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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Watts Named A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell

    Posted by Rob Knies John Cleese, the acclaimed Monty Python actor, spent time as an A.D. White Professor-at-Large. So did renowned primatologist Jane Goodall. And Oliver Sacks, noted author and neurologist. And epic novelist Toni Morrison. And short-story writer Eudora Welty. Add to that esteemed...
  • 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: Cardelli Named Royal Society Research Professor

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies On Oct. 29, the Royal Society announced that Microsoft Research’s Luca Cardelli has received a Royal Society Research Professorship . This prestigious post provides long-term support for internationally recognized scientists of outstanding achievement...
  • Blog Post: Fitzgibbon’s Research Reaps Silver Dividend

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Research success can be characterized in any number of ways. It might be by the cleverness of an algorithm. It might be by paper citations, or product contributions, or helping to develop disruptive technologies. Sometimes, though, having a successful...