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. From blank canvas unfolds a scene: GAN-based model generates and modifies images based on continual linguistic instruction

    When people create, it’s not very often they achieve what they’re looking for on the first try. Creating—whether it be a painting, a paper, or a machine learning model—is a process that has a starting point from which new elements and ideas are added and old ones are modified and discarded, sometimes again and again, until the work accomplishes its intended purpose: to evoke emotion, to convey a message, to complete a task. Since I began my work as a researcher, machine learning systems have…

    October 23rd, 2019

  2. Machine teaching, LUIS and the democratization of custom AI with Dr. Riham Mansour

    Episode 95 | October 16, 2019 - Machine learning is a powerful tool that enables conversational agents to provide general question-answer services. But in domains with more specific taxonomies – or simply for requests that are longer and more complicated than “Play Baby Shark” – custom conversational AI has long been the province of large enterprises with big budgets. But not for long, thanks to the work of Dr. Riham Mansour, a Principal Software Engineering Manager for…

    October 23rd, 2019

  3. A new era of spatial computing brings fresh challenges—and solutions—to VR

    Virtual reality (VR) has continually pushed the boundaries of how we perceive, from its early days of Ivan Sutherland’s Sword of Damocles to today. With the technology emerging from its early stages of bulky equipment tethered to one place out of necessity, researchers now are working with increased possibilities derived from hardware and new input sensors. The result is a unique set of challenges requiring innovative approaches to answering some of the most prevalent questions as far as what VR is capable of, where VR can happen, and how humans are able to experience it.

    October 21st, 2019

  4. News from the front in the post-quantum crypto wars with Dr. Craig Costello

    Episode 94, October 16, 2019 - Dr. Craig Costello is in the business of safeguarding your secrets. And he uses math to do it. A researcher in the Security and Cryptography group at Microsoft Research, Dr. Costello is among a formidable group of code makers (aka cryptographers) who make it their life’s work to protect the internet against adversarial code breakers (aka cryptanalysts), both those that exist today in our classical computing world, and those that will exist in…

    October 16th, 2019

  5. The inner magic behind the Z3 theorem prover

    Z3 has been called magical, but the theorem prover’s success is very much a result of thoughtful design and community support. Researchers Nikolaj Bjørner and Leonardo de Moura explain how a model-based approach powers the SMT solver.

    October 16th, 2019

  6. Data science and ML for human well-being with Jina Suh

    Episode 93, October 9, 2019 - Using technology to help us improve our health is nothing new: a quick web search returns hundreds of apps and devices claiming to help us get fit, quit smoking, master anxiety or just “find our center.” What is new is a serious cohort of researchers exploring how artificial emotional intelligence, or AEI, could help us understand ourselves better and, when used in concert with human caregivers, enhance our well-being.…

    October 9th, 2019

  7. Expanding scene and language understanding with large-scale pre-training and a unified architecture

    Making sense of the world around us is a skill we as human beings begin to learn from an early age. Though there is still much to know about the process, we can see that people learn a lot, both directly and indirectly, from observing and interacting with their environments and other people in them: an uncle points to a shiny red piece of fruit and tells his nephew it’s an apple; a teacher reads…

    October 8th, 2019

  8. MMLSpark: empowering AI for Good with Mark Hamilton

    Episode 92, October 2, 2019 - If someone asked you what snow leopards and Vincent Van Gogh have in common, you might think it was the beginning of a joke. It’s not, but if it were, Mark Hamilton, a software engineer in Microsoft’s Cognitive Services group, budding PhD student and frequent Microsoft Research collaborator, would tell you the punchline is machine learning. More specifically, Microsoft Machine Learning for Apache Spark (MMLSpark for short), a powerful…

    October 2nd, 2019

  9. Microsoft collaborates with SilverCloud Health to develop AI for improved mental health

    One in four of us, at some point in our lives, will be affected by a mental health condition. Good mental health and well-being are fundamental to our general health and quality of life. It enables us to build resilience against everyday stresses, to work productively, to have fulfilling relationships, and to experience life as meaningful. In recent years, the topic of mental health has become a major concern to society due to increases in…

    October 2nd, 2019

  10. Inclusive environments empower big dreams

    Don’t limit yourself. If someone else can do it, you can do it, too. Don’t get comfortable. If doing well is easy, it’s time to challenge yourself. Over the years, these two principles have guided Columbia University PhD student Adji Dieng in her career in AI and machine learning. Dieng, who was a Microsoft Research intern in 2016 and 2017, shared this advice and described her journey from Senegal to Columbia University on a Dean’s…

    October 1st, 2019

  11. Inside AR and VR, a technical tour of the reality spectrum with Dr. Eyal Ofek

    Episode 91, September 25, 2019 - Dr. Eyal Ofek is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research and his work deals mainly with, well, reality. Augmented and virtual reality, to be precise. A serial entrepreneur before he came to MSR, Dr. Ofek knows a lot about the “long nose of innovation” and what it takes to bring a revolutionary new technology to a world that’s ready for it. On today’s podcast, Dr. Ofek talks about the…

    September 25th, 2019