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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.

Real world interactive learning at cusp of enabling new class of applications

By Alekh Agarwal and John Langford, Microsoft Research New York Clicks on Microsoft’s news website MSN.com increased 26 percent when a machine-learning system based on contextual-bandit algorithms was deployed in January 2016 to personalize news articles for individual users. The same real world interactive learning technology is now available as a Microsoft Cognitive Service called the Custom Decision Service as well as via open source on GitHub. The core contextual-bandit algorithms are also available from…

August 2017

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Microsoft Computational Network Toolkit offers most efficient distributed deep learning computational performance

By Xuedong Huang, Chief Speech Scientist, Microsoft Xuedong Huang (Photo by Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures) For more than 20 years, Microsoft has invested in advanced speech recognition research and development. It’s great to see the return on that investment in products and services such as Windows Cortana, Skype Translator, and Project Oxford Speech APIs. Microsoft researchers pioneered using deep neural networks for speech recognition, and earlier this year, our speech researchers shared our deep learning…

December 2015

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Finding a community: Women in Machine Learning workshop celebrates 10th year

By Allison Linn, Senior Writer, Microsoft Research When Hanna Wallach learned that Jenn Wortman Vaughan also would be attending a major machine learning conference a decade ago, she was happy just to have another woman to share a hotel room with. A conversation in that hotel room sparked an idea: What if we held an entire workshop devoted just to the tiny community of women in machine learning? “We really wanted to showcase the amazing…

December 2015

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Top student research recognized at ACM banquet

Students dream of attending major conferences, where they can present their work and interact with top researchers. For many, however, this dream remains just that, as funds for student attendance are in short supply. Microsoft Research receives many requests to fund conferences each year, and organizers continually tell us that their most pressing need is funding for student travel. We recognize that students are the next generation, ensuring the ongoing vitality of computer science and…

June 2015

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Innovative curriculum prepares future problem-solvers in Korea

As described during a press conference on April 23, Yonsei University and Microsoft Research have joined hands to develop the first computational thinking (CT) curriculum in Korea. Designed to nurture innovation and problem-solving, the curriculum aims to prepare talented students to employ computational thinking for the betterment of society. Students at Yonsei’s International Campus at Songdo will be the first beneficiaries of the CT classes, which will begin in the 2015–2016 school year.  Speakers at…

June 2015

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Z3 wins 2015 ACM SIGPLAN Award

On Monday, June 15, Microsoft Research’s Z3 theorem prover received the 2015 ACM SIGPLAN Programming Languages Software Award. This prestigious award honors an institution or individuals for “developing a software system that has had a lasting influence, reflected in contributions to concepts, in commercial acceptance, or both.” The announcement took place during PLDI 2015, the annual ACM SIGPLAN conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation. Z3’s lead developers—Nikolaj Bjorner, Leonardo de Moura and Christoph Wintersteiger,…

June 2015

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Microsoft researcher wins prestigious computer graphics award for hyperlapse and other work

Posted by Allison Linn Microsoft researcher Johannes Kopf Johannes Kopf, a Microsoft researcher who specializes in computer graphics and was key to the development of Microsoft Hyperlapse, has been awarded the 2015 ACM SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award. The award honors early career researchers, and past recipients have generally gone on to become leaders in computer graphics research. "It is an indicator of somebody becoming one of the stars in the field," said Richard Szeliski, a…

June 2015

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Microsoft researchers tie for best image captioning technology

Posted by Allison Linn Researchers representing Microsoft and Google will present their latest advances Friday in automated image captioning, a hot field that could have broad implications for artificial intelligence. The researchers will be speaking at a workshop that is part of CVPR, an annual conference on the most cutting-edge advances in computer vision research. The workshop is highlighting the winners of several image-related challenges. The two companies’ research groups tied for first place in…

June 2015

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Baym updates ‘Personal Connections’ with new research insights on communicating in the digital age

Posted by George Thomas Jr. Microsoft researcher Nancy Baym Whether technology will diminish the intimacy of interpersonal relationships or in some way negatively impact humanity is an age-old concern. Opinions on the matter are as robust as the technological leaps occurring ever more rapidly in our history. But opinion can't trump research. It's been just five years since Microsoft's Nancy Baym (@nancybaym) published her research on the subject in Personal Connections in the Digital Age,…

May 2015

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Celebrating the first Microsoft Research Korea • Japan Academic Day

Looking out the windows of Microsoft Korea’s headquarters, I enjoy a magnificent sight: Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul’s most recognizable landmark, which spreads below me in its centuries-old splendor. Another inspiring sight adorns the office walls around me: posters describing research projects from Korea and Japan, each project a result of the researchers’ collaboration with Microsoft Research. These posters are tangible reminders that we are celebrating the first Microsoft Research Korea • Japan Academic Day. View from…

May 2015

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Collaborating to improve efficiency of the cloud in the increasingly connected world of big data

Posted by George Thomas Jr. The cloud is getting crowded. As more and more devices connect to the Internet and more and more data flows to and from the cloud, the networking fabric once deemed sufficient to handle such traffic quickly is getting stretched. In 2013 alone, the total Internet bandwidth crossing international borders was 100 terabytes per second, according to TeleGeography's recent Global Internet Geography report. And even as fiber network capacity increases, so,…

May 2015

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From the boardroom to the operating room: Making human-computer interaction for an era of more personal computing

Posted by Allison Linn A summary of Microsoft researchers' papers from CHI 2015 are listed below. About 70 Microsoft researchers are traveling this week to ACM CHI 2015, the premiere conference on human-computer interaction, to present research results and tools that can do everything from create an interactive, 3D map of your neighborhood to simply deliver you better web search results. Microsoft’s researchers will be presenting papers, participating on panels, organizing the doctoral consortium and…

April 2015

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