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  • Blog Post: Addressing Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency in Machine Learning

    Tweet Posted by Microsoft Research Machine learning and big data are certainly hot topics that emerged within the tech community in 2014. But what are the real-world implications for how we interpret what happens inside the data centers that churn through mountains of seemingly endless...
  • Blog Post: Horvitz at KDD: From Data to Decisions

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies This year’s Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining ( KDD 2014 ) is themed “data science for social good.” That focus for the 20th KDD meeting moved Eric Horvitz ( @erichorvitz ) to accept an invitation to deliver a keynote address...
  • Blog Post: Project Adam and the Future of Programming

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Perhaps you’ve heard about Project Adam over the last few days. That work, which shows that large-scale, commodity distributed systems are able to train extra-large deep neural networks efficiently, has received its share of attention in the tech media...
  • Blog Post: Select Students’ Summer Plans: Big Apple, Big Data

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Today’s burgeoning interest in big data offers tremendous potential for driving services that promise to transform our future. That promise, though, doesn’t come without significant effort. Harnessing the power of big data requires an unprecedented...
  • Blog Post: Taking Science from the Specific to the General

    Posted by Rob Knies You might have heard of Drew Purves before. As head of the Computational Ecology and Environmental Science Group at Microsoft Research Cambridge , he has gained attention for a number of his projects, from modeling forest dynamics to FetchClimate , that use big data and build...
  • Blog Post: Baym Tunes In to Social-Media Metrics

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies How many Likes have you received on Facebook lately? I’ll bet you have a pretty good idea (and that your overall assessment will be “not enough”). How many followers do you have on Twitter? You probably have a pretty good grasp of that...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Researchers Take Center Stage During EmTech 2013

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies EmTech 2013 , billed as The Conference on the Emerging Technologies That Matter, will be held in Cambridge, Mass., Oct. 9-11 at the MIT Media Lab. The annual event, in its seventh year, represents a convergence of technology, business, and culture, and...
  • Blog Post: Urban-Computing Work Nets Zheng TR35 Accolade

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Location, location, location. Yu Zheng , lead researcher at Microsoft Research Asia , is all about location-based services. Now, his research into urban computing has led him into a pretty exclusive neighborhood. On Aug. 21, Zheng was named to MIT Technology...
  • Blog Post: Exploring the Biases of Big Data

    Posted by Rob Knies On Feb. 28, at the Santa Clara (Calif.) Convention Center, Kate Crawford , principal researcher at Microsoft Research New England , took the stage during the Strata Conference to deliver an illuminating, 17-minute talk entitled Algorithmic Illusions: Hidden Biases of Big Data...
  • Blog Post: Big-Data Analytics, from Theory to Systems

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Computing today is generating and capturing a wealth of data previously unimaginable. Such information has great promise for unlocking some of society’s most elusive secrets, but how can those secrets be unearthed and identified? That pursuit provided...