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Posted by George Thomas Jr.
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.
Posted by Allison Linn
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.
Researchers representing Microsoft and Google will present their latest advances Friday in automated image captioning, a hot field that could have broad implications for artificial intelligence.
The researchers will be speaking at a workshop that is part of CVPR, an annual conference on the most cutting-edge advances in computer vision research. The workshop is highlighting the winners of several image-related challenges.
The two companies’ research groups tied for first place in the recent MS COCO Image Captioning Challenge 2015. There were 15 submissions from top universities and industrial research labs vying to automatically create the most informative and interesting captions.
You may already have heard about the Microsoft technology that can automatically identify objects in a picture and write an accurate caption for it, but those types of research advancements don't occur in a vacuum.
Indeed, interdisciplinary research combining computer vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence, computer systems and networking are just some of Microsoft's research areas at the core of the burgeoning field commonly referred to as "deep learning," and fundamental to Microsoft's mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more.
Deep learning also is fundamental to a bevy of research being presented this week at the 28th IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) in Boston.