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Posted by Steve Wiens
Microsoft researcher David Rothschild is legendary for his ability to predict the future using a unique, rigorous approach to data analysis. He correctly called the results of the 2012 U.S. presidential election in every state but one. He nailed 19 of the 24 Oscar categories this year. And he’s constantly pushing the boundaries of predictive science through experimental live polling, online prediction games, and more.Now, Rothschild tells you what to expect in 2014, breaks down his forecasting philosophy, and explains why you should trust professional gamblers more than cable-news pundits.
Posted by Rob Knies
Even in this awesome, hyperbolic age, the words “extraordinary achievement” don’t get tossed around all that much. And when they come from the IEEE, the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology, they retain the distinction of superiority the King’s English surely intended.Consider, then, the thrill with which Dilek Hakkani-Tür and Yongguang Zhang of Microsoft Research must have experienced in late November upon learning that they had been named to the list of 2014 IEEE Fellows.
Posted by Rob Knies
This year, the IEEE Technical Committee on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, the organizer of the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), inaugurated the Helmholtz Prize, a test-of-time award presented for papers published at least 10 years ago that continue to influence the field of computer vision.
Given the huge strides the field has achieved, identifying papers with the greatest impact loomed as a daunting challenge, but for the authors of the papers, the results were gratifying—particularly for a couple of scientists from Microsoft Research.
During ICCV 2013, held in Sydney from Dec. 3-6, P. Anandan and Zhengyou Zhang had seminal papers recognized in the first set of Helmholtz Prize honorees.
Posted by Athima Chansanchai
Four days a week, Frank Martinez teaches students at south Seattle’s Rainier Beach High School how to turn coding into real-world projects. On Thursdays, he educates people vulnerable to homelessness on the fundamentals of computer science. But none of this is his day job.Martinez is a senior program manager in Microsoft Research who has worked on all kinds of projects, apps, and services (including Microsoft.com) since joining the company in 2000. His commitment to volunteering and giving back to the community has been with him his entire life, devoting his free time, skills, and energy to organizations such as UNICEF, Special Olympics, and the Lifelong AIDS Alliance.Now, with the celebration of Computer Science Education Week, which began Dec. 9, his work and volunteer lives have converged. What he teaches is a direct extension of what he’s learned on the job and what he feels like will help empower minority students and alleviate the suffering of the disadvantaged.
Socl lets you create, collect and share stuff you love. From rich visual collages to short animated media and memes, express yourself through posts that take seconds to create, collect, and share on Socl, as well as on Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter.
Now, Socl is available for mobile-phone users. Microsoft Research’s FUSE Labs group is releasing Socl apps that can work on any major mobile platform. Windows Phone, Android, or iPhone—it doesn’t matter: Socl is now the go-to app for creative people on the go.