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sadia Ahmed
FetchClimate: a tutorialSadia Ahmed explains how to use FetchClimate: a fast, free, intelligent climate information service that operates over the cloud to return exactly the information you need.
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Date: 17 April 2014
Duration: 00:03:15
Publisher: Microsoft
Beyond voice recognition: Windows PhoneCortana, the world’s first truly personal digital assistant, is available soon on Windows Phone 8.1. Powered by Bing, Cortana is driven by state-of-the-art algorithms using natural language, machine learning, and contextual signals that benefit from advances incubated at Microsoft Research. This approach uses the massive clickstream-feedback loop of web search, along with additional semantics and data. This approach enables Cortana to grow in breadth of domains that cover the web: from the more common...
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Date: 17 April 2014
Duration: 00:01:53
Publisher: Microsoft
Immersive, Collaborative Data VisualizationThis project uses head-mounted displays, Kinect skeletal tracking, a custom hardware controller, and a large display for the public to watch vicariously. Individuals enter a virtual-reality environment created using the WorldWide Telescope and navigate through a virtual 3-D universe in orbit with the International Space Station—or inside a brain cell. The system delivers the capability for an external audience to watch avatars of the individuals exploring the environment and monitor their progress, while...
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Date: 17 April 2014
Duration: 00:03:32
Publisher: Microsoft
Quick Answers From Large DataTempe is an interactive system for exploring large data sets. It accelerates faster machine learning by facilitating quick, iterative feature engineering and data understanding. Tempe is a combination of three technologies:Trill: a high-speed, temporal, progressive-relational stream-processing engine 100 times faster than StreamInsight. WINQ: a layer that emulates LINQ but provides progressive queries—providing “best effort” partial answers. Stat: an interactive, C# integrated development environment that...
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Date: 17 April 2014
Duration: 00:02:44
Publisher: Microsoft
Printing Interactivity: Customizable 3-D PrintingPresenting two new technologies that empower consumers to design and produce working physical devices customized to their particular needs: A highly interactive, touch-first 3-D printing app makes 3-D modeling accessible to a broad range of consumers. It uses the 3-D printer support in Windows 8.1 and adds an intuitive, block-based editor. A technique enabling users to create working interactive devices cheaply and easily, based on recent advances in conductive inks coupled with a new type of modular...
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Date: 17 April 2014
Duration: 00:04:38
Publisher: Microsoft
Planetary PredictionsSocieties and governments around the world want to know how the biosphere is likely to change and what we can do to avoid or mitigate against it. Current models used to provide that information, though, are akin to miniature computer games: black boxes that convey almost no sense of confidence in their reliability. This problem can be addressed objectively by combining machine learning with process-based modeling to enable assessment and comparison of alternative model formulations to identify key sources...
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Date: 17 April 2014
Duration: 00:02:41
Publisher: Microsoft
Floating Display: Visual Cues for Gestural InteractionsMany people are working on near-field user-interface devices that detect hover, gesture, and pose. But there is nothing in the space in front of a device to show the user what to do. This project introduces a floating display that hovers over the device, providing visual cues for gestural interactions.
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Date: 17 April 2014
Duration: 00:02:42
Publisher: Microsoft
SurroundWeb: Spreading the Web to Multiple ScreensProjectors, tablets, and other devices, combined with depth cameras, enable applications to span multiple 'screens.' This work enables webpages to be experienced outside of your PC monitors to take advantage of all your devices in concert. For example, a karaoke webpage could use your phone, tablet, big-screen television, and projectors to provide an awesome entertainment experience. Webpages also are enabled to “see” objects in the room and respond to them -- all while preserving privacy from the owner of...
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Date: 17 April 2014
Duration: 00:03:04
Publisher: Microsoft
ViiBoard: Vision-Enhanced Immersive InteractionViiBoard is a system for remote collaboration through a digital whiteboard (PPI) that gives participants an immersive, 3-D experience with enhanced touch capability. ViiBoard emulates writing side by side on a physical whiteboard or, alternatively, on a mirror, through 3-D processing of depth images and life-sized rendering. Additional vision techniques, such as hand-gesture recognition, are integrated to understand users’ intentions before they touch the board, simplifying the interaction with a PPI,...
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Date: 17 April 2014
Duration: 00:03:17
Publisher: Microsoft
Holograph: 3-D spatiotemporal interactive data visualizationHolograph is an interactive, 3-D data-visualization research platform that can render static and dynamic data above or below the plane of the display using a variety of 3-D stereographic techniques. The platform enables rapid exploration, selection, and manipulation of complex, multidimensional data to create and refine natural user-interaction techniques and technologies, with the goal of empowering everyone to understand the growing tide of large, complex data sets.
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Date: 17 April 2014
Duration: 00:02:55
Publisher: Microsoft
MonoFusion: Scanning objects in real time with a single web cameraThis project offers a method for creating 3-D scans of arbitrary environments in real time, utilizing only a single RGB camera as the input sensor. The camera could be one already available in a tablet or a phone, or it could be a cheap web camera. No additional input hardware is required. This removes the need for power-intensive active sensors that do not work robustly in natural outdoor lighting. In seconds, a user can generate a compelling 3-D model, which can be used in augmented reality, for 3-D...
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Date: 17 April 2014
Duration: 00:02:09
Publisher: Microsoft
When Urban Air Quality Meets Big Data Urban air quality -- the concentration of PM2.5 -- is of great importance in protecting human health. While there are limited air-quality-monitor-stations in a city, air quality varies by location significantly and is influenced by multiple complex factors, such as traffic flow and land use. Consequently, people cannot know the air quality of a location without a monitoring station. This project infers real-time, fine-grained air-quality information throughout a city, based on air-quality data reported by...
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Date: 17 April 2014
Duration: 00:03:12
Publisher: Microsoft
HereHere NYC Mines Data for Emotional InsightHereHere NYC is a research project that enables neighborhoods to generate opinions based on public data. The project summarizes how your neighborhood, or other New York City neighborhoods of interest, are doing via a daily email digest, neighborhood-specific Twitter feeds, and status updates on a map. The goals are to:Create compelling stories with data to engage larger communities. Invent light daily rituals for connecting to the hyperlocal. Using characterization as a tool to drive data engagement....
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Date: 17 April 2014
Duration: 00:03:34
Publisher: Microsoft
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
Damien Zufferey
Analysis of Message-Passing Concurrency: The Challenges of Asynchrony, Mobility, and FaultsAsynchronous message-passing concurrency is a natural model for many services and event-driven systems ranging from device drivers to smartphones and the cloud. Interactions between the systems' components or with the environment occurs through the exchange of messages. Developing such systems is challenging as the number of possible executions, e.g. message interleaving, makes it hard to catch and reproduce bugs. In this talk, I will present methods to help the programmer in this task, and verify those...
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Date: 14 April 2014
Duration: 01:14:30
Collection: Candidate Talk
A Conversation with Turing Award Winner Leslie LamportLarry Larsen from Channel 9 recently sat down with Leslie Lamport, principal researcher at Microsoft Research and 2013 Turing Award winner, to talk about the impact of his work on computer science, his current passions, and his love of mathematics.
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Date: 14 April 2014
Duration: 00:22:44
Publisher: Microsoft
Chi-yao Hong
Software Defined TransportAbstract: Cloud network infrastructures, such as datacenter and inter-datacenter networks, are increasingly expected to provide vital support for cloud applications such as online services, big data processing, large graph/matrix computation, and distributed storage. The large variety of cloud applications have demanded a diverse range of network service requirements such as minimizing flow completion times, optimizing network utilization, meeting latency targets, and satisfying fairness constraints across...
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Date: 10 April 2014
Duration: 01:16:48
Collection: Candidate Talk
Elevating human-computer interaction to a new level of sophisticationThe Situated Interaction project, a research effort co-led by Eric Horvitz, a Microsoft distinguished scientist and managing director of Microsoft Research Redmond, and his colleague Dan Bohus, focuses on enabling many forms of complex, layered interaction between machines and humans.
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Date: 8 April 2014
Duration: 00:04:52
Publisher: Microsoft
Fernando Brandao
The Complexity of Quantum EntanglementQuantum mechanics predicts the existence of correlations among two or more quantum systems that cannot be described merely by shared randomness. Such correlations, termed entanglement, have been analyzed from a foundation perspective since the beginning of quantum theory and, more recently, as a resource for quantum information-theoretic tasks. A fundamental problem in entanglement theory is the following: given the description of a quantum system of two or more parties as a density matrix (a positive...
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Date: 7 April 2014
Duration: 01:10:57
Collection: Candidate Talk
Bill McGowan
Pitch Perfect: How to Say It Right the First Time, Every TimeSaying the right thing the right way can make the difference between sealing the deal or losing the account, getting a promotion, or getting a pink slip. It’s essential to be pitch perfect—to get the right message across to the right person at the right time. In Pitch Perfect, Bill McGowan shows you how to craft the right message and deliver it using the right language—both verbal and nonverbal.Pitch Perfect teaches you how to overcome common communication pitfalls using McGowan’s simple Principles of...
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Date: 7 April 2014
Duration: 00:59:26
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Dafna Shahaf
The Aha! Moment: From Data to InsightThe amount of data in the world is increasing at incredible rates. Large-scale data has potential to transform almost every aspect of our world, from science to business; for this potential to be realized, we must turn data into insight. In this talk, I will describe two of my efforts to address this problem computationally: The first project, Metro Maps of Information, aims to help people understand the underlying structure of complex topics, such as news stories or research areas. Metro Maps are...
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Date: 7 April 2014
Duration: 00:50:32
Collection: Candidate Talk
George Porter
Going Beyond Scalability to Build Resource-Efficient Data Center Networked SystemsIt is now common for individual applications such as search engines and social networks to serve a billion users. Enabling that growth has been a relentless pursuit of scalability, in hardware and software, that has culminated in expensive and power-hungry data centers. Yet the delivered performance of these systems often lags behind their potential capability by an order of magnitude or more.In this talk, I will describe two projects focused on improving data center resource efficiency. The first is a...
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Date: 7 April 2014
Duration: 01:11:32
Collection: Candidate Talk
Josh Benaloh
Cryptography Primer Session 2 – Symmetric PrimitivesThis will be the second of six cryptography primer sessions exploring the basics of modern cryptography. In this session, we’ll explore symmetric ciphers, primitives, and protocols – including AES, cipher modes, hash functions, and message authentication.Subsequent sessions (on alternating Fridays) are expected to include the following topics. Depending on the interests of the participants, other topics may be included or substituted. • Integer asymmetric functions including BigNums, Diffie-Hellman,...
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Date: 4 April 2014
Duration: 01:10:31
Collection: MSR Talk Series
Shape-Writing Enhancements for Windows PhoneOn January 16, 2014, Microsoft researchers and Windows Phone engineers set out to challenge the Guinness World Records fastest text message using a touch-screen mobile phone record.Typing on a touchscreen device without having to look at the screen could be extremely useful in cases when it’s either dangerous, interruptive or impolite to text. Microsoft researchers developed a novel UX and robust decoder to shape write in groups of characters. To demonstrate the feasibility of this approach, the research...
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Date: 4 April 2014
Duration: 00:01:12
Publisher: Microsoft
Bruce Hunter Thomas Sr. and Ross Smith
User Interfaces for Spatial Augmented RealityThis talk explores the current research in Spatial Augmented Reality (SAR). Instead of the users wearing or carrying the display such as for head mounted displays or handheld devices; SAR makes use of digital projectors to display perspectively correct graphical information onto physical objects. The key difference in SAR is that the display is separated from the users of the system. Because the displays are not associated with each user, SAR scales naturally up to groups of users, thus allowing for...
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Date: 3 April 2014
Duration: 01:13:25
Collection: MSR Talk Series
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