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We have contributed to nearly every product Microsoft has shipped, including Kinect for Xbox, Cortana, cool free photography apps like Hyperlapse, and other programs that help secure your data in the cloud. We have world-renowned scientists at the forefront of machine learning, computer vision, speech, and artificial intelligence. Our external collaborations include efforts to prevent disease outbreaks and solve problems facing large cities such as traffic and pollution.

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Machine learning and AI

The next phase of Microsoft Academic: Intelligent bots at your service

Artificial intelligence bots that read, classify, and tag every document published to the web in real time are growing the massive collection of academic knowledge, called Microsoft Academic Graph, by one million articles per week.


Data science

Preventing flood disasters with Cortana Intelligence Suite

Learn how Cortana Intelligence Suite is being used to help researchers, federal agencies, commercial partners, and first responders close the gap between national flood forecasting and local emergency response.


Artificial intelligence

Horvitz receives ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award for groundbreaking artificial intelligence work

Eric Horvitz, a technical fellow and managing director of Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, research lab, received the ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award for groundbreaking contributions in artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction.


Open source AI

CNTK, Microsoft's open source deep learning toolkit, now available on GitHub

By increasing the speed at which computers can understand speech, the Computational Network Toolkit "is just insanely more efficient than anything we've ever seen," says researcher Xuedong Huang.


Academic research and computer science news