sat down with me in the booth to…

    April 1st, 2020

  2. Alt text that informs: Meeting the needs of people who are blind or low vision

    Image descriptions are vital to making digital content fully accessible to people who are blind or have low vision. However, as past research has shown, content authors often leave out these descriptions—also known as “alternative text” or “alt text”—for images on the web and on social media, making AI-based vision-to-language services that automatically generate image descriptions particularly important. To learn more about the design requirements for AI systems to create useful descriptions, our research team…

    March 31st, 2020

  3. Extending the reach of care: Tending to patients using chat app technology

    According to a report released by World Bank and the World Health Organization in 2017, there are nearly 4 billion people worldwide, that’s half of the world population, who lack access to essential healthcare. Although delivering high-quality patient-centered care is at the heart of good healthcare, this is no easy task due to both cost and scalability. Having good communication between providers and patients is vital to quality of care and ideal healthcare outcomes. However, it…

    March 30th, 2020

  4. Microsoft Rocketbox avatar library now available for research and academic use

    Virtual reality technology has become popular in recent years thanks to the availability of more affordable systems. Today, we can put on a head-mounted display and find ourselves in a completely different world, a virtual one in which the more we explore, the more new environments we can see and hear. However, how real a VR experience feels is quite dependent on our sense of self—and others—in the virtual world we have entered, an awareness…

    March 30th, 2020

  5. Microsoft ElectionGuard—enabling voters to verify that their votes are correctly counted webinar

    April 16, 2020 10:00 AM (PT) - In this webinar with Dr. Josh Benaloh, Senior Principal Cryptographer at Microsoft Research, learn how the ElectionGuard technology works and how anyone can write an independent verifier that processes all of the artifacts produced by ElectionGuard. Specifically, understand how verifiers can either confirm that the announced tallies are fully consistent with the recorded votes or identify specific inconsistencies that should be addressed. Finally, examine how ElectionGuard uses techniques…

    March 26th, 2020

  6. Microsoft’s AI Transformation, Project Turing and smarter search with Rangan Majumder

    Episode 112 | March 25, 2020 - Rangan Majumder is the Partner Group Program Manager of Microsoft’s Search and AI, and he has a simple goal: to make the world smarter and more productive. But nobody said simple was easy, so he and his team are working on better – and faster – ways to help you find the information you’re looking for, anywhere you’re looking for it. On the podcast, Rangan talks about how…

    March 25th, 2020

  7. Data-driven insights for more effective, personalized care in online mental health interventions

    Increases in the occurrence and global effect of mental illness have made the prevention and treatment of mental health problems a public health priority. To address the need for more access to mental health treatment, digital psychotherapy programs, such as internet-delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (iCBT), have evolved and have achieved clinical outcomes comparable to traditional face-to-face therapy when it comes to meeting the needs of clients who are experiencing mental health problems. However, to attain…

    March 24th, 2020

  8. Coyote: Making it easier for developers to build reliable asynchronous software

    For developers, writing bug-free software that doesn’t crash is getting difficult in an increasingly competitive world where software needs to ship before it becomes obsolete. This challenge is especially apparent with online cloud services, which are often dictated by aggressive shipping deadlines. Cloud services are distributed programs comprising multiple back-end systems that continuously exchange asynchronous signals while responding to incoming web requests. They are complex by nature, hard to get right, and require protection from…

    March 23rd, 2020

  9. Auto ML and the future of self-managing networks with Dr. Behnaz Arzani

    Episode 111 | March 18, 2020 - Dr. Behnaz Arzani is a senior researcher in the Mobility and Networking group at MSR, and she feels your pain. At least, that is, if you’re a network operator trying to troubleshoot an incident in a datacenter. Her research is all about getting networks to manage themselves, so your life is as pain-free as possible. On today’s podcast, Dr. Arzani tells us why it’s so hard to identify…

    March 18th, 2020

  10. Training deep control policies for the real world

    Humans subconsciously use perception-action loops to do just about everything, from walking down a crowded sidewalk to scoring a goal in a community soccer league. Perception-action loops—using sensory input to decide on appropriate action in a continuous real time loop —are at the heart of autonomous systems. Although this tech has advanced dramatically in the ability to use sensors and cameras to reason about control actions, the current generation of autonomous systems are still nowhere…

    March 17th, 2020

  11. Designing computer vision algorithms to describe the visual world to people who are blind or low vision webinar

    March 26, 2020 10:00 AM (PT) - In this webinar with Dr. Danna Gurari, Assistant Professor in the School of Information at University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Ed Cutrell, Senior Principal Researcher in the Microsoft Research Ability Group, learn how computer vision researchers are working to create vision systems adapted to the needs of those who use them. By creating new dataset challenges, the researchers aim to empower the artificial intelligence community to…

    March 11th, 2020

  12. Engineering research to life with Gavin Jancke

    Episode 110 | March 11, 2020 - If you want an inside look at how a research idea goes from project to prototype to product, you should hang out with Gavin Jancke for a while. He’s the General Manager of Engineering for MSR Redmond where he created – and runs – the Central Engineering Group. Over the past two decades, he’s overseen more than seven hundred software and hardware engineering projects, from internal MSR innovations…

    March 11th, 2020