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Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2011

The following presentations will be available through live streaming video while the conference is in session. The following agenda displays only the sessions that will be streamed.

Monday, July 18, 2011







Welcome and Introduction—Tony Hey, corporate vice president, Microsoft Research

Tony will welcome the attendees of Faculty Summit 2011 and provide a short overview of our collaboration with the research community. He will highlight some of our successful projects and programs and discuss some promising areas for collaboration that hold a high degree of potential value for both academia and Microsoft.

12:00–15:00 Design Expo

Chair: Curtis Wong, Microsoft Research


Opening/Welcome Distinguished CriticsCurtis Wong and Mike Kasprow 

  Teams and Presentations

Origin—University of Washingon, Seattle, WA, United States
Daniya Ulgen, Vu Chu, Jason Wong, Ben Mabry, and Nicholas Smith 

In recognition of the shortcomings of current file management systems, Origin seeks to improve the way in which data is tagged, making its operation far more organic (or brain-like) than any typical system. By tagging data with contextual markers, it delivers users what they want, when they want it without degrading opportunities to search for other data.


Voglia—Iuav University of Venice, Venice, Italy
Alice Mortaro, Valeria Refratti, and Amanda Rezza 

The Venice brief, "Thicker than Water," asked students to invent, design, and prototype a system that allows real-time, interactive, but non-verbal communication between dispersed family members. The focus was on sharing emotions, intimacy, and background sensation. Voglia is a connected device, designed as a jewelry pendant, allowing close bodily communication between a couple who are physically apart.


In-NEED—The Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto, Canada
Nermin Moufti and Fareena Chanda 

In-NEED is a system for managing the community’s response to natural disasters through the use of mobile technologies. In-NEED addresses the humanitarian need of pre-emptive “survivor” systems/networks that engage and mobilize people within the community to act and share existing resources to mitigate the impact of natural disasters in the all-important hours directly preceding the event. By using existing technologies, localized platforms, and developing low-cost community nodes, In-NEED serves as a virtual survival kit.


Walk.It—New York University | Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York City, NY
, United States
Jennifer Ho, Doug Thistlewaite, Jihyun Moon, and Miguel Bermudez 

Walk.It is an online platform that allows anyone to create and share neighborhood maps that mimic the same personality and charm of a hand-drawn map from a friend. Believing that the form of the map breeds comfort and familiarity, along with the connected power of community and curation, Walk.It is designed to foster exploration and investigation.


Porta Vox—Ibero Universidad de México, Mexico City, Mexico 
Fernanda Diez, Mariana Pintado, Julio Palomino, and Ricardo Gómez 

It is well known that in many urban centers crime of any kind—but particularly those of a violent nature—are seldom reported. Porta Vox is a system that creates a community-reporting tool that helps track and reduce incidents of crime in urban areas. The belief is that by making the means of reporting present, simple, and connected, it can reduce the stigma and fear that is associated with reporting. The intended outcome is to reduce crime and the fear of crime, thus making cities eminently more livable.


Apart – Together—Tongji University, Shanghai, China  

Wei Wang, Hong Chen, Choi Yuna, and Ismo Sutela

The Tongji University project team of interdisciplinary students has focused on the growing trend of parents leaving behind their children in second and third tier cities for the large first-tier cities in hopes of finding better economic opportunities. This trend is growing quickly, currently effecting more than 130 million parents and more than 50 million children who are now being raised by their grandparents. This separation between parent and children has a huge emotional impact and introduces some unique challenges of Chinese society today. The Apart – Together team has focused on a solution to improve the emotional bond between children and parents that are currently living in this situation.


ClosingCurtis Wong and Mike Kasprow  


Plenary Session


Neither Basic Nor Applied: Lessons from Computing Research in Academia, Government, and Now Industry—Peter Lee, distinguished scientist and managing director, Microsoft Research

I've been on a bit of a journey, going from academic, to government, and now to industrial research organizations. What I've learned along the way is that computing research is different. Unlike most sciences, distinctions such as "basic" versus "applied" don't really apply to computing research. Furthermore, recently popularized concepts such as "Pasteur's Quadrant" are far too limited to be useful.


In this talk, I'll describe my journey and how this has shaped my view of computing research. I'll explain how this has affected my plans for Microsoft Research Redmond and in the process introduce the DemoFest, which features examples that illustrate the uniqueness of computing's intoxicating blend of invention, discovery, and engineering. I'll conclude with some comments on why this is so important to the success of both Microsoft and, more broadly, the computing field.



Tuesday, July 19, 2011




Closing Plenary Sessions


Presentation of Awards—Rick Rashid, senior vice president, Microsoft Research 


Keynote: Vision-based Natural User Interfaces—Rick Szeliski, Microsoft Research

Chair: Kristin Tolle, Microsoft Research

Even though computer vision remains one of the great unsolved Grand Challenges of computing, vision techniques are maturing at a rapid pace and finding their way into a large number of applications. Among these are natural user interfaces based on a visual understanding of scenes, actions, and three-dimensional data.


In this talk, I survey a number of computer vision technologies that were developed at Microsoft Research over the last decade, including:

  • Recognizing human poses and actions for range data (Kinect)
  • Segmenting and recognizing organs in three-dimensional (3-D) medical images
  • Stitching together dozens to hundreds of photographs for seamless navigation of panoramas, street side images, and 3-D object movies
  • Recognizing manufactured objects with your cell phone for quick comparison shopping

I will also discuss some of the challenging open problems in our field.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011




Closing Plenary Sessions



Closing Keynote: Future Social Experiences—Lili Cheng, Microsoft Research

Chair: Dennis Gannon, Microsoft Research

Today, social software, which was initially embraced by youth who were interested in self-expression, meeting new people, and staying in touch with friends, influences a broad set of people—including traditional companies, governments, and people of all ages. It has changed the way people socialize online, making words such as: "liking," "friending," "status," and "tweeting" commonplace.

In designing future social experience, we explore:

  • Where is social software trending?
  • How does research and innovation in this fast-paced area differ from other traditional areas in computer science?
  • How might we use lessons learned from social software to influence learning and education in the area of science and technology?

What we see today, the Internet and social networks connecting people via status messaging, is just a beginning. It is our hope that social software can deliver in its promise to motivate people to action, improve the quality of life and social wellbeing, and help us solve meaningful problems and create amazing things together.

Closing RemarksJudith Bishop, Microsoft Research; Dennis Gannon, Microsoft Research