Microsoft Research Podcast

Microsoft Research Podcast

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

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

Episode 42, September 19, 2018 At the heart of any vibrant research community, you’ll find a diverse range of scientists. You’re also likely to find a robust internship program, like the one at Microsoft Research. This summer, MSR welcomed another stellar group of interns who had the opportunity to learn, collaborate, and network with colleagues and mentors who will impact their lives for years to come. On today’s podcast, you’ll hear the stories of three…

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 is a communication scholar, a Principal Researcher in MSR’s Cambridge, Massachusetts, lab, and something of a cyberculture maven. She’s spent nearly three decades studying how people use communication technologies in their everyday relationships and written several books on the subject. The big take away? Communication technologies may have changed drastically over the years, but human communication itself? Not so much. Today, Dr. Baym shares her insights on…

September 2018

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Ben Cutler MSR Natick

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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Examining the social impacts of artificial intelligence with Dr. Fernando Diaz

Episode 30, June 27, 2018 – Dr. Diaz shares his insights on the kinds of questions we need to be asking about artificial intelligence and its impact on society. He also talks about how algorithms can affect your taste in music, and why now, more than ever, computer science education needs to teach ethics along with algorithms.

June 2018

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Teaching computers to see with Dr. Gang Hua

Episode 28, June 13, 2018 – Dr. Hua talks about how the latest advances in AI and machine learning are making big improvements on image recognition, video understanding and even the arts. He also explains the distributed ensemble approach to active learning, where humans and machines work together in the lab to get computer vision systems ready to see and interpret the open world.

June 2018

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The democratization of data science with Dr. Chris White

Episode 27, June 6, 2018 – Dr. White talks about his “problem-first” approach to research, explains the vital importance of making data understandable for everyone, and shares the story of how a one-week detour from academia turned into an extended tour in Afghanistan, a stint at DARPA, and, eventually, a career at Microsoft Research.

June 2018

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Making intelligence intelligible with Dr. Rich Caruana

Episode 26, May 30, 2018 – Dr. Rich Caruana talks about how the rise of deep neural networks has made understanding machine predictions more difficult for humans, and discusses an interesting class of smaller, more interpretable models that may help to make the black box nature of machine learning more transparent.

May 2018

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