Microsoft Research Podcast

Microsoft Research Podcast

An ongoing series of conversations bringing you right up to the cutting edge of Microsoft Research.

Bill Buxton

Designing the future with the help of the past with Bill Buxton

Episode 46, October 17, 2018 – In a wide-ranging interview, Bill Buxton explains why Marcel Proust and TS Eliot can be instructive for computer scientists, why the long nose of innovation is essential to success in technology design, why problem-setting is more important than problem-solving, and why we must remember, as we design our technologies, that every technological decision we make is an ethical decision as well.

October 2018

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Leading labs with Dr. Jennifer Chayes

Episode 45, October 10, 2018 – Dr. Chayes shares her passion for the value of undirected inquiry, talks about her unlikely journey from rebel to researcher, and explains how she believes her research philosophy – more botanist than boss – prepares the fertile ground necessary for important, innovative and impactful research.

October 2018

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The Future is Fusion with Asta Roseway podcast

The future is fusion with Asta Roseway

Episode 44, October 3, 2018 – Asta Roseway gives an inside look at one of the most unconventional labs at Microsoft Research. Located at the intersection of science, technology and art, it’s a lab that insists that technology, like art, should push boundaries, tell stories and feed our souls. Get ready for the unexpected because when Asta asks “what if?” you’re likely to find yourself immersed in a world of responsive clothing, smart tattoos, talking…

October 2018

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All about automated machine learning with Dr. Nicolo Fusi

Episode 43, September 26, 2018 – Dr. Nicolo Fusi gives us an inside look at Automated Machine Learning – Microsoft’s version of the industry’s AutoML technology – and shares the story of how an idea he had while working on a gene editing problem with CRISPR/Cas9 turned into a bit of a machine learning side quest and, ultimately, a surprisingly useful instantiation of Automated Machine Learning – now a feature of Azure Machine Learning -…

September 2018

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Internships Ahoy! with Kirsten Bray, Wei Dai and Sara Beery

Episode 42, September 19, 2018 – On today’s podcast, you’ll hear the stories of three of these interns, each of whom came to Microsoft Research from a different field, with a different story and a different perspective, but all of whom share MSR’s passion for finding innovative solutions to the world’s toughest challenges.

September 2018

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Nancy Baym

Playing to the crowd and other social media mandates with Dr. Nancy Baym

Episode 41, September 12, 2018 – Dr. Nancy Baym shares her insights on a host of topics ranging from the arduous maintenance requirements of social media, to the dialectic tension between connection and privacy, to the funhouse mirror nature of emerging technologies. She also talks about her new book, Playing to the Crowd: Musicians, Audiences and the Intimate Work of Connection, which explores how the internet transformed – for better and worse – the relationship…

September 2018

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Putting the cloud under the sea with Ben Cutler

Episode 40, September 5, 2018 – In today’s podcast we find out a bit about what else the Special Projects team is up to, and then we hear all about Project Natick and how Ben and his team conceived of, and delivered on, a novel idea to deal with the increasing challenges of keeping data centers cool, safe, green, and, now, dry as well!

September 2018

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Katja Hofmann

Malmo, Minecraft and machine learning with Dr. Katja Hofmann

Episode 39, August 29, 2018 – Dr. Hofmann talks about her vision of a future where machines learn to collaborate with people and empower them to help solve complex, real-world problems. She also shares the story of how her early years in East Germany, behind the Iron Curtain, shaped her both personally and professionally, and ultimately facilitated a creative, exploratory mindset about computing that informs her work to this day.

August 2018

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Cryptography for the post-quantum world with Dr. Brian LaMacchia

Episode 38, August 22, 2018 You know those people who work behind the scenes to make sure nothing bad happens to you, and if they’re really good, you never know who they are because nothing bad happens to you? Well, meet one of those people. Dr. Brian LaMacchia is a Distinguished Engineer and he heads up the Security and Cryptography Group at Microsoft Research. It’s his job to make sure – using up-to-the-minute math –…

August 2018

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A brief history of networking (and a bit about the future too) with Dr. Victor Bahl

Episode 37, August 15, 2018 – In our first live podcast, Dr. Bahl shares some fascinating stories from his long and illustrious career, gives us an inside look at what’s new in networking, and, explains why, in an industry where it pays to be the smartest person in the room, it’s important to be a world-class listener.

August 2018

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A conversation with Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott

Episode 36, August 8, 2018 – In a wide-ranging interview, Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer, Kevin Scott shares his insights on both the history and the future of computing, talks about how his impulse to celebrate the extraordinary people “behind the tech” led to an eponymous non-profit organization and a podcast, and… reveals the superpower he got when he was in grad school.

August 2018

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Research you can (really) use with Dr. Lenin Ravindranath Sivalingam

Episode 35, August 1, 2018 – Dr. Ravindranath Sivalingam tells us why he is so passionate about what he does, explains how internships can literally change your life, and shares the story of how a hackathon idea turned into a prize-winning project… and then became the backbone of a powerhouse tool for gamers and their fans.

August 2018

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