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  1. On left, text reads ORBIT benchmark dataset: 77 blind and low-vision collectors, 486 objects, 3822 videos, and 2687934 frames. On right, a graphic of a face mask with a line that connects to a picture of a cloth mask with a black and white zig-zag pattern. The line reads seven to eight videos per object. Below the face mask graphic, there are three yellow objects resembling a watering can, a key, and a comb. A line next to these reads two to ten objects per user. The objects are falling into a green bucket, with a line to the right of the bucket that reads user’s bucket.

    Announcing the ORBIT dataset: Advancing real-world few-shot learning using teachable object recognition

    Object recognition systems have made spectacular advances in recent years, but they rely on training datasets with thousands of high-quality, labelled examples per object category. Learning new objects from only a few examples could open the door to many new applications. For example, robotics manufacturing…

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  1. chart: CTDC global dataset on victims of trafficking

    Real-world evidence and the path from data to impact

    From the intense shock of the COVID-19 pandemic to the effects of climate change, our global society has never faced greater risk. The Societal Resilience team at Microsoft Research was established in recognition of this risk and tasked with developing open technologies that enable a scalable response in times of crisis. And just as we think about scalability in a holistic…
    September 23, 2021 by Darren Edge and Jonathan Larson
  2. Technical diagram of MEB model. MEB is a sparse neural network model composed of an input layer taking in binary features, a feature embedding layer transforming each binary feature into a 15-dimension vector, a sum pooling layer applied on each of 49 feature groups and concatenated to produce a 735-dimension vector, which is then passed through two dense layers to produce a click probability. Features shown in this figure are generated from the example query “Microsoft Windows” and document www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows.

    Make Every feature Binary: A 135B parameter sparse neural network for massively improved search relevance

    Recently, Transformer-based deep learning models like GPT-3 have been getting a lot of attention in the machine learning world. These models excel at understanding semantic relationships, and they have contributed to large improvements in Microsoft Bing’s search experience and surpassing human performance on the SuperGLUE…
    August 4, 2021 by Junyan Chen, Frédéric Dubut, Jason (Zengzhong) Li, and Rangan Majumder