Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds (22 April 2014)
[Speaker: Carmine Gallo] TED talks have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking around the world. TED and associated Tedx conferences are held in more than 130 countries and are being viewed at a rate of 1.5 million times a day.
Discovering and Exploring Overlapping Community Structures in Large Networks (22 April 2014)
[Speaker: Junming Yin] Networks are ubiquitous in our life. Examples include social networks, computer networks, and biological networks, among others.
Cryptography Primer Session 3 – Integral Asymmetric Functions (18 April 2014)
[Speaker: Josh Benaloh] This will be the third of six cryptography primer sessions exploring the basics of modern cryptography. In this session, we’ll explore integral asymmetric functions including Diffie-Hellman and RSA with an emphasis on how and why they work and the properties they enjoy. 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.
How Eye Tracking will Revolutionize Device Interaction (18 April 2014)
[Speaker: Dixon Cleveland] Perhaps the most important reason eye tracking will play an ever more crucial role in human computer interactions is that our eye activity is driven by subconscious processes in our brain. By providing insights into cognitive brain activity, monitoring eye movements has signifier potential to help programs interact with people in a more natural way.
FetchClimate: a tutorial (17 April 2014)
[Speaker: sadia Ahmed] Sadia 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.
Beyond voice recognition: Windows Phone's Cortana anticipates your needs (17 April 2014)
Cortana, 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.
Motion Estimation Revisited: An Estimation-Theoretic Approach (17 April 2014)
[Speaker: Rudolf Mester] The talk and the associated paper analyze some previously unexplored aspects of motion estimation that are fundamental both for discrete block matching as well as for differential ’optical flow’ approaches `a la Lucas-Kanade. It aims at providing a complete estimation-theoretic approach that makes the assumptions about noisy observations of samples from a continuous signal of a certain class explicit.
MonoFusion: Scanning objects in real time with a single web camera (17 April 2014)
This 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.
Quick Answers From Large Data (17 April 2014)
Tempe 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.
When Urban Air Quality Meets Big Data (17 April 2014)
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.
Holograph: 3-D spatiotemporal interactive data visualization (17 April 2014)
Holograph 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.
Immersive, Collaborative Data Visualization (17 April 2014)
This 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.
Planetary Predictions (17 April 2014)
Societies 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.
Printing Interactivity: Customizable 3-D Printing (17 April 2014)
Presenting 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.
SurroundWeb: Spreading the Web to Multiple Screens (17 April 2014)
Projectors, 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.
ViiBoard: Vision-Enhanced Immersive Interaction (17 April 2014)
ViiBoard 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.
Floating Display: Visual Cues for Gestural Interactions (17 April 2014)
Many 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.
HereHere NYC Provides Insight Into How Your Neighborhood Is Doing (17 April 2014)
HereHere 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.
Get to know Microsoft Research (17 April 2014)
A quick peek at what's new at Microsoft Research.
Entity-Centric Search: Querying by Entities and for Entities (16 April 2014)
[Speaker: Mianwei Zhou] The immense scale of the Web has rendered itself as a huge repository storing information about various types of entities (e.g., persons, companies). Much of information retrieval operations on the Web nowadays are about entities, i.e., entity-centric. When the concept of entity is involved in a retrieval operation, people are usually interested finding more information about some known entities, i.e.