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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: Platt Plenty Excited About AI

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Now, here’s an interesting one: The latest video in Channel 9 ’s Microsoft Research Luminaries series features John Platt ( @johnplattml ) and explores his work in the resurgent research area of artificial intelligence (AI), its close cousin,...
  • Blog Post: Dumais Receives Athena Lecturer Award

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Among the many earthly domains attributed to the Greek goddess Athena are those of mathematics, inspiration, strength, skill, and wisdom—traits that, combined, begin to describe the career of Susan Dumais , named April 8 as the ninth recipient of...
  • 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: Microsoft Research’s Lauter Named Next AWM President

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Some people require years of searching before they are able to identify their life’s calling. For others, though, that realization comes early on. Take Microsoft Research’s Kristin Lauter , for instance. “I have been passionate about...
  • Blog Post: Two from Microsoft Research Win Helmholtz Recognition

    Tweet 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...
  • Blog Post: Two from Microsoft Research Named 2014 IEEE Fellows

    Tweet 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...
  • Blog Post: Continuous Mobile Vision Takes a Step Forward

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies You might not be aware of the term “continuous mobile vision,” but I’ll bet there’s a good chance you are aware of one of the scenarios it could enable. Remember the concept, bandied about in recent years, of technology that can...
  • Blog Post: More Research Contributions to Windows Phone Translation

    Posted by Rob Knies Recently, I wrote about Microsoft Research contributions to the new Translator App for Windows Phone , available for free download on Windows Phone Marketplace . Some of them, anyway. As it turns out, the story goes a bit deeper than the earlier post was able to convey. Since...
  • Blog Post: Cliplets Blur the Borders Between Video and Photography

    Posted by Steve Clayton With most digital cameras these days, you can shoot still photos or video. The critical question, then, is which one to use when you’re at your child’s soccer game or out with a group of friends: a picture often won’t do it justice, whereas shooting video...
  • Blog Post: Students Get Creative with Touch Mouse

    Posted by Rob Knies It’s always interesting to put new technology into the hands of university students and see what they can devise, and such was precisely the case during the Student Innovation Contest , held in conjunction with the Association for Computing Machinery’s 24th annual...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research India: Year in Review

    Posted by P. Anandan, managing director of Microsoft Research India The latest in a series of posts from the directors of Microsoft Research’s labs worldwide, this one from P. Anandan of Microsoft Research India . Another exciting, eventful, and successful year comes to an end. Perhaps...
  • Blog Post: Bahl Awarded SIGMOBILE’s Top Honor

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Victor Bahl , research manager of the Mobility and Networking Research Group at Microsoft Research Redmond , recalls a time, nearly 20 years distant, when the idea of a professional organization for those interested in mobile technology was merely a glimmer...
  • 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: Microsoft Research Asia: 2012 in Review

    Posted by Hsiao-Wuen Hon, managing director of Microsoft Research Asia In China, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, a particularly auspicious year in Chinese culture. I am very glad to see that this also has been a good year both for Microsoft and for Microsoft Research Asia . Thanks to the efforts...
  • Blog Post: Rashid: an Era of Data, Devices, and Services

    Posted by Rob Knies TechFest 2013 began promptly at 9 a.m. March 5 in the Kodiak Room of the Microsoft Conference Center with a keynote address by Rick Rashid , Microsoft chief research officer and head of Microsoft Research. Rashid discussed the present-day shift toward more intelligent technology...
  • Blog Post: In-Place: Interacting with Large Displays

    Posted by Rob Knies Computing in the 21st century increasingly is embracing touch interaction. Whether it be on mobile handhelds, large electronic displays, or something in between, such user interfaces are becoming commonplace. Interestingly, researchers from Microsoft Research Redmond are expanding...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Deep-Neural-Network Speech Recognition Debuts

    Posted by Rob Knies Last August, my colleague Janie Chang wrote a feature story titled Speech Recognition Leaps Forward " href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/news/features/speechrecognition-082911.aspx" target="_blank">Speech Recognition Leaps Forward that was published on the Microsoft Research...
  • Blog Post: Making Purchases with Zero Effort

    Posted by Rob Knies Imagine that you walk into a store, select an item to purchase, and approach the cash register. A wireless-proximity transmitter within your smartphone detects your presence, and a facial-recognition program determines your identity. The transaction is recorded onto video, and...
  • Blog Post: Research Bolsters Windows Phone Translation

    Posted by Rob Knies Eager for foreign travel but worried about foreign languages? Fear no more, thanks to the Translator App for Windows Phone , updated April 16 and featuring several contributions from Microsoft Research. The app, powered by the same state-of-the-art technology used in Bing...
  • Blog Post: DNN Research Improves Bing Voice Search

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies We live in a society obsessed with speed. Whether it’s download times on a mobile phone or Usain Bolt’s time in the 100 meters, the faster the better. We also live during an era when accuracy has become not just preferable but essential...
  • Blog Post: New Ways to Visualize Your Data

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies If you are feeling hungry, you go to the kitchen. If you’d like to take a swim, you head to a swimming pool. If you want to catch a movie, you’re bound for a theater. And, Danyel Fisher says, if you’re interested in data, you open Excel...
  • Blog Post: A New, Addictive Way to Search

    Posted by Rob Knies For those who have upgraded to Windows 8 , here’s a beguiling project featured during TechFest 2013 . Called Making Smooth Topical Connections on Touch Devices, it offers an alternate, graphical way to mine, browse, and search through a database. The documents within the...