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Posted by Rob Knies
Many businesses and individuals talk a mean game about how they’re changing the world, catering to customer demands, delivering bold new user experiences.And why not? It’s easy. Such claims rarely are held accountable. They’re easy to twist into whatever direction is most convenient.Talk is cheap—sometimes. But not always.I just had a most fascinating discussion with Dimitrios Lymberopoulos, a researcher in the Sensing and Energy Research Group at Microsoft Research Redmond. He’s at TechFest 2013 this week, discussing a project called Enabling Real-Time Business-Metadata Extraction, his focus for the last six months. I asked him a few questions about the project, and he responded in terms at once sincere, ingenious, and passionate.
Welcome to TechFest 2013, Microsoft Research’s annual tech showcase featuring many new, fascinating projects that point toward the future of computing.Over the next couple of days, we’ll be shining a light on some of the high-profile projects being shown during the event, held at the Microsoft corporate headquarters, in Redmond, Wash.Just after the event began, for example, I got a chance to chat with John Bronskill, partner architect at Microsoft Research Cambridge, about an intriguing effort called Adaptive Machine Learning for Real-Time Streaming.
Perhaps you’re engrossed in the ongoing enthusiasm and enlightenment that is TechFest 2013, but, for whatever reason, you aren’t able to participate in person. Never fear—we are delighted to offer you the next best thing to being here.Presenting the TechFest 2013 Video Portal.
Among the most engrossed attendees of the first day of TechFest 2013 had to be this year’s class of Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellows, who received an invitation to the event by virtue of their selection to the program.The fellows are recipients of a two-year fellowship for outstanding Ph.D. students, nominated by their universities, in their third and fourth years of Ph.D. graduate studies.Among those invited to attend was Rashmi Vinayak of the University of California, Berkeley, whose experience, while hers alone, certainly must be shared by her fellow recipients.
TechFest 2013 began promptly at 9 a.m. March 5 in the Kodiak Room of the Microsoft Conference Center with a keynote address by Rick Rashid, Microsoft chief research officer and head of Microsoft Research.
Rashid discussed the present-day shift toward more intelligent technology, enabled by a wealth of data, de vices, and services.