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  • 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: The Bright Future of Machine Learning

    Posted by Rob Knies Unlocking the future—that was the theme Rick Rashid , Microsoft chief research officer, used to close his opening remarks April 23 during the first day of the Microsoft Research Machine Learning Summit 2013 . The event, held at Microsoft’s Le Campus site in Issy...
  • 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: Ten Billion: Too Many

    Posted by Rob Knies The set was simple: a simulated office, with a desk, a chair, a floor lamp, a wall calendar, a row of bookshelves packed with scores of academic journals, a scraggly-looking plant at stage right—“a depressingly faithful reproduction of my office,” said Stephen...
  • Blog Post: KinÊtre: Animation + Whimsy

    Posted by Rob Knies First, there was Kinect . You’ve probably heard of that one. Next, it was KinectFusion , which uses live data from Kinect for Windows to create high-quality, 3-D models of a room and its contents. KinectFusion made a splash in 2011 during the 38th International Conference...
  • Blog Post: Indian Summer School Focuses on Distributed Computing

    Posted by Rob Knies Distributed computing is critical for most modern, Internet-scale services, enabling high availability and the ability to scale to massive, worldwide audiences. The web as we now know it is unimaginable without advances achieved in distributed computing. It is challenging, though...
  • Blog Post: Algorithmic Analysis Leads to Efficient Approach for Plant Conservation

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Efficiency is one of the hallmarks of successful science, and for proof, you need look no further than the Sept. 5 issue of the journal Science, which features a study by a team of scientists from Microsoft Research Cambridge , Duke University, and North...
  • Blog Post: Programming Languages in the Eternal City

    Posted by Rob Knies The Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages (POPL) is an annual gathering of thought leaders from around the world to discuss all aspects of programming languages and systems, so it is a given that as the 40th instance of the event gets under way in Rome on Jan. 23...