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Posted by Allison Linn
When Chris J.C. Burges came to Microsoft Research in 2000, he knew he wanted to work on machine learning projects that would have a real impact on users.
Burges definitely succeeded: He ended up being part of a team that created the basis for the ranking system that is still used in Microsoft's Bing search engine today.
At next week's International Conference on Machine Learning, Burges, a research manager and principal researcher in Microsoft Research's Machine Learning Intelligence Group, and his co-authors will receive the Test of Time Award for the 2005 paper that showed how that system works.
Posted by George Thomas Jr.
Many programmers recognize Don Syme's name, but even more are influenced daily by his research and development. After all, Syme, a principal researcher in Microsoft's Cambridge, U.K., lab, has helped to develop and influence features of popular computer languages used by millions of programmers, C# in particular.
And soon Syme will get a new form of recognition: This month the Royal Academy of Engineering named Syme one of three winners of the prestigious Silver Medal for 2015.
Microsoft researcher Vasilis Syrgkanis and two colleagues this week unveiled a new approach to understanding and optimizing online bidding and auctions, with implications far beyond the online advertising marketplace in which their study was based.
Working with Denis Nekipelov of the University of Virginia and Eva Tardos of Cornell University, their research, Econometrics for Learning Agents, goes beyond the long-standing approach of applying the famous Nash Equilibrium when analyzing online interactions. It was the only submission to receive the Best Paper award at the ACM Economics and Computation 2015 conference in Portland, Ore., this week.
On Saturday, Jeannette Wing, a Microsoft corporate vice president, will receive the Association for Computing Machinery's distinguished service award, recognizing her as "a leader who has transformed the way the world views computing."
In 2006, Wing wrote what would prove to be a seminal paper on the topic of computational thinking, hoping the paper would help spread the joy and excitement of computer science. Almost a decade later, computational thinking is regularly being used as a framework for solving problems in all sorts of fields, from digital journalism to computational biology, and it's being incorporated into educational curriculum at all levels.
Johannes Kopf, a Microsoft researcher who specializes in computer graphics and was key to the development of Microsoft Hyperlapse, has been awarded the 2015 ACM SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award.
The award honors early career researchers, and past recipients have generally gone on to become leaders in computer graphics research.
"It is an indicator of somebody becoming one of the stars in the field," said Richard Szeliski, a distinguished scientist with Microsoft Research who has worked closely with Kopf.