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  • Blog Post: Microsoft researcher Jamie Shotton receives MIT Tech Review young innovator honor

    Tweet Posted by Allison Linn Jamie Shotton was just starting his career in computer vision at Microsoft Research Cambridge when some colleagues from the company's Redmond offices came to the U.K. lab with a challenge. They were creating a gaming system that could track a person's...
  • Blog Post: Probabilistic programming goes large scale: From reducing email clutter to any machine learning task

    Tweet Posted by George Thomas Jr. How is it you seem to be spending more and more time every day sifting through and prioritizing email messages? According to research by The Radicati Group, Inc., the legitimate emails you receive — already upwards of 100 per day — will...
  • Blog Post: New Research Brings Precision to Sampling Methods Used in Statistics and Machine Learning

    Tweet Posted by George Thomas Jr. Addressing one of the core problems in statistics and machine learning , Microsoft researchers have developed a new, more efficient algorithm that enables exact sampling. Daniel Tarlow and Tom Minka Researchers...
  • Blog Post: Shotton Receives Young Researcher Accolade

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies In early June, Jamie Shotton received a most welcome email from Ramin Zabih, professor of computer science at Cornell Tech and chair of the IEEE Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI) Technical Committee. Zabih had the responsibility to let a gifted...
  • Blog Post: ZooTracer: Setting a Track Record

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies People love to watch animals. That’s why zoos exist. That’s why photographic safaris command princely sums. That’s why cat videos have become an unstoppable force. Lucas Joppa loves to watch animals, too, but his motivation includes...
  • Blog Post: Bing Code Search Makes Developers More Productive

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Some people, it seems, are simply born to be computer-science researchers. Take Youssef Hamadi , for example. Earlier this week, he was asked a question about challenges he had encountered during a research project. His response began by sharing this revealing...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Sends 3 to CHI Academy

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Each year, SIGCHI , the international society for professionals, academics, and students interested in human technology and human-computer interaction (HCI), announces a short list of individuals who have been elected to the CHI Academy. You might wonder...
  • Blog Post: Blake’s Gibbs Lecture Focus: Machines That See, Powered by Probability

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Eighty years ago, Albert Einstein was invited to deliver the 11th installment of the Josiah Willard Gibbs Lecture , established by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) in 1923 to give the public insight into the intricacies of mathematics and its applications...
  • Blog Post: Peeking Behind the HoloDesk

    Posted by Rob Knies If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with HoloDesk, research from the Sensors and Devices team at Microsoft Research Cambridge that my colleague Steve Clayton posted on the Next at Microsoft blog a few weeks ago. The work took...
  • Blog Post: Infer.NET: Machine Learning Tailor-Made

    Posted by Rob Knies One of the featured technologies on display on April 23, the first day of Microsoft Research Machine Learning Summit 2013 , was Infer.NET , a powerful, compelling .NET library from Microsoft Research Cambridge . Infer.NET is an example of model-based machine learning, as explained...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Offers A Different Perspective on Internet Search

    Posted by Steve Clayton We talk about Bing as a “decision engine” that anticipates your intent and surfaces search results to help you quickly make an informed decision. Built into this concept is the assumption that productivity is your chief goal. The Socio-Digital Systems group in...
  • Blog Post: 5 Things You Can Learn About Search

    Posted by Rob Knies Over at the Next at Microsoft blog, Steve Clayton has just published a post about the Things We’ve Learnt About … series " href="http://blogs.technet.com/b/next/archive/2013/04/05/things-we-ve-learnt-about-search.aspx" target="_blank">latest issue of the...
  • Blog Post: Latest Microsoft Research Luminary: Lucas Joppa, Conservation Scientist

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Over the past several years, Microsoft Research Cambridge has established its bona fides as a serious player in the area of computational ecology, so it’s no great surprise that work from that lab caught the attention of Prince William during a recent...
  • Blog Post: Four from Microsoft Research Named IEEE Fellows

    Posted by Rob Knies In this, the 100th anniversary of what is now known as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow program, four computer scientists from Microsoft Research have joined the annals of illustrious individuals who have attained the grade of IEEE Fellow....
  • Blog Post: Silicon Valley Talk Focuses on Security

    Posted by Rob Knies Soon after the founding of Microsoft Research Silicon Valley in 2001, its managing director, Roy Levin , began to bring in a series of researchers with extensive backgrounds in security in computing systems. Among those security-focused researchers was Martín Abadi , now...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Tony Hoare on the Turing Centenary

    Posted by Tony Hoare, winner of the A.M. Turing Award in 1980 Can computers understand their own programs? From my earliest days as a student of philosophy and classics at Merton College, Oxford, I was attracted into computing by the prospect that it would shed light on some of the age-old problems...
  • Blog Post: .NET Gadgeteer Gets Youths Excited About Computer Science

    Posted by Rob Knies Over the past year, the use of .NET Gadgeteer in education steadily has gained momentum, and that surge in interest received significant validation a few weeks ago in Hamburg, Germany. That city was the site of the seventh Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education...
  • Blog Post: FetchClimate! Using Big Data to build a climate information service

    Posted by Steve Clayton There are a lot of really cool projects at TechFest this year - if you pushed me to pick a personal favorite, I'd choose FetchClimate ! . With amazing demonstrations such as Holoflector and Illumishare , this is one that you may not expect...allow me to explain why I'm so excited...
  • Blog Post: Machine Learning Achieves Humanitarian Ends

    Posted by Rob Knies In February 2012, in response to an initiative from the administration of U.S. President Obama to harness technology and innovation to encourage development for longtime scientific challenges such as health, food security, and climate change, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office...
  • Blog Post: Interacting Without Touching

    Posted by Kevin Schofield There is much discussion these days of the role of touch-based systems in interface design. But this week at Techfest, Helena Mentis and her teammates in the Socio-Digital Systems group in Microsoft Research Cambridge were showing two projects exploring interfaces where the...
  • Blog Post: Acclaimed Director Puts Researcher Centre Stage in London

    Posted by Rob Knies This spring, London’s Royal Court Theatre issued a most peculiar press release , announcing the forthcoming production of Ten Billion: An Exploration of the Future of Life on Earth , to debut July 12. “Scientist Stephen Emmott and director Katie Mitchell deliver a new...
  • 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: Royal Society Shines a Light on Ecological Conservation

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Animals hold a particular fascination for Lucas Joppa . Since he was a child, he has been fascinated by their comings and goings, the mysteries behind their living patterns, their prospects as species. Now, as a scientist in the Computational Ecology and...
  • Blog Post: Ten Billion People, 208 Pages

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies In 2012, Stephen Emmott , head of the Computational Science Laboratory based at Microsoft Research Cambridge , took the stage in London for a one-man show called Ten Billion that underscored the challenges the world faces in a century when the global population...