msrfc2012I received this news from the ACM recently. The Microsoft Research Faculty Summit will be available live  for the public this year. I’ve ben fortunate enough to attend this event a couple of times and it is a unique event that mixes industry researchers and academic researchers across the computer science community. It mixes sub areas in a way that most other conferences do not. So this is a great chance to view some outstanding content without leaving home.

For the first time, Microsoft Research will present its Faculty Summit in a virtual forum freely accessible by the public. On July 16 and 17, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) (noon to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time), hear leading academic researchers and educators, as well as Microsoft researchers, product group engineers, and architects explore new opportunities in computer science research and advances that address real-world challenges. The event will feature such luminaries as:

  • Eric Horvitz, Microsoft Research Distinguished Scientist, on harnessing large amounts of data for generating insights and guiding decision making
  • Patrick Baudisch, computer science professor at the Hasso Plattner Institute, on research opportunities and challenges in natural user interface research
  • David Breashears, founder and Executive Director of GlacierWorks, on vanishing glaciers of the Greater Himalaya


Whether you are a computer scientist, researcher, or student, you will benefit from the rich and valuable content presented in this virtual forum, and also have a chance to share ideas and ask questions in real-time on Twitter at #FacSumm. A web page for the streaming video will be available in ACM's Learning Center on July 16.

BTW this is one of THE hot tickets for academic computer scientists. The chance to view these talks live and for free is a big deal. I’ll be watching as much of it as I can.