Keynote: Knowledge Systems and AI


August 2, 2018


Sandy Blyth, David Ku, Kuansan Wang


AI Core Group, Microsoft Research


In an ideal world, there would be infinite computing resources. These resources would be free and sustainable, with no impact on the future of our planet. They would run services that would be accessible anytime and everywhere with zero latency and 100 percent uptime. In this vision of the ideal, we all would be able to protect the confidentiality of the data against the strongest possible attacks. These resources would support a variety of best-of-breed devices to meet every application and situation. Using these resources would be seamless and available to every person and organization on the planet.

Alas, we do not live in an ideal world and never will, though we are making progress. The cloud has created an environment of abundant computational resources. The edge has helped reduce latency and given us options to implement different security models. Mixed reality technology is making the integration of modern information technology into the real world more seamless. Under the covers, we are leveraging AI, algorithms, network technology, data management systems, and a variety of software engineering and program methodologies to continuously improve the overall system and make it ever-more adaptive.

TheĀ Research Faculty Summit 2018 brought together leaders and researchers from the broad systems research area in computer science. The summit presented the latest information and results from Microsoft product and research groups. Faculty Summit attendees had a front row seat to hear, share and discuss the current state of the art, issues, and ideas so that we can all push together to move the frontier toward an ideal world of computing.


Sandy Blyth, David Ku, Kuansan Wang

David Ku is corporate vice president for AI Core group, responsible for horizontal AI capabilities that power products such as Bing, Cortana, Office and Azure. The group includes Bing knowledge graph and Satori platform, Substrate and Office intelligence, Bing Ads marketplace and ad platform, Shared data and analytics platform, Analysis and experimentation, AI Tools and infrastructure, Engineering fundamentals, along with Privacy and security compliance. David also serves at the Chief Technology Officer for the Artificial Intelligence and Research (AI+R) division.

Kuansan Wang is a Principal Researcher and Director of Internet Service Research Center and Conversational System Research Center at Microsoft Research in Redmond where he is currently conducting research in web search, large scale data mining, dialog systems and web-scale natural language processing. He joined the Speech Technology Group in Microsoft Research in 1998, and has been the software architect for Speech Server 2004, Microsoft Response Point 2007 and co-authored six ISO/ECMA/W3C standards. Kuansan has a BS, MS from National Taiwan University and PhD from U of Maryland, College Park, all in Electrical Engineering.