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Mimi Gardner Gates, Curtis Wong, Xudong Wang, and Hsiao-Wuen Hon
The Dunhuang Heritage: Digital Preservations and ChallengesDiscover the Buddhist caves of Dunhuang, a magnificent World Heritage site on the ancient Silk Road in northwest China. Here four major cultures – Greece and Rome, Persia and the Middle East, India, Central Asia and China – intersected for over 1,000 years, from the 4th to the 14th centuries. The historic, religious, and artistic importance of the site's 492 decorated cave temples will be briefly explored, conveying the artistic beauty and profound Buddhist meaning of this site. Equally compelling is the...
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Date: 17 July 2013
Duration: 01:27:45
Collection: MSR Talk Series
Harold Javid and Tony Hey
Welcome and Faculty Fellow Awards: 2013 Microsoft Research Faculty SummitTony Hey, vice president of Microsoft Research Connections, welcomes attendees to the 2013 Faculty Summit and provides an introduction of this year’s various focus areas for discussions and presentations. Harold Javid, director of Regional Programs at Microsoft Research Connections, introduces this year's seven recipients of the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, which recognizes promising new faculty members who are exploring breakthrough, high-impact research that has the potential to help solve some...
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Date: 15 July 2013
Duration: 00:13:35
Collection: Faculty Summit 2013
Publisher: Microsoft
Harold Javid
Research in Focus: Fueling the FutureHarold Javid, director of Regional Programs for Microsoft Research Connections, describes some of the projects and programs that are part of Microsoft Research's effort to 'fuel the future.' He discusses the Microsoft Research-FAPESP partnership that is fostering research and scientific development in Brazil, the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellows program, and the Microsoft Research internship program. This Research in Focus session was recorded during the 2013 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit.
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Date: 15 July 2013
Duration: 00:27:56
Collection: Faculty Summit 2013
Publisher: Microsoft
Stewart Tansley, Tim Pan, and Xilin Chen
Research in Focus: Sign Language TranslationToday, researchers are using Kinect’s amazing abilities in a host of applications, from surgery to virtual fitting rooms. Stewart Tansley of Microsoft Research, Tim Pan of Microsoft Research Asia, and Professor Xilin Chen of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have worked together to develop yet another great application of Kinect: the ability to bridge the deaf and the hearing worlds through sign language recognition. This Research in Focus session was recorded during the 2013 Microsoft Research Faculty...
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Date: 15 July 2013
Duration: 00:16:54
Collection: Faculty Summit 2013
Publisher: Microsoft
Kristin Tolle
Presentations from Women in Computing: Kristin Tolle on Computer Industry Research NowHear from researchers who are using computer science to solve some of the world’s most vexing problems and get insight into their current projects.In this video, Kristin Tolle discusses her work in Microsoft Research Connections, where her development efforts help facilitate time to discovery in various research areas.
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Date: 11 April 2013
Duration: 00:10:18
Publisher: Microsoft
Kristin Tolle
Profiles of Women in Computing: Kristin Tolle, DirectorLearn about the many great women in computing careers at Microsoft. Meet Kristin Tolle, director of development infrastructure in Microsoft Research Connections. She currently manages development efforts for environmental science and previously worked on the development of Microsoft Translator Hub, an extension of the Microsoft Translator platform that empowers businesses and communities to build customized automatic language translation systems.
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Date: 11 April 2013
Duration: 00:10:58
Publisher: Microsoft
Michael Johnson
AdvertisingIf you’re working on a Windows 8 app, you may be considering a monetization strategy that includes the use of ads. At this week’s AppxFest, we’ve got a resource from the Ad SDK team coming to talk about some tips and tricks for getting all out of your ads that you can.
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Date: 3 April 2013
Duration: 01:31:11
Collection: AppxFest
Bruce Nussbaum
Creative Intelligence: Harnessing the Power to Create, Connect, and InspireThe world is quickly changing in ways we find hard to comprehend. Successful methods of dealing with problems have become outmoded. To be successful, you can't just be good; you also need to be creative. In Creative Intelligence, innovation expert Bruce Nussbaum charts the making of a new literacy, 'Creative Intelligence', or CQ. From corporate CEOs trying to parse the confusing matrix of global business to K-12 teachers attempting to reach bored kids in increasingly wired classrooms, creativity is viewed...
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Date: 21 March 2013
Duration: 01:17:34
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Qiang Xu
Optimizing Mobile Application Performance through Network Infrastructure Aware Adaptation TechniquesDue to the emergence of smartphones and the ubiquitous wireless network deployment, smartphone user experience has been significantly enriched in recent years. However, the performance of mobile network applications is still far behind our expectation despite the rapid increase in the computational capabilities with more powerful processors and multi-core designs for mobile platforms. One of the fundamental reasons is that many mobile applications are unaware of or do not fully understand the mobile...
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Date: 21 February 2013
Duration: 01:22:49
Collection: Candidate Talk
Abraham Neyman
The 2012 Nobel Prize in EconomicsThe 2012 Nobel Prize in economics was awarded to Alvin E. Roth and Lloyd S. Shapley for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design. This theory concerns a central economic problem: how to match different agents or redistributed individual owned objects as well as possible. For example, students have to be matched with schools, and donated human organs with patients in need of a transplant. How can such matching be accomplished as efficiently as possible? What methods are beneficial...
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Date: 19 February 2013
Duration: 00:52:11
Collection: MSR Talk Series
Qiang Liu
Belief Propagation Algorithms for CrowdsourcingCrowdsourcing on platforms like Amazon's Mechanical Turk have become a popular paradigm for labeling large datasets. However, it has given rise to the computational task of properly aggregating the crowdsourced labels provided by a collection of unreliable and diverse annotators. On the other side, graphical models are powerful tools for reasoning on systems with complicated dependency structures. In this talk, we approach the crowdsourcing problem by transforming it into a standard inference problem in...
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Date: 29 January 2013
Duration: 00:53:24
Collection: MSR Talk Series
Alec Foege
The Tinkerers: The Amateurs, DIYers, and Inventors Who Make America GreatThe American tinkering spirit, a unique combination of untamed creativity and practical business sense, helped build the United States into the world’s greatest economic power. Home to the inventions of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, the Wright brothers and many more, the US has been a nation of tinkerers from its very beginning. Today’s American tinkerers are innovators, but they’re so much more: Brilliant, cockeyed dilettantes such as Segway inventor Dean Kamen, brain trust entrepreneur Nathan...
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Date: 25 January 2013
Duration: 01:16:33
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Nick Montfort
10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10A single line of code--the extremely concise BASIC program for the Commodore 64 inscribed in the title—is used as a lens through which to consider the phenomenon of creative computing and the way computer programs exist in culture. Nick Montfort, in collaboration with nine other authors, treat code not as merely functional but as a text--in the case of 10 PRINT, a text that appeared in many different printed sources--that yields a story about its making, its purpose, its assumptions, and more. They...
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Date: 17 January 2013
Duration: 01:16:33
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Ashwin Kamath
Windows Phone Garage: Building Awesome AppsCurrent Event: Building Awesome AppsBuilding apps can be easy but building awesome apps people love is hard. You can proactively make your apps awesome and there are some reactive ways too. We will go through the tools and resources that you can use to build awesome apps, faster and more efficiently.Agenda:6:00 PM – Arrive, mingle, get food6:30 PM – Presentation7:30 PM – Mingle, Q&A, etc.8:00 PM – Event ends
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Date: 10 January 2013
Duration: 01:03:37
Collection: Windows Phone Garage
Matthew E. May
The Laws of Subtraction: 6 Simple Rules for Winning in the Age of Excess EverythingThe world is more overwhelming than ever before. There is endless choice and feature overkill in all but the best experiences. Everybody knows everything about us. The simple life is a thing of the past. Author Matthew May argues that success in this new age looks different and demands a new skill: Subtraction. He defines this as the art of removing anything excessive, or having the discipline to refrain from adding it in the first place. And if subtraction is the new skill to be acquired, we need a...
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Date: 7 January 2013
Duration: 01:12:35
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Tomás Laurenzo
Facing InteractionHow can we communicate sensations and emotional states, in non-verbal ways, to others, ourselves, things, or even places? Under the assumptions that facial gestures are a sound window to somebody’s emotion, we constructed different art pieces and interactive prototypes that comprise different communication channels (haptic, visual, aural), and aim to help reflecting on communication itself, its poetry, and ourselves. This work was created with Qin Cai during my 2012 internship at MSR.
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Date: 20 December 2012
Duration: 00:58:28
Collection: MSR Talk Series
Ola Svensson
Approximating k-Median via Pseudo-ApproximationK-median is the problem where we wish to open k facilities so as to minimize the average distance each client has to its closest opened facility. The lack of progress on this central problem compared to facility location (a close relative) is partly due to the difficulty of handling the hard constraint that at most k facilities are allowed to be opened.In this talk we shall see that we can relax this constraint into a soft constraint with a 'violation-dependent' increase in the runtime. This gives a novel...
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Date: 18 December 2012
Duration: 00:40:45
Collection: MSR Talk Series
Meagan K. Rothschild
Working Playfully to Learn: The Roles of Mediated Environments for Meaning-MakingAttendees of this talk will gain a greater understanding of the roles that digital media play in learning and meaning-making across the span of childhood, and discover strategies for leveraging the power potential of digital worlds for learning and content engagement. Meagan Rothschild weaves together three of her studies from the course of her six-month Microsoft internship into a larger discussion framing “lifespan technologies” as the roles of digital media from the young through workforce development...
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Date: 10 December 2012
Duration: 01:09:59
Collection: MSR Talk Series
Zheng Dong
Building Net Trust in the Homes of SeniorsToday, those over 65 years old own more than one-third of all publicly traded value in the United States. Yet financial security mechanisms for the Internet have not been designed for this demographic. Locks and certificates do not meet their needs. Security indicators such as third-party blacklists have been utilized to block malicious websites and inform online browsing behaviors. In this talk, Zheng introduces the Net Trust system developed by the NSF-funded Ethical Technology in the Homes of Seniors...
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Date: 5 December 2012
Duration: 01:02:14
Collection: MSR Talk Series
James George
Computational artists through a virtual lens: CLOUDS documentary and depth enabledWe present CLOUDS, an upcoming documentary featuring new media artists in conversation about computational art and visual technology. The film contains interviews with over thirty international leaders in the field, captured using a Kinect paired to a DSLR video camera. Rendered in a realtime environment, CLOUDS depicts the artists as computational forms coexisting with their creations and engaging in an infinite conversation. The viewer navigates the virtual space following topics of interest and choosing...
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Date: 30 November 2012
Duration: 00:58:49
Collection: MSR Talk Series
Golan Levin
New-media arts inside and outside the research laboratoryThis talk considers some histories of arts-driven innovation in and out of computer research laboratories. Through artist residencies, 'renaissance teams', and other multidisciplinary innovation methods, high-technology research laboratories have knowingly (and sometimes unknowingly) engaged with new-media artists for nearly fifty years, yielding meaningful dividends in both culture and technology. The first generation of computer artists, in the 1960s, were wholly dependent on such labs for access; most...
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Date: 29 November 2012
Duration: 01:23:44
Collection: MSR Talk Series
Peter Hoffman
Life’s Ratchet: How Molecular Machines Extract Order from ChaosBelow the calm, ordered exterior of a living organism lies microscopic chaos. Our cells are filled with molecular machines, which, like tiny ratchets, transform random motion into ordered activity, and create the “purpose” that is the hallmark of life. Tiny electrical motors turn electrical voltage into motion, nanoscale factories custom-build other molecular machines, and mechanical machines twist, untwist, separate and package strands of DNA. The cell is like a city—an unfathomably, complex collection of...
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Date: 19 November 2012
Duration: 00:48:18
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Marie-José Montpetit
Content Everywhere: The Challenges of a Mobile, Wireless and Social ViewershipContent consumption is moving to the multi-screen and to the device ecosystem of the new wireless landscape. Deploying any content-centric solutions now requires multidisciplinary approaches for designing the networks that will support the services as well as of the capabilities of the different devices that will render the experience. In particular, as video has moved onto the Internet and to wireless networks, the traditional delivery value chain is becoming obsolete: video and TV content is nowadays...
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Date: 5 November 2012
Duration: 01:13:02
Collection: MSR Talk Series
Joichi Ito
Innovation in Open Networks and the MIT Media LabThe combination of Moore's law and the Internet has changed everything. Innovation happens on the edges in ecosystems where standards are developed in non-governmental bodies, where intellectual property can become more of a burden to agility than an asset and where planning can cost more than doing. This massive reduction of the cost of production, distribution and collaboration has created an explosion of innovation in consumer Internet and software through startups. Hardware and biotech are going...
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Date: 1 November 2012
Duration: 01:09:18
Collection: MSR Talk Series
George Church
Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and OurselvesRegenesis provides a fascinating overview of the emerging discipline of synthetic biology and the wonders it can produce: from new drugs and vaccines to biofuels and resurrected wooly mammoths. Geneticist George Church and science writer Ed Regis team up to explore how scientists are now altering the nature of living organisms by modifying their genomes, or genetic makeup. Recounting the evolution of life forms from the Hadean geologic era (3.8 billion years ago) through the present, the authors describe...
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Date: 29 October 2012
Duration: 00:47:54
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
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