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Meryl Alper
"Making a difference. One app at a time”? : Disability, Distinction, and Domestic AccessThe new media landscape for youth with communication disabilities is currently undergoing a significant technological and cultural shift. Costly traditional electronic speech aids (used most famously by physicist Stephen Hawking) are increasingly being replaced with more affordable, accessible, and socially acceptable tablet computers such as the Apple iPad and assistive speech apps. With these communication technologies, youth and their families have the potential to develop voice and assert more...
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Date: 9 January 2015
Duration: 00:56:39
Collection: Candidate Talk
David Blei
MSR NYC Data Science Seminar Series #3 - Topic Models and User BehaviorProbabilistic topic models provide a suite of tools for analyzing large document collections. Topic modeling algorithms discover the latent themes that underlie the documents and identify how each document exhibits those themes. Topic modeling can be used to help explore, summarize, and form predictions about documents. Topic modeling ideas have been adapted to many domains, including images, music, networks, genomics, and neuroscience.Traditional topic modeling algorithms analyze a document collection and...
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Date: 4 December 2014
Duration: 00:59:47
Collection: MSR NYC Data Science Seminar Series
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Date: 23 September 2014
Duration: 01:05:17
Collection: MSR NYC Data Science Seminar Series
Duncan Watts, Yann LeCun, Mor Naaman, Tony Jebara, and Jennifer Chayes
Duncan Watts - Opening RemarksYann LeCun - DemoMor Naaman - Data and People in Connective Media In five minutes or less, I will talk about how we use methods from social science, people-centered design, data science and machine learning to understand social media data large and small, and build new applications that help us make sense of the city from (public) social media data. I'll also say a word about Cornell Tech and our Connective Media hub. OK, six minutes may be needed to squeeze it all in.Tony...
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Date: 24 April 2014
Duration: 00:42:53
Collection: MSR NYC Data Science Seminar Series
Get to know Microsoft ResearchA quick peek at what's new at Microsoft Research.
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Date: 17 April 2014
Duration: 00:01:26
Publisher: Microsoft
Touchless Interaction in Medical SettingsIn the surgical theatre vascular surgeons are relient on live fluroscopy images to guide the opperation procedure. Our team has designed and developed a system for manipulating 3D volumetric vascular renderings. We are working on a second system assisting neurosurgeons with the manipulation of 3D brain scans. The aim of the project is to explore the use of touchless interaction within surgical settings, allowing images to be viewed, controlled and manipulated without contact through the use of camera-based...
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Date: 23 July 2012
Duration: 00:02:32
Publisher: Microsoft
Jed Brubaker
Departing Glances: A Sociotechnical Account of “Leaving” GrindrOn Grindr, a location-based social networking application aimed at gay men and their smartphones, the objective is to see and be seen. Within this context this study asks, “Why do users leave?” In contrast with previous literature on non-use that focuses on ubiquitous infrastructures or services, Grindr is a non-ubiquitous system that never the less has gained broad adoption with its target demographic. Drawing on qualitative interviews with sixteen men who have “left” Grindr, this paper explicates the...
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Date: 20 June 2012
Duration: 01:01:48
Nicole Immorlica
The Degree of Segregation in Social NetworksSocial networks form the basic medium of social interaction. The structure of these networks significantly impacts and co-evolves with the behavioral patterns of society. Important societal outcomes – the global reach of an epidemic, the degree of cooperation in an online network, the adoption of new technologies – are dictated by social networks.In this talk, we explore the impact of networks on segregation. In 1969, economist Thomas Schelling introduced a landmark model of racial segregation in which...
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Date: 5 April 2012
Duration: 01:18:14
Jon Kleinberg
Which Networks Are Least Susceptible to Cascading Failures?The spread of a cascading failure through a network is an issue that comes up in many domains: in the contagious failures that spread among financial institutions during a financial crisis, through nodes of a power grid or communication network during a widespread outage, or through a human population during the outbreak of an epidemic disease. Here we study a natural model of threshold contagion: each node is assigned a numerical threshold drawn independently from an underlying distribution, and it will...
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Date: 8 December 2011
Duration: 01:10:37
Jon Kleinberg
Computational Perspectives on Social Phenomena in On-Line NetworksWith an increasing amount of social interaction taking place in the digital domain, and often in public on-line settings, we are accumulating enormous amounts of data about phenomena that were once essentially invisible to us: the collective behavior and social interactions of hundreds of millions of people, recorded at unprecedented levels of scale and resolution. Analyzing this data computationally offers new insights into the design of on-line applications, as well as a new perspective on fundamental...
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Date: 7 December 2011
Duration: 01:15:33
eHeritagee-Heritage is the use of data transfer to help preserve cultural heritage. The first stage is acquisition, and developing how to identify and produce software to attain this. The Gigapixel Camera is used, along with the entire spectrum of color, to capture the highest degree of detail possible. Social responsibility is the cornerstone of the project, with conservation and presentation of cultural heritage in mind. Three-dimensional imagery provides an opportunity to find new data with regard to...
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Date: 27 September 2011
Duration: 00:18:27
Publisher: Microsoft
A public right to hear: Understanding what it means and why it matters onlineMicrosoft Researcher Mike Ananny discusses what personal freedom is, its evolving importance in online environments, and the role big-data systems play this emerging field.
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Date: 27 September 2011
Duration: 00:13:01
Collection: 20th Anniversary Lecture Series
Publisher: Microsoft
Health Care Decisions in the Information AgeBenjamin Handel of UC Berkley focuses on how individuals interact with the medical care sector to make important decisions. This involves using the information available and the incentives they face. The incentives can be financial and non-financial for both the consumer and the physician. For the consumer there can be the incentive of deductibles and high costs associated with switching plans. For physicians, fees are assigned to procedures. IT support in the health field is far behind IT support in other...
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Date: 27 September 2011
Duration: 00:11:36
Collection: 20th Anniversary Lecture Series
Publisher: Microsoft
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Date: 27 September 2011
Duration: 00:12:18
Collection: 20th Anniversary Lecture Series
Publisher: Microsoft
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Date: 27 September 2011
Duration: 00:37:44
Collection: 20th Anniversary Lecture Series
Publisher: Microsoft
Bill Thies
Wikipedia on TV-DVD for Low-Income CommunitiesWhile many technologies remain out-of-reach for households in the developing world, one exception to this rule is that of entertainment technologies. Even in poor communities, there is a strong drive to own devices such as TVs and, increasingly, DVD players. Though they are typically used for video content, ordinary DVD players also support rich interactivity and programmability, including the capability to browse over 100,000 menus using the remote control.In this work, we have stretched the limits of the...
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Date: 27 September 2011
Duration: 00:03:31
Publisher: Microsoft
Welcome to Microsoft Research CambridgeAndrew Blake, Microsoft distinguished scientist and managing director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, welcomes staff and gives an overview of Microsoft Research’s global labs. The mission of those labs are to expand the state of the art in each of the areas in which research is performed, to transfer innovative technologies rapidly into Microsoft products, and to ensure that Microsoft products have a future. Roger Needham helped with the original setup of Microsoft Research Cambridge in 1997, with Andrew...
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Date: 27 September 2011
Duration: 00:31:13
Publisher: Microsoft
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Date: 27 September 2011
Duration: 00:15:06
Collection: 20th Anniversary Lecture Series
Publisher: Microsoft
Conspicuous and Authentic: Fashion Blogs, Style, and ConsumptionMicrosoft Researcher Alice Marwick explores the global fashion blogging subculture and what motivates the people interacting in this community.
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Date: 27 September 2011
Duration: 00:11:00
Collection: 20th Anniversary Lecture Series
Publisher: Microsoft
Machine Learning and CrowdsourcingAdam Kalai of Microsoft Research New England—in association with Serge Belongie of the University of California, San Diego; Ce Liu of Microsoft Research New England; George Pierrakos of University of California, Berkeley; Ohad Shamir of Microsoft Research New England; and Omer Tamuz of the Weizman Institute of Science—explains the research focus and issues with machine learning and crowdsourcing. Much of machine learning works with similarity: how similar two separate items are to one another. Having...
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Date: 27 September 2011
Duration: 00:14:42
Collection: 20th Anniversary Lecture Series
Publisher: Microsoft
Communication, Computing, and TechnologyMadhu Sudan, principal researcher at Microsoft Research New England, discusses the differences between theoretical computation versus communication. “Communication,” in this context, refers to mobile phones, email, and other messages, while “computation” refers to things one does with a computer. These technologies are interdependent, and currently, one can no longer exist without the other. The contradiction lies in the practice where these technologies are being developed separately, creating missed...
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Date: 27 September 2011
Duration: 00:09:20
Collection: 20th Anniversary Lecture Series
Publisher: Microsoft
Six Provocations for Big DataWith big data come big responsibilities, specifically in the realm of social media. There is a hint an emergence of a philosophy that big data is all one needs and that other scientific methods and disciplines are becoming outdated and unimportant. But big data can be incomplete because of how fragile data sources such as the Internet can be. Different social behaviors can be mapped but not necessarily compared because of the social channels being used. For example, a relative to whom one is close might...
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Date: 27 September 2011
Duration: 00:12:38
Collection: 20th Anniversary Lecture Series
Publisher: Microsoft
Danah Boyd
Teen Privacy Strategies in Networked PublicsMicrosoft Researcher danah boyd’s research looks at the myths surrounding teens and privacy and the ways different teens reconcile technology with their public and private lives.
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Date: 27 September 2011
Duration: 00:14:10
Collection: 20th Anniversary Lecture Series
Publisher: Microsoft
Advancing the State of the Art: 20th Anniversary and BeyondAt Microsoft Research, we are celebrating over 20 years of turning ideas into products that continuously improve the way people interact with technology. We advance the state of the art in computer science through exploration and new approaches to solve large, complex problems.
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Date: 26 September 2011
Duration: 00:02:38
Publisher: Microsoft
Jessica Lingel
Interpreting the Community: Information Practices and/for DevianceDrawing on an ethnographic study with online as well as offline components, this paper investigates information practices related to underground body modification procedures used to permanently (and subversively) alter one’s appearance. In contrast to procedures that have gained a degree of cultural acceptance, such as ear piercing or moderate tattooing, the practices at the center of this paper are much more extreme, and, importantly, often illegal. Eighteen individual interviews were conducted with...
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Date: 15 August 2011
Duration: 00:39:56
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