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This is the 16th Northwest Probability Seminar, a one-day mini-conference organized by the University of Washington, the Oregon State University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Oregon, and the Theory Group at Microsoft Research.
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Date: 25 October 2014
Location: Microsoft Research 99/1919
Type: Conference
PROMOTO brings together researchers who have been exploring new programming paradigms, embracing the new realities of always connected, touch-enabled mobile devices. PROMOTO 2014 would like to invite contributions covering technical aspects of cross-platform computing, cloud computing, social applications and security. The challenges of new types of devices, and the introduction of mobile in the classroom are very important.
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Date: 20 October 2014
Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
Type: Workshop
This training is offered to select research community audiences, predominantly consisting of practicing research scientists with at least basic software development skills. The default course consists of two days. Day one helps attendees acquire a general understanding of cloud computing with Microsoft Azure. Day two focuses on using Microsoft Azure at scale. Specific instances of the course may revise this basic structure.
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Date: 10–11 September 2014
Location: Seattle, WA, United States
Type: Other
We are holding an event in honour of Luca Cardelli on Monday-Tuesday September 8-9, 2014, at Microsoft Research Cambridge. Details to follow.
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Date: 8–9 September 2014
Location: Cambridge UK
Type: Other
Renchu Song, weiwei Sun, Baihua Zheng, and Yu Zheng
Location data becomes more and more important. In this paper, we focus on the trajectory data, and propose a new framework, namely PRESS (Paralleled Road-Network-Based Trajectory Compression), to effectively compress trajectory data under road network constraints. Different from existing work, PRESS proposes a novel representation for trajectories to separate the spatial representation of a trajectory from the temporal representation, and proposes a Hybrid Spatial Compression (HSC) algorithm and error...
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Date: 1 September 2014
Type: Inproceeding
Zichao Qi, Yanghua Xiao, Bin Shao, and Haixun Wang
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Date: 1 September 2014
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: Very Large Data Bases Endowment Inc.
Badrish Chandramouli, Jonathan Goldstein, and Abdul Quamar
Analytics over the increasing quantity of data stored in the Cloud has become very expensive, particularly due to the pay-as-you-go Cloud computation model. Data scientists typically manually extract samples of increasing data size (progressive samples) using domain-specific sampling strategies for exploratory querying. This provides them with user-control, repeatable semantics, and result provenance. However, such solutions result in tedious workflows that preclude the reuse of work across samples. On the...
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Date: 1 August 2014
Type: Inproceeding
Badrish Chandramouli, Suman Nath, and Wenchao Zhou
In feed-following applications such as Twitter and Facebook, users (consumers) follow a large number of other users (producers) to get personalized feeds, generated by blending producers' feeds. With the proliferation of Cloud-connected smart edge devices such as smartphones, producers and consumers of many feed-following applications reside on edge devices and the Cloud. An important design goal of such applications is to minimize communication (and energy) overhead of edge devices. In this paper, we...
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Date: 1 August 2014
Type: Inproceeding
Microsoft Azure is an open and flexible global cloud platform supporting any language, tool, or framework, and is ideally suited to researchers’ needs. Microsoft Research is pleased to offer training for academic researchers who are interested in or need to conduct their research on a highly scalable and flexible resource infrastructure, such as that offered by Microsoft Azure. This training is part of the Doing Research in the Cloud 2014 Summer School at Lomonosov Moscow State University.
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Date: 31 July–1 August 2014
Location: Moscow, Russia
Type: Other
This half-day workshop will present results of numerous research projects that are using Microsoft Azure. The discussion will be organized around approaches to using cloud computing in research including scalable computing, science gateways, streaming data and community data collections.
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Date: 16 July 2014
Location: Microsoft Conference Center on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, starting at 9:00 A.M.
Type: Workshop
The annual Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF) Day brings together SEIF winners, influential software engineering researchers, and researchers from Microsoft Research to present and discuss existing software engineering projects being pursued by the SEIF community, and future directions in software engineering research.
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Date: 16 July 2014
Location: Microsoft Campus, Redmond, Building 33
Type: Workshop
Lab of Things Workshop 2014
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Date: 16 July 2014
Location: Redmond, WA
Type: Workshop
At the the fifteenth annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, leading academic researchers and educators meet with Microsoft researchers and engineers to share innovative ideas and developments, and to assess and explore today’s computing opportunities.
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Date: 14–15 July 2014
Location: Redmond, WA, US
Type: Conference
Ying Zhang, Weinan Zhang, Bin Gao, Xiaojie Yuan, and Tie-Yan Liu
In sponsored search, many advertisers have not achieved their expected performances while the search engine also has a large room to improve their revenue. Specifically, due to the improper keyword bidding, many advertisers cannot survive the competitive ad auctions to get their desired ad impressions; meanwhile, a significant portion of search queries have no ads displayed in their search result pages, even if many of them have commercial values. We propose recommending a group of relevant yet...
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Date: 1 July 2014
Type: Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Milovan Duric, Oscar Palomar, Aaron Smith, Milan Stanic, Osman Unsal, Adrian Cristal, Mateo Valero, Doug Burger, and Alex Veidenbaum
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Date: 1 July 2014
Type: Inproceeding
Hongning Wang, Yang Song, Ming-Wei Chang, Xiaodong He, Ahmed Hassan, and Ryen White
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Date: 1 July 2014
Type: Proceedings
Publisher: ACM
M. Rötteler and R. Steinwandt
Improving over an earlier construction by Kaye and Zalka, Maslov et al. describe an implementation of Shor's algorithm which can solve the discrete logarithm problem on binary elliptic curves in quadratic depth O(n^2). In this paper we show that discrete logarithms on such curves can be found with a quantum circuit of depth O(log^2 n). As technical tools we introduce quantum circuits for GF(2^n) multiplication in depth O(log n) and for GF(2^n) inversion in depth O(log^2 n).
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Date: 1 July 2014
Type: Article
Publisher: Rinton Press
Yang Song, Xiaolin Shi, Ryen White, and Ahmed Hassan
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Date: 1 July 2014
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: ACM
Nicola Paoletti, Boyan Yordanov, Youssef Hamadi, Christoph M. Wintersteiger, and Hillel Kugler
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Date: 1 July 2014
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: Springer
Bernhard Haeupler and Dahlia Malkhi
Gossip algorithms spread information in distributed networks by having nodes repeatedly forward information to a few random contacts. By their very nature, gossip algorithms tend to be \emph{distributed} and \emph{fault tolerant}. If done right, they can also be \emph{fast} and \emph{message-efficient}. A common model for gossip communication is the random phone call model, in which in each synchronous round each node can PUSH or PULL information to or from a random other node. For example, Karp et al....
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Date: 1 July 2014
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: ACM
Aditya V. Nori, Chung-Kil Hur, Sriram K. Rajamani, and Selva Samuel
We present a new Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) sampling algorithm for probabilistic programs. Our approach and tool, called R2, has the unique feature of employing program analysis in order to improve the efficiency of MCMC sampling. Given an input program P, R2 propagates observations in P backwards to obtain a semantically equivalent program P0 in which every probabilistic assignment is immediately followed by an observe statement. Inference is performed by a suitably modified version of the...
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Date: 1 July 2014
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: AAAI
This annual event is for PhD students in their first or second year from universities and research institutions with which Microsoft Research partners, as well as all Microsoft Research PhD Scholars. It includes a series of talks of academic interest, transferable skills talks, and poster sessions that provide invited students the opportunity to present their work to Microsoft researchers.
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Date: 30 June–4 July 2014
Location: Cambridge, UK
Type: Other
Cecily Morrison, Neil Smyth, Robert Corish, Kenton O'Hara, and Abigail Sellen
Computer visions (CV) systems are increasingly finding new roles in domains such as healthcare. These collaborative settings are a new challenge for CV systems, requiring the design of appropriate interaction paradigms. The provision of feedback, particularly of what the CV system can “see,” is a key aspect, and may not always be possible to present visually. We explore the design space for audio feedback for a scenario of interest, the clinical assessment of Multiple Sclerosis using a CV system. We then...
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Date: 25 June 2014
Type: Article
Ke Zhai and Jason Williams
A key challenge for computational models of conversation is to discover latent structure in dialogue. This is particularly true for task-oriented dialogues, where the latent structure provides a basis for analysing, evaluating, and building conversational systems. In this paper, we propose three new unsupervised dialogue models to discover latent structures in task-oriented dialogues. Our methods synthesize hidden Markov models (for underlying state) and topic models (to connect words to states). We apply...
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Date: 23 June 2014
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: Association for Computational Linguistics
John Downs, Nicolas Villar, James Scott, Sian Lindley, John Helmes, and Gavin Smyth
We present Picco, a tiny situated display for drawings and simple animations, which are created on a dedicated tablet app. Picco was designed to support playful messaging in the workplace through a glanceable desktop device that would place minimal demands on users. Two studies of the device at work demonstrated how crafting was an expression of intimacy when the device was used to connect the workplace to the home, and a way of demonstrating skill and humor to a broad audience when messages were sent...
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Date: 21 June 2014
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: ACM
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