Microsoft Research Podcast

Microsoft Research Podcast

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

Product Strategist Amos Miller

Soundscaping the world with Amos Miller

Episode 54, December 12, 2018 – Amos Miller is a product strategist on the Microsoft Research NeXT Enable team, and he’s played a pivotal role in bringing some of MSR’s most innovative research to users with disabilities. He also happens to be blind, so he can appreciate, perhaps in ways others can’t, the value of the technologies he works on, like Soundscape, an app which enhances mobility independence through audio and sound.

December 2018

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Chasing convex bodies and other random topics with Dr. Sébastien Bubeck

Episode 53, December 5, 2018 – Dr. Sébastien Bubeck explains the difficulty of the multi-armed bandit problem in the context of a parameter- and data-rich online world. He also discusses a host of topics from randomness and convex optimization to metrical task systems and log n competitiveness to the surprising connection between Gaussian kernels and what he calls some of the most beautiful objects in mathematics.

December 2018

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chris bishop

Machine learning and the learning machine with Dr. Christopher Bishop

Episode 52, November 28, 2018 – Dr. Christopher Bishop talks about the past, present and future of AI research, explains the No Free Lunch Theorem, talks about the modern view of machine learning (or how he learned to stop worrying and love uncertainty), and tells how the real excitement in the next few years will be the growth in our ability to create new technologies not by programming machines but by teaching them to learn.

November 2018

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Ivan Tashev podcast

Hearing in 3D with Dr. Ivan Tashev

Episode 50, November 14, 2018 – Dr. Tashev gives us an overview of the quest for better sound processing and speech enhancement, tells us about the latest innovations in 3D audio, and explains why the research behind audio processing technology is, thanks to variations in human perception, equal parts science, art and craft.

November 2018

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Celebrating 20 years of MSR in Asia with Dr. Hsiao-Wuen Hon

Episode 49, November 7, 2018 – Dr. Hon gives us a brief history of Microsoft Research Asia, from its humble beginnings to its significant role in the AI boom today, talks about Microsoft Research Asia’s unique talent pipeline, shares his vision for the complementary roles of machine intelligence and human wisdom, and explains why, he believes, the more progress we make in AI, the better we understand ourselves.

November 2018

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Karin strauss podcast

Storing digital data in synthetic DNA with Dr. Karin Strauss

Episode 48, October 31, 2018 – Dr. Strauss talks about life at the intersection of computer science and biology which, for many, is more like the intersection of science fiction and science, and explains how the unique properties of DNA could eventually enable us to store really big data in really small places for a really long time.

October 2018

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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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