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Christopher White

Principal Researcher

About

Chris White is a Principal Researcher and Partner at Microsoft working on special projects. His team develops software for data analysis, focusing on the intersection of artificial intelligence and business intelligence, including analytics tools for structured numerical and unstructured streaming data. They recently helped Microsoft become the visionary market leader for business intelligence. Their work has also been applied to fighting digital crime and worldwide tech scams, including the Federal Trade Commission’s Operation Tech Trap (see more here). Learn more about current work from a profile of Chris by Microsoft.

Before joining Microsoft, Chris was a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he created and managed DARPA’s leading programs XDATA, Memex, and the Open Catalog. His work has been applied to countering human trafficking, financial fraud, and terrorism. In recognition of this work, Chris received the 2016 Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons (see more here). He also received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, and a Department of Treasury Intelligence and Analysis medallion for combatting terrorism financing.

Chris also served DARPA as the Agency’s country lead in Afghanistan, where he oversaw DARPA’s portfolio of programs and led the data science and analytics efforts under General David Petraeus and General John Allen. His work was cited in President Obama’s Big Data Report as helping commanders solve operational challenges during the most violent years of the war in Afghanistan. In recognition of this work, he received the Department of Defense Joint Meritorious Unit Award.

Chris’s work has been featured in media outlets including Popular Science, CBS’s 60 Minutes, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone Magazine, TEDx, and Google’s Solve for X. Chris was profiled in a cover feature for the Sept/Oct 2016 issue of Popular Science.

Prior to DARPA, Chris was a fellow at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He was a Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellow and earned a PhD from Johns Hopkins University in electrical engineering, where his research focused on machine learning, statistical methods for large data sets, and human language technology. He earned a BS from Oklahoma State University.

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Use bookmarks to share insights and build stories in Power BI

Using bookmarks in Power BI help you capture the currently configured view of a report page, including filtering and the state of visuals, and later let you go back to that state by simply selecting the saved bookmark. You can also create a collection of bookmarks, arrange them in the order you want, and subsequently step through each bookmark in a presentation to highlight a series of insights, or the story you want to tell with your visuals and reports.

Microsoft Power BI Blog | April 24, 2018

A look under the hood of our Power BI solution template

Hopefully you have seen our announcement about the new Azure API Management Analytics Power BI solution template, giving you eye-catching, customizable reports on you API Management traffic. This post takes a deep dive into the component parts, how they work, and how you can customize the solution to meet your individual requirements.

MSDN Blog | September 27, 2017

Power BI solution template

September 2017 | Today we are announcing the availability of the Azure API Management Analytics Power BI Solution Template. This template allows you to create eye catching, customizable business dashboards, illustrating traffic flowing through your API Management instance. Share those reports with business stakeholders, product managers and senior leadership. Create your own store of API data that you can analyze, warehouse or merge with other sources.

MSDN Blog | September 27, 2017

With the new Timeline Storyteller, create interactive visualizations for your data

The Timeline Storyteller, first introduced during the keynote of the 2017 Microsoft Data Insight Summit, is now available in the Office Store. With it, you can present different aspects of your data using a palette of timeline representations, scales and layouts. There are also controls for filtering, highlighting and annotation, providing an impressive set of capabilities for visualizing data representing a sequences of events.

Microsoft Blog | August 28, 2017

Bringing more text analytics to the Bing News Solution Template

We are excited to announce support for ‘bring your own entities’ for the Bing News solution template! The Bing News template allows brand managers to find articles most relevant to them by filtering on sentiment, trending topics as well as entities like locations, organizations and people (learn more about the Bing News template).

Microsoft Power BI Blog | August 14, 2017

Bringing AI to BI – Text Analytics in Azure Machine Learning

Azure Machine Learning Studio provides a Swiss-army knife of tools to operate on text datasets in a robust and efficient manner. For instance, there is a suite of built-in modules for lower-level tasks such as language detection and text pre-processing for common cleaning steps such as case normalization, stop word removal, stemming and lemmatization.

Machine Learning Blog | August 8, 2017

Announcing the Campaign & Brand Management for Facebook Pages

This latest solution template provides powerful yet easy to understand analytics on any Facebook page. After defining one or many Facebook Pages to follow, you can quickly navigate posts and comments, identify key trends, understand user sentiment, and uncover how well users are engaged.

Microsoft Power BI Blog | June 26, 2017

Announcing multiple language support for the Twitter solution template

Today we are excited to announce that the Twitter solution template for brand and campaign management now supports 15 languages for sentiment analysis. There are 4 supported languages – English, French, Spanish and Portuguese as well as 11 preview languages ranging from Dutch to Russian to Turkish (you can check out the full list).

Microsoft Power BI Blog | June 5, 2017

The fight against tech support scams

Throughout this month, I will join AARP, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and BECU at a series of “Unmasking the Imposters“ events to help educate Washington consumers about how to spot and avoid tech support scams.

Microsoft On the Issues | May 18, 2017

Announcing the Advanced Search Solution Template for Bing News

Today we are excited to announce the advanced search solution template for Bing News (a counterpart to the Twitter template released last September). Upon defining a search term of interest, a brand manager can use our template to find and read the articles most relevant to them.

Microsoft Power BI Blog | March 7, 2017

Announcing the brand & campaign management solution template for Twitter

Today we are excited to announce the release of the brand and campaign management solution template for Twitter. Imagine you are an event manager who has spent the past few months planning a conference, lining up speakers, and coordinating catering, venues, and transportation.

Microsoft Power BI Blog | August 15, 2016

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A mere three months after the kickoff meeting, White was on a plane to Afghanistan to brief the top U.S. military commander along with the general’s senior staff and one of the most senior intelligence officers in the world on the tools he was developing.

The AI Blog | August 15, 2016

New Power BI Custom Visuals Enable Browsing and Analyzing Collections of Text

Modern BI is all about helping more people easily get more insights from data. This not only requires making analysis and visualization of traditional numerical data easier – it also requires making other types of data accessible to more people for analysis as well.

Microsoft Power BI Blog | July 11, 2016

Custom Visualizations: Visual Awesomeness your way!

These past few months have been super exciting with all the goodness announced at the inaugural Microsoft Data Insights Summit, the BUILD 2016 conference and the latest round of updates to the Power BI service! We wanted to take a moment now and bubble up some of the latest Custom Visuals that have shown up in our gallery!

Microsoft Power BI Blog | May 9, 2016

In the News

Microsoft Widens Business Intelligence Approach — Is Everyone A Business Analyst Now?
Forbes | June 13, 2017

Power BI Timeline Storyteller Helps Users Visualize Data
eWeek | June 13, 2017

Microsoft’s Power BI business analytics tool learns new tricks
Tech Crunch | June 12, 2017

FTC and Federal, State and International Partners Announce Major Crackdown on Tech Support Scams
Federal Trade Commission | May 12, 2017

The Man Who Lit The Dark Web
Popular Science | August 30, 2016