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Faculty Summit 2012

July 16–17, 2012 | Redmond, Washington, United States

Faculty Summit 2012Technological advancement has always been driven by the need to solve real-world problems, whether social or scientific. Today, computing research and technology continue to provide novel approaches to meeting such challenges. From using analysis to assist with development and algorithms for handling elections and detecting malware, to the potential of the digital home and natural user interfaces, software is experiencing rapid change, and being at the heart of that change is tremendously exciting. With the expansion of the Internet and increased use of social media; malware detection, crowdsourcing, and social search are major topics that are coming to the fore.

The 2012 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit united academic researchers; educators; and Microsoft researchers, product group engineers, and architects to explore these and other new opportunities and challenges in computer science research.

  • Presentation slides and videos are now available on the agenda page.

On-Demand Streaming Video

For the first time this year, we streamed the Faculty Summit live on the web. Some of these sessions are now available on the virtual event page. More on-demand videos from the event will be posted to this page soon.

Streamed live sessions included the keynotes from the Faculty Summit as well as engaging interviews with scientific and academic researchers who discussed their work on some of today's top computer science and research challenges.

During the virtual event, viewers had the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with Microsoft researchers, academic researchers, and scientists in real time on Twitter by using the hashtag #FacSumm.

Keynote Speakers

David Breashears  Eric Horvitz  Rick Rashid  
David Breashears 

Founder and Executive Director of GlacierWorks

Eric Horvitz

Distinguished Scientist, Microsoft Research


Rick Rashid

Chief Research Officer, Microsoft Research



Judith Bishop Susan Dumais Harold Javid
Judith Bishop 

Director, Computer Science, Microsoft Research


Susan Dumais 

Research Manager, Microsoft Research


Harold Javid

Director, Regional Programs, Microsoft Research


About the Faculty Summit

Each year, Microsoft Research hosts an annual faculty summit. Leading academic researchers and educators join with Microsoft researchers to explore the latest research results, collectively discuss the challenges faced by the community, search for the best approaches for addressing those challenges, and identify new research opportunities. The participants’ range of interests and the breadth of the technical areas covered in the program ensure a unique experience and provide a venue for meeting with colleagues and friends from a wide variety of computing disciplines.

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