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Watch the livestream of the 2017 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit—The Edge of AI

July 5, 2017 | By Microsoft blog editor

2017 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit

By Evelyne Viegas, Program Co-Chair of Faculty Summit and Director, Microsoft

We are looking forward to another informative Microsoft Research Faculty Summit (July 17-18, 2017) where this year’s theme is The Edge of AI. The event will consist of keynotes, sessions, panels, and showcased technologies. The summit brings together thought leaders and researchers from a broad range of disciplines including computer science, social sciences, human design and interactions, and policy. Together we will highlight some of the key challenges posed by artificial intelligence, and will identify the next generation of approaches, techniques, and tools that will be needed to develop AI to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.

Microsoft AI researchers are striving to create intelligent machines that complement human reasoning, and amplify human ingenuity with intelligent technology. At the core, is the ability to harness the explosion of digital data and computational power with advanced algorithms that extend the ability for machines to learn, reason, sense and understand—enabling collaborative and natural interactions between machines and humans.

If you aren’t registered to attend in person, you still have an opportunity to watch our keynotes, speakers and, back by popular demand, our special Research in Focus interview segments streamed live beginning July 17, 2017 at 8:30 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7).

Here are just a few highlights of what will be streamed:

  • Opening: AI in the Open World with Eric Horvitz, Microsoft, Technical Fellow and Managing Director
  • Keynote: Smart Enough to Work With Us? Foundations and Challenges for Teamwork-Enabled AI Systems, with Barbara Grosz, Harvard University
  • Research in Focus: Deep Learning Research and the Future of AI, with Yoshua Bengio, University of Montréal
  • Research in Focus: Conversational Agents, with Alan Ritter, Ohio State University, Lucy Vanderwende, Microsoft, Senior Researcher and Jason Williams, Microsoft, Principal Researcher
  • Fireside Chat with Harry Shum, Microsoft, Executive Vice President, and Christopher Bishop, Microsoft, Technical Fellow and Managing Director

Visit for more information and the full virtual event agenda!

We are looking forward to your attendance whether you are registered to attend in-person or virtually.

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