Microsoft Research New York City 5th Anniversary Celebration

Microsoft Research New York City 5th Anniversary Celebration


Please join us in celebrating the fifth anniversary of Microsoft Research New York City. To mark the occasion, we are holding an all-day workshop spanning four areas of focus of the lab: intelligent machines, ethical machines, computational social science, and the digital economy. Each area is interdisciplinary and depends strongly on the others. Each represents an important component of the future of computing: a future where software learns from data; a future where machine learning is applied in fair, accountable, and transparent ways; a future where fundamental questions about human behavior are answered using data, online experimentation, and algorithms; and a future where markets move online and leverage optimization and machine learning to maximize their benefit. The workshop will feature a mix of short talks, extended discussions, and panels featuring some of the world’s leading scholars in these four areas.

Confirmed guest speakers

  • David Blei, Columbia University
  • Emma Brunskill, Stanford University
  • Sandra González-Bailón, University of Pennsylvania
  • Michael Kearns, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University
  • David Lazer, Northeastern University
  • Yann LeCun, Facebook
  • Arvind Narayanan, Princeton University
  • Ariel Procaccia, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Éva Tardos, Cornell University

Organizing committee


Wednesday, May 10

Time Session Speaker
Registration and Breakfast
Opening Remarks
Jennifer Chayes and Jeannette M. Wing, Microsoft
Session 1: Intelligent Machines
Paths to AI
Yann LeCun, Facebook
Moderator: David Blei, Columbia University
  • Emma Brunskill, Stanford University
  • John Langford, Microsoft
  • Yann LeCun, Facebook
11:15–11:45 Break
Session 2: Ethical Machines: Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency
11:45–12:10 Fair Algorithms for Machine Learning Michael Kearns, University of Pennsylvania
12:10–1:00 Panel
Moderator: Kate Crawford, Microsoft
  • Solon Barocas, Microsoft
  • danah boyd, Microsoft
  • Arvind Narayanan, Princeton University
  • Hanna Wallach, Microsoft
1:00–2:00 Lunch
Session 3: Computational Social Science
Virtual Labs
Dan Goldstein, Microsoft
Moderator: Duncan Watts, Microsoft
  • Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University
  • David Lazer, Northeastern University
3:15–3:45 Break
Session 4: The Digital Economy
3:45–4:10 The Role of Human Computation in AI
Jenn Wortman Vaughan, Microsoft
4:10–5:00 Panel
Moderator: Glen Weyl, Microsoft
  • Suresh Naidu, Columbia University
  • Ariel Procaccia, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Matt Taddy, Microsoft
  • Eva Tardos, Cornell University
5:00–5:15 Closing Remarks & Discussion
5:30–10:00 Reception & Dinner