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  • 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: How Search Can Help in a Medical Crisis

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies One day, a woman named Lisa is walking her dog, Lucky, when she meets an elderly neighbor. Suddenly, the neighbor falls unconscious and stops breathing. What would you do in this scenario? These days, many people’s initial reaction would be to reach...
  • Blog Post: A Hybrid Approach to Direct Search Answers

    Posted by Rob Knies You might have noticed in your most recent Bing search that, these days, you often can get an answer to your query without having to click through to one of the search results. For example, I recently wondered about this year’s date for Mother’s Day in the United...
  • Blog Post: Improved Healthcare via Machine Learning: a Way Forward

    Posted by Rob Knies The Microsoft Research Machine Learning Summit 2013 concluded with a plenary panel discussion titled Data Challenges and Opportunities in the Next Decade. Chaired by Jeannette Wing , Microsoft vice president and head of Microsoft Research International, the discussion included...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research New England: Year in Review

    Posted by Jennifer Chayes, managing director of Microsoft Research New England The latest in a series of posts from the directors of Microsoft Research’s labs worldwide, this one from Jennifer Chayes of Microsoft Research New England . It’s been a year of expansion and connection for...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Redmond: 2012 in Review

    Posted by Eric Horvitz and Yi-Min Wang, managing co-directors of Microsoft Research Redmond As we look back on the year at Microsoft Research Redmond , a flood of creative efforts and achievements come to mind. These include mission-focused pursuits aimed at solving urgent challenges, the pursuit...
  • Blog Post: Horvitz Joins American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    Posted by Rob Knies In 1780, the nascent United States of America was still in the midst of the Revolutionary War. American pride suffused the former colonies’ scholar-patriots, and one result was the founding of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences . Among the cofounders was John...
  • Blog Post: Hinckley Paper Makes Lasting Impact

    Posted by Rob Knies Can you remember details about what you were doing 10 years ago? Ken Hinckley certainly can. In 2001, he and co-authors Jeff Pierce , Mike Sinclair , and Eric Horvitz , had a paper called Sensing Techniques for Mobile Interaction " href="ftp://ftp.research.microsoft.com/pub...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Asia Wows Asia Pacific Academics

    Posted by Rob Knies Eight sentences. That’s all it took for Rick Rashid , worldwide head of Microsoft Research, to electrify a crowd of 2,000 students and faculty members in Tianjin, China, on Oct. 25 during the 14th annual Computing in the 21st Century Conference . Why did those in attendance...
  • Blog Post: Pursuing Insights About Health and Well-Being from Social Media

    Posted by Eric Horvitz and Munmun De Choudhury At Microsoft Research, we’ve been exploring the use of data analysis and machine learning to gain insights about health and well-being—and to enhance the quality of health care. Our efforts in this area include research on using data stored...
  • Blog Post: SIGIR Paper Aims to Understand Use of the Web for Diagnosis

    Posted by Rob Knies A recent study by the Pew Research Center indicates that 80 percent of adults in the United States have searched for medical information online. Such a figure underscores the fundamental importance that humans place on their health and wellbeing—and their reliance on the...