• H(app)athon Project: Smiles Sure to Ensue

    Posted by Rob Knies

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    What makes you happy? Mary Czerwinski is performing some research on that very topic.

    Czerwinski, a principal researcher at Microsoft Research Redmond and manager of the Visualization and Interaction for Business and Entertainment Research Group, is participating on the committee for The H(app)athon Project, a big-data effort to use happiness indicators to harness the power of emerging technologies to help the world measure happiness.

    Such indicators already are being used in Bhutan and the United Kingdom to measure the well-being of citizens. The project aims to connect the tools people use to measure themselves with metrics used to measure humanity, beginning March 20 in New York, London, and Tokyo with awareness events featuring presentations about the synergies between well-being, emerging technology, and happiness indicators.

  • The Big Game: Bay Area Research Competition

    Posted by Kelly Berschauer

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    The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has a history of conducting successful student competitions during its major conferences, so it was only fitting that when Microsoft Research Connections and Microsoft Research Silicon Valley were considering hosting a similar event in the latter’s Mountain View, Calif., facility focused on research, they should turn to the ACM model.

    The student research competition, hosted in conjunction with the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, based at the University of California, Berkeley, was held March 25 with the goal of connecting local students with local research organizations around the globe. Arjmand Samuel, senior research program manager for Microsoft Research Connections, indicated that he hopes the event serves as a precursor to a trend.

  • Machine Learning + Real-Time Data: Food for Thought

    Posted by Rob Knies

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    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.

  • SXSW Interactive Hall of Fame Inducts danah boyd

    Posted by Rob Knies

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    It’s no surprise, really, that danah boyd, senior researcher at Microsoft Research New England, has been named the second inductee into the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival Hall of Fame.

    After all, boyd has established herself as one of the world’s leading lights when it comes to analysis of trends at the intersection of technology and society—especially when it comes to youth culture.

    The honor, presented March 12 during the SXSW Interactive Awards, is intended to recognize trendsetters whose career accomplishment s have paved the future of the new media industry.

  • Ph.D. Fellow Revels in TechFest Experience

    Posted by Rob Knies

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    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.