November 4, 2016 - November 5, 2016

Asia Faculty Summit 2016

Location: Seoul, the Republic of Korea

Co-Organizers: Yonsei University, Microsoft Research Asia

Venues: The Commons at Yonsei University

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Past events:
Asia Faculty Summit 2014
Asia Faculty Summit 2012
Asia Faculty Summit 2010
Asia Faculty Summit 2008

Welcome to Microsoft Research Asia Faculty Summit 2016. The summit is organized by Microsoft Research Asia in partnership with Yonsei University. We are delighted to provide a forum for academic leaders from the top research universities and institutes to share the latest progress of related research areas, discuss the future of artificial intelligence (AI) and how we foster next generation talent in these areas.

The rapid advances of artificial intelligence are leading a new industry revolution and changing every aspect of our lives. There are a few reinforcing trends and forces that are driving this disruption and exponential growth opportunities. The large push for digitalization and increased connectivity of devices are generating big data that fuel machine learning to build extensive models that are increasingly powerful enough to create semantic representations of the world we live in. The ever increasing power of computation, such as cloud computing and internet of things, are providing infrastructure support for building ever more intelligent software that is written and programmed by big data through machine learning. These reinforcing forces are contributing to the advancement of artificial intelligence, which is now playing the most central and critical role in the tech world. New innovations are redefining our digital life and digital work, reinventing productivity and business processes, and creating more personal computing with new forms of human computation interaction. It is vital that we understand these important trends and advancement of technologies, and how we can leverage this unprecedented opportunity to further advance the capacity of artificial intelligence to impact and improve everyday life.

Since its debut in 2000, more than 2,000 academics across the Asia-Pacific region have participated in Microsoft Research Asia Faculty Summit. This year’s program consists of plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and research showcases that will enable us to share the current research results and identify future challenges. We hope you will explore new ideas and collaborative opportunities during the Faculty Summit. Look forward to seeing you in Seoul!

General Chairs

Seong-Whan Lee
President of Korea AI Society
Professor of Korea University
Fellow of IEEE
Wei-Ying Ma
Assistant Managing Director
Microsoft Research Asia
Fellow of IEEE