June 11, 2018 - July 6, 2018

Microsoft Research Summer Workshop 2018: Machine Learning on Constrained Devices

Location: Bangalore, India

Microsoft Research (MSR) India is organizing an approximately month-long summer workshop on focusing on “machine learning on constrained devices” such as IoT sensors in June 2018.  The workshop would comprise lectures and hands on collaboration between participants and MSR India staff.  Participation at the workshop is by invitation only.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to revolutionize our world. Billions of microcontrollers and sensors have already been deployed for predictive maintenance, connected cars, precision agriculture, personalized fitness and wearables, smart housing, cities, healthcare, etc. The dominant paradigm in these applications is that the IoT device is dumb – it just senses its environment and transmits the sensor readings to the cloud where all the intelligence resides and the decision making happens.

We envision an alternative paradigm where even tiny, resource-constrained IoT devices can run machine learning algorithms locally without necessarily connecting to the cloud. This enables a number of critical scenarios, beyond the pale of the traditional paradigm, where it is not desirable to send data to the cloud due to concerns about latency, connectivity, energy, privacy and security.

Microsoft Research (MSR) India has an ongoing effort on developing new algorithms and exploring applications in this area. An overview of our published work can be found at: https://github.com/Microsoft/EdgeML.

We are organizing an approximately month-long summer workshop focusing on “machine learning on constrained devices” such as IoT sensors.  The workshop would comprise lectures and hands on collaboration between participants and MSR India staff.  We welcome participants from academia, startups and other industry players to the workshop.

We hope that this workshop will facilitate development of new techniques as well as application of the state-of-the-art to real world scenarios, focusing on tangible outcomes during the period of collaboration.

The workshop will be hosted at the Microsoft Research premises in Bangalore, India.