Microsoft Research Blog

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.

  1. 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 28th, 2018

  2. Hyperscale cloud reliability and the art of organic collaboration

    What does it take to build one of the most reliable hyperscale clouds on the planet? It clearly requires astronomical investments and a vast organization that operates at global scale in near seamless coordination. Yet the breakthroughs that fuel this story emerged organically, from a combination of innovation and mentoring relationships that grew into close friendships, and initiative taking—recognizing and seizing opportunities regardless of where they existed in an organization. We will take a look…

    November 20th, 2018

  3. Challenge accepted—MARLÖ competition among conference highlights

    With the latest Project Malmo competition, we’re calling on researchers and engineers to test the limits of their thinking as it pertains to artificial intelligence, particularly multi-task, multi-agent reinforcement learning. Last week, a group of attendees at the 14th Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE'18) participated in a one-day workshop featuring the competition, exchanging ideas on the unique challenges of the research area with some of the field’s leading minds. Learning to…

    November 19th, 2018

  4. 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 14th, 2018

  5. Microsoft AirSim now available on Unity

    At Microsoft, we have a vision and passion to bring artificial intelligence solutions to real-world systems using the power of simulation. We continually strive to accelerate AI advances with the use of realistic simulators, tools, and environments. Today we are excited to announce AirSim availability on Unity.  AirSim developers will be able to leverage the Unity platform and ecosystem when building, training and evaluating autonomous systems in a simulated environment designed for AI. What is…

    November 14th, 2018

  6. 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 7th, 2018

  7. Growing a generation of computer scientists – Microsoft Research Asia at 20 and going beyond technical achievement

    Microsoft Research Asia celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and the milestone provided an occasion for many in the industry to reflect on an amazing journey, one not only replete with excellence and technological achievement, but also significant in its profound influence as it cultivated a generation of computer scientists and engineers, catalyzed collaboration between education and industry throughout China and grew as an indispensable bridge that has brought the Asia region and the world…

    November 6th, 2018

  8. Cracking code-mixing — an important step in making human-computer interaction more engaging

    Communication is a large part of who we are as human beings, and today, technology has allowed us to communicate in new ways and to audiences much larger and wider than ever before. That technology has assumed single-language speech, which — quite often — does not reflect the way people naturally speak. India, like many other parts of the world, is multilingual on a societal level with most people speaking two or more languages. I…

    November 1st, 2018

  9. Encouraging developers and manufacturers to innovate with Eye Control

    Eye Control is an exciting technology in Windows 10 that allows customers to use their eyes to control an on-screen mouse, keyboard and text-to-speech experience. This is a technology that empowers people with limited mobility such as people living with ALS. As part of the National Disability Employer Awareness Month (NDEAM), Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella has shared a demo video showing the capabilities enabled by the APIs (Application Programming Interface) associated with the Eye Control.…

    October 31st, 2018

  10. 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 31st, 2018

  11. Peeking into the future of mobile systems

    Mobile computing and communications have transformed the world over the past decade in ways scarcely imaginable. What exciting advances does the future hold in store? The aptly named MobiCom conference, the flagship conference of Association for Computing Machinery SIGMOBILE, is the place where the research community gathers each year to discuss cutting-edge research and to peek into the future. MobiCom 2018 will be held in New Delhi – the first time in its 24-year history…

    October 29th, 2018

  12. Data Science Summer School students take a fresh look at the world’s largest rapid transit system

    This month marked the 5th anniversary of the Microsoft Research Data Science Summer School (DS3). DS3 is an intensive, eight-week hands-on introduction to data science for college students in the New York City area committed to increasing diversity in computer science. The program is taught by leading scientists at Microsoft Research and is held at the Microsoft Research New York City lab. Each year the program receives upwards of 200 applications, out of which only…

    October 26th, 2018