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Chuck Needham

Chuck Needham
MICROSOFT RESEARCH SUPPORT ENGINEER
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Projects

Kinect for Windows SDK beta

Coming later this spring, the Kinect for Windows SDK is a programming toolkit that will enable researchers and enthusiasts easy access to the capabilities offered by the Microsoft Kinect device connected to computers running Microsoft Windows 7.

 

 

Microsoft Tag

 Microsoft Tag connects real life with the digital world. Microsoft Tags are small, colorful codes that can be printed, stuck, or displayed just about anywhere. When you snap a Tag with the camera on your internet-enabled phone, additional information or experiences are automatically opened on your phone. There is no fumbling with URLs or texting short codes. Microsoft Tags can make product packages, posters, print-based ads, magazine articles, exhibit signage, billboards, storefronts, business card, or just about anything else, interactive.

Songsmith

Songsmith

Songsmith generates musical accompaniment to match a singer’s voice. Just choose a musical style, sing into your PC’s microphone, and Songsmith will create backing music for you. Then share your songs with your friends and family, post your songs online, or create your own music videos.

 

WorldWide Telescope

WorldWide Telescope

The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a rich visualization environment that functions as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground- and space-based telescopes in the world to enable seamless, guided explorations of the universe. 

 

 

 

People
Angel, Tambie
Angel, Tambie

Carbary, Tony
Carbary, Tony

Chandrasekaran, Nirupama
Chandrasekaran, Nirupama

Choudhury, Piali
Choudhury, Piali

Edelman Pelton, Alicia
Edelman Pelton, Alicia

Eversole, Adam
Eversole, Adam

Hart, Ted
Hart, Ted

Hughes, Richard
Hughes, Richard

Johnston, David
Johnston, David

Marriott, Ian
Marriott, Ian

Moeur, Robin
Moeur, Robin

Olynyk, Kirk
Olynyk, Kirk

von Veh, Curtis
von Veh, Curtis

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  • Microsoft Hyperlapse Pro
    Microsoft Hyperlapse is a new technology that creates smooth and stabilized time lapses from first-person videos. Want to show your friends what you saw on that 12-mile hike you took last weekend or let them experience how it felt to fly down the mountain on your recent ski trip? With Microsoft Hyperlapse, you can time lapse those experiences, distilling them into easily consumable, enjoyable experiences.
  • Sent2Vec
    Sent2vec maps a pair of short text strings (e.g., sentences or query-answer pairs) to a pair of feature vectors in a continuous, low-dimensional space where the semantic similarity between the text strings is computed as the cosine similarity between their vectors in that space. sent2vec performs the mapping using the Deep Structured Semantic Model (DSSM) proposed in (Huang et al. 2013), or the DSSM with convolutional-pooling structure (CDSSM) proposed in (Shen et al. 2014; Gao et al. 2014).
  • If-This-Then-That Programs and Descriptions Corpus
    This download primarily contains a list of URLs with paired natural language descriptions and code, as well as a separate of those URLs into training, development, and test data. In addition, code is included to help the downloader retrieve those URLs and their contents. This data is released in support of the ACL 2015 paper entitled “Language to Code: Learning Semantic Parsers for If-This-Then-That Recipes” by Chris Quirk, Raymond Mooney, and Michel Galley.
  • Tweet Entity Linking Data v2 Release (NEEL Challenge)
    Dataset and Evaluation code for the paper: “S-MART: Novel Tree-based Structured Learning Algorithms Applied to Tweet Entity Linking”. Releasing part of the datasets and python evaluation code used in the paper: S-MART: Novel Tree-based Structured Learning Algorithms Applied to Tweet Entity Linking, ACL 2015. Part of the data is based on the Making Sense of Microposts (#Microposts2014) Challenge (http://www.scc.lancs.ac.uk/microposts2014/challenge/index.html).
  • HMD Lens for Oculus Rift
    This zip file contains CAD files and source code necessary to build and use an improved lens for the Oculus Rift HMD. The source code works with the Unity game engine to correct the lens distortion for the Oculus display. The lens was automatically designed by the LensFactory program developed at Microsoft Research. The optical quality is significantly better than the lenses that come with the Oculus. The lens uses off the shelf lens elements from Edmund Optics.