Microsoft Research AI Breakthroughs 2020

Microsoft Research AI Breakthroughs 2020


Please join us at Microsoft Research’s invitation-only AI Breakthroughs workshop. This is a unique event dedicated to discussing the most exciting research breakthroughs in AI with, you, the best and brightest PhD students and Postdoc researchers.

This two-day virtual workshop provides a great opportunity to engage with and discuss the future of AI with other top students and Microsoft researchers and to learn about the research we’re doing in AI.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Time (PDT) Session Speaker
9:00 AM-9:15 AM Welcome Portrait of Sean Andrist
Portrait of Daniel McDuff
Sean Andrist

Daniel McDuff

9:15 AM-9:45 AM Fireside Chat | Video Portrait of Johannes Gehrke Johannes Gehrke, Technical Fellow & Managing Director, Research at Redmond
9:45 AM-10:00 AM Break
10:00 AM-12:00 PM 20 minute research talks + Q&A panel | Video Portrait of Debadeepta Dey
Portrait of Subho Mukherjee
Portrait of Jina Suh
Portrait of Alekh Agarwal
Debadeepta Dey: Efficient Forward Neural Architecture Search

Subho Mukherjee: Resource-efficient Learning for Neural Language Understanding at Scale

5 minute break

Jina Suh: Population-Scale Study of Human Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Analysis and Implications

Alekh Agarwal

5 minute break

Q&A Panel

12:00 PM-1:00 PM Break
1:00 PM-1:30 PM Fireside Chat | Video Portrait of Susan Dumais Susan Dumais, Technical Fellow & Managing Director, Microsoft Research New England, New York City and Montreal
1:30 PM-3:00 PM Video poster session by students
3:00 PM-4:00 PM Fun Networking Event

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Time (PDT) Session
9:00 AM-9:05 AM Welcome Sean and Daniel
9:05 AM-9:20 AM Video Message by Kevin Scott Portrait of Kevin Scott Kevin Scott, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President, Technology & Research
9:20 AM-9:30 AM Transition to groups
9:30 AM-12:00 PM Meeting with your nominating team – each student presents for ~5 minutes
12:00 PM-1:00 PM Break
1:00 PM-1:30 PM Opportunity to meet with other teams
1:30 PM-2:00 PM Opportunity to meet with other teams
2:00 PM-3:30 PM 20 minute research talks + Q&A panel + event wrap-up | Video Portrait of Shamsi Iqbal
Portrait of Alex Polozov
Portrait of Robert Sim
Shamsi Iqbal: Micro-productivity: Redefining Productivity to Adapt to a Changing Landscape of Work

Alex Polozov: Neuro-Symbolic AI and Program Synthesis

Robert Sim: Privacy Preservation in Natural Language Applications

5 minute break

Q&A Panel

Final words and closing (Sean and Daniel)