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  1. Learn Artificial Intelligence Skills via Residency at Microsoft

    Harness Machine Learning to Improve People’s Lives At Microsoft, we are committed to leveraging the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to benefit people and greater society. Advances in AI can be applied to address some of the world’s biggest challenges, and so we are keen to nurture the next generation of talent, so they are better prepared to innovate and contribute to multiple areas of AI, including machine learning, planning, and decision making. Microsoft is…

    January 30th, 2018

  2. Computer science researchers discuss the future of AI at Academic Research Summit in India

    Leading computer science researchers from India and around the world gather this week in Hyderabad at the Academic Research Summit 2018 to discuss their vision for the future of artificial intelligence and how India-based computer science researchers can help turn that vision into reality. The Academic Research Summit provides the Indian research community with a common platform to come together and foster collaboration on cutting-edge research. Microsoft Research and the Association for Computing Machinery are…

    January 24th, 2018

  3. Life at the Intersection of AI and Society with Dr. Ece Kamar

    Episode 9, January 24, 2018 - As the reality of artificial intelligence continues to capture our imagination, and critical AI systems enter our world at a rapid pace, Dr. Ece Kamar, a senior researcher in the Adaptive Systems and Interaction Group at Microsoft Research, is working to help us understand AI’s far-reaching implications, both as we use it, and as we build it.

    January 24th, 2018

  4. The Future is Quantum with Dr. Krysta Svore

    Episode 8, January 17, 2018 - If someone mentions quantum computing, and you find yourself outwardly nodding your head, but secretly shaking it, you’re in good company: some of the world’s smartest people admit they don’t really understand it either. Fortunately, some of the world’s other smartest people, like Dr. Krysta Svore, Principal Research Manager of the Microsoft Quantum – or QuArC - group at Microsoft Research in Redmond, actually DO understand quantum computing, and…

    January 17th, 2018

  5. Functional Programming Languages and the Pursuit of Laziness with Dr. Simon Peyton Jones

    Episode 7, January 10, 2018 - When we look at a skyscraper or a suspension bridge, a simple search engine box on a screen looks tiny by comparison. But Dr. Simon Peyton Jones would like to remind us that computer programs, with hundreds of millions of lines of code, are actually among the largest structures human beings have ever built. A principle researcher at the Microsoft Research Lab in Cambridge, England, co-developer of the programming…

    January 10th, 2018

  6. Class of 2018-19 PhD fellows to push frontiers of AI

    Class of 2018-19 PhD fellows to push frontiers of AI By Sandy Blyth A graduate student working on technology that leverages human brain signals to accelerate robot learning and another student who is developing models of human conversations that capture what is explicitly communicated and implicitly conveyed are among the diverse group of ten fellows accepted to the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship Program for the 2018-2019 academic year, Microsoft’s research organization announced on Tuesday. “These…

    January 9th, 2018

  7. How Programming Languages Quietly Run the World with Dr. Ben Zorn

    Episode 6, January 3, 2018 - In an era of AI breakthroughs and other exciting advances in computer science, Dr. Ben Zorn would like to remind us that behind every great technical revolution is… a programming language. As a Principal Researcher and the Co-director of RiSE – or Research in Software Engineering – group at Microsoft Research, Dr. Zorn has dedicated his life to making sure the software that now touches nearly everything in our…

    January 3rd, 2018

  8. Remote memories accessed, and created, at SOSP 2017 in Shanghai, China

    I spend my day working on problems related to transactions and accessing memory on one computer using the computer processing unit, or CPU, of another computer, a technology known as remote direct memory access, or RDMA. While the technology has been around for many years in high-performance computing, it is just now gaining widespread traction in the systems research community as a way to maximize operating efficiency in datacenter networks. For example, at the recent…

    December 22nd, 2017

  9. New Microsoft Pix features let you take bigger, wider pictures and turns your videos into comics

    Microsoft has released two new features with today's update to Microsoft Pix for iOS, an app powered by a suite of intelligent algorithms developed by Microsoft researchers to take the guesswork out of getting beautiful photos and videos. The first of these features, Photosynth, helps create photos that take in more of the perspective or scene you are standing in front of, whether it is wide, tall, or both. It does this by allowing you…

    December 20th, 2017

  10. Visualizing Data and Other Big Ideas with Dr. Steven Drucker

    Episode 5, December 20th, 2017 - In a wide-ranging interview, veteran Microsoft Researcher, Dr. Steven Drucker talks about his work in data visualization, the importance of clear communication in a world of complex algorithms and big data, and the long, slow work of big breakthroughs. He also offers some pro-tips to aspiring researchers, and tells us why stand-up comedy is an important skill for computer scientists.

    December 20th, 2017

  11. Getting Virtual with Dr. Mar Gonzalez Franco

    Episode 4, December 13th, 2017 - On today’s episode, neuroscientist and virtual reality researcher, Dr. Mar Gonzalez Franco, talks about her work in VR, explains how avatars can help increase our empathy and reduce our biases via role play, and addresses the misconceptions that exist between the immersive experiences of virtual reality and psychedelic drugs.

    December 13th, 2017

  12. CodeTalk: Rethinking IDE accessibility

    It is a bright afternoon in the Microsoft Research India lab. Research Fellow, Venkatesh Potluri, sits at his computer, frantically racing against the clock to fix one last bug before the end of the day. The computer blares into his headphones—not music, but a robotic rendition of the code, as Venkatesh uses a program called a screen reader to access applications on his computer. As his hands glide over the keyboard, the computer reads the current…

    December 11th, 2017