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Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2008
Agenda for Tuesday, July 29, 2008

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Time/Theme

Room

Session

8:00-9:00

 

Continental Breakfast

9:00�10:00

Kodiak

Research Momentum: The Latest Technologies From Microsoft Research
Henrique (Rico) Malvar, Distinguished Engineer and Managing Director, Microsoft Research

Demonstrations: Dan Bohus, Microsoft Research; Ken Hinckley, Microsoft Research; Zhengyou Zhang, Microsoft Research

Presentation: The Latest Technologies From Microsoft Research

Presentation: Dan Bohus, Ken Hinckley, Situated Interaction

Presentation: Zhengyou Zhang, Personal Telepresence Station

Webcast: Research Momentum: The Latest Technologies From Microsoft Research


10:00-1:00

McKinley

DemoFest
DemoFest provides an opportunity for leading academic researchers to see a sampling of exciting results from Microsoft Research. This unique three-hour event also gives faculty a chance to talk one-on-one with Microsoft researchers and to see a few of the sponsored research projects from the External Research group.

11:45�12:00

 

Box Lunch Pickup

12:00�1:00

 

Lunch and Brown Bag Sessions

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Intelligent Web

Lassen

Tools for Network Science: A How to Guide 
Marc Smith, Microsoft Research

Network science is a growing interest in many disciplines. New tools from Microsoft Research make performing many basic network manipulations and visualization tasks as simple as using Excel. The (Excel) .NetMap add-in provides directed graph charting features within Excel, allowing users to create node-link diagrams with control over each node and edge color, size, transparency and shape. Since .NetMap builds within Excel, all of the controls and programmatic features of Office are available. Additional features of (Excel) .NetMap generate social networks from data sources like personal e-mail (drawing data from the Windows Desktop Search engine). Arbitrary edge lists (anything that can be pasted into Excel) can be visualized and analyzed in .NetMap. This session will provide a walk through the basic operation of .NetMap. Attendees are encouraged to bring an edge list of interest. Sample data sets will be provided. To download the Excel .NetMap Add-in and slides, go to the following Web site: here.

Presentation: Marc Smith, (Excel) .NetMap A Toolkit for Social Network Analysis

Webcast: Tools for Network Science: A How to Guide


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Computing Contributions for Education

St. Helens

REAssess: Resources for Educational Assessment
Stephen T. Kerr, University of Washington; Steven Tanimoto, University of Washington

While most faculty want to understand the impact of their teaching on students, few have the time or resources to engage in in-depth study to become assessment experts. REAssess: Resources for Educational Assessment is a new interactive assessment Web site that focuses on the computing, science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. The simple tools and resources included will help take the drudgery out of conducting educational assessment and offer ways to gain new insights into student learning. This session will introduce the REAssess Web site and tools and offer some lessons learned and future directions for the project.

Presentation: Stephen T. Kerr, Steven Tanimoto, REAssess: Resources for Educational Assessment

Webcast: REAssess: Resources for Educational Assessment


1:00-2:15

 

Break-out Sessions

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eScience

Baker

The Broader Impact of eScience � Discussion Panel
Daron G. Green, Microsoft Research (Moderator); Peter Lee, Carnegie Mellon; Adam Siepel, Cornell University; Wei Wang, University of North Carolina; Jeannette Wing, National Science Foundation

The predictions around the advent of eScience are slowly becoming reality for the scientific community. However, the implications�both near-and longer-term�for society in general are still unclear. It seems obvious that the broad availability of  �cyber-infrastructure� will have a impact on different non-scientific populations, but exactly what�and when? How does one become a Citizen-Scientist? How will we use/access eScience resources without even knowing it? This panel of experts will field this wide-ranging topic and provide their educated viewpoints on how eScience will soon blend into the very fabric of our everyday lives.

Presentation: Daron G. Green, The Broader Impact of eScience

Presentation: Peter Lee, eScience: Data, Computing, and Crowds

Presentation: Adam Siepel, Implications of eScience for Science and Society: A View from Genomics

Presentation: Wei Wang, eScience: Promoting Public Engagement

Presentation: Jeannette M. Wing, eScience for All: Not If, But When

Webcast: The Broader Impact of eScience


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Artificial Intelligence

Cascade

Artificial Intelligence Theory and Practice: Hard Challenges and Opportunities Ahead
Eric Horvitz, Microsoft Research (Moderator); Lise Getoor, University of Maryland; Carlos Guestrin, Carnegie Mellon University; James Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Joseph Konstan, University of Minnesota; Devika Subramanian, Rice University; Michael Wellman, University of Michigan 

This panel of leading researchers will discuss key challenges and opportunities in AI theory and practice, building on and extending topics covered in earlier breakout presentations, and bringing their own personal perspectives. 

Webcast: Artificial Intelligence Theory and Practice: Hard Challenges and Opportunities Ahead


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Manycore and Concurrency

Hood

National Engagements for Promoting Women in Computing
Jane Prey, Microsoft Research (Moderator); Lucy Sanders, National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT); Carla Schlatter Ellis, Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W); Elaine Weyuker From ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W); Telle Whitney, Anita Borg Institute (ABI).

This panel will present the goals and important activities of four major organizations working, often in cooperation, to improve the representation of women in technology � CRA�s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W), the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) and the Anita Borg Institute (ABI). Panelists will discuss their programs and present opportunities for active involvement. Highlighted will be a number of projects in which Microsoft has partnered with the organizations.

Presentation: National Engagements for Promoting Women in Computing

Webcast: National Engagements for Promoting Women in Computing


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Computing Contributions for Education

Lassen

One Decade of Microsoft Research in Asia
Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Microsoft Research Asia; Lolan Song, Microsoft Research Asia

This session will provide an overview of Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA), its organization, research areas, and accomplishments since its establishment in November 1998. As MSRA is approaching its 10th anniversary, Dr. Hon will provide a highlight of MSRA�s impact in academic community, product transfer, and his view for the future development. Lolan Song will give an overview of the academic collaboration programs in the Asia-Pacific region. There will be a brief Q&A session at the end of this talk.

Presentation: Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Microsoft Research Asia Overview

Webcast: One Decade of Microsoft Research in Asia


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Intelligent Web

Rainier

Stitching the World and Embracing Real Life with Virtual Earth
Blaise Aguera y Arcas, Microsoft Live Labs and Virtual Earth Research Lab; Bill Chen, Microsoft Virtual Earth Research Lab; Eyal Ofek, Microsoft Virtual Earth Research Lab; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research

In his talk entitled "Intelligent Webs of Photos (By Accident and By Design)," Blaise Aguera y Arcas will begin with a brief history of the developments in computer vision leading up Photo Tourism and Photosynth, technologies that allow geometric relationships between photos to be inferred automatically and used as navigational affordances. These techniques can be applied to existing image corpi on the Web, with varying degrees of success. He will then consider what can be done with Photosynth as a collaborative and/or community-oriented authoring tool. He will cover some new techniques developed for enhancing the navigability of such data, and the different challenges posed by authored synths (or synths "by design") and found or "accidental" synths.

Virtual Earth is a general platform for storing and accessing data with location information. In the second talk of the session, entitled �Geo-Positioned Media within the Context of Virtual Earth,� Eyal Ofek and Bill Chen will discuss the benefit of relating media within the context of Virtual Earth. They will address issues of geo-positioning media, its organization, and efficient storage and distribution by factoring repeating content. 

Presentation: Bill Chen, Eyal Ofek, Geo-Positioned Media within the Context of Virtual Earth

Presentation: Evelyne Viegas, Bill Chen, Virtual Earth� Academic Research Collaboration 2007 RFP

Webcast: Stitching the World and Embracing Real Life with Virtual Earth


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Computing Contributions for Education

St. Helens

Games for Learning: Understanding What Makes an Effective Game for Learning
Ken Perlin, New York University

This session will present a novel approach to the analysis and empirical evaluation of games that purport to be "games for learning," with the goal of creating a predictive set of design principles that can be tuned to the desired user base, game genre, and area of learning.

Presentation: Ken Perlin, Games for Learning: Understanding What Makes an Effective Game for Learning

Webcast: Games for Learning: Understanding What Makes an Effective Game for Learning


1:00-3:30

Kodiak

Design Expo
The Design Expo is a Microsoft Research forum where the top graduate design institutions showcase their prototype interaction design ideas. Microsoft Research sponsors a semester long class at leading interdisciplinary design schools and invites the top class projects to present their ideas as part of the Faculty Summit.

Presentation: Lili Cheng, Design Expo

Webcast: Introduction / Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, United States

Webcast: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Webcast: Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

Webcast: Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, United States

Webcast: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Webcast: University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States

Webcast: Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico

Webcast: Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology, Bangalore, India

Webcast: Dundee University, Scotland, United Kingdom

2:15-2:30

 

Break

2:30-3:45

 

Break-out Sessions

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Computing Contributions for Education

Baker

Networks, Social Science, and Education: Teaching, Linking, and Thinking About Connection 
Marc Smith, Microsoft Research (Moderator); Lada Adamic, University of Michigan; Karrie Karahalios, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Joseph Konstan, University of Minnesota; Cliff Lampe, Michigan State University

This panel of distinguished researchers has focused on computer-mediated, collective action�systems where many people come together and interact through computers. Each has been researching and teaching network science in general and social network science in particular. This panel will focus on the concepts, methods, and Internet services that enable �social networks� have had an impact in their classrooms and research.  

Presentation: Karrie Karahalios, Social Visualization: Communication, Signal, or Cue?

Presentation: Cliff Lampe, Using Social Network Sites in Education

Webcast: Networks, Social Science, and Education: Teaching, Linking, and Thinking About Connection


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Geographic Programs

Lassen

Computer Science Research in Latin America
Jaime Puente, Microsoft Research (Moderator)

This session will provide an overview of the research agenda in computer science in some Latin American countries, and a brief background about the organization and infrastructure of existing regional cooperation programs. Universities in the Latin America and Caribbean region are well positioned to become strategic partners in national innovation systems and strongly contribute to economic and social development. During this session, projects conducted by academic researchers in specific countries in Latin America will be discussed as examples of research success stories from this emerging region.

CmapTools: From Meaningful Learning to a Network of Knowledge Builders
Alberto Ca�as, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC)

Based on the Theories of Meaningful Learning and Education of Ausubel and Novak, we have developed software tools that allow users to collaborate in the construction of shared knowledge models based on concept maps. These tools are used worldwide by users of all disciplines and ages, from elementary school students to NASA scientists. In this talk, we'll discuss the software tools and how they are being used at the �Proyecto Conectate al Conocimiento� in Panama, an effort to transform public school education through appropriate use of technology that has led to a nationwide network of knowledge builders, and will describe the methodology on which this concept map-centered learning environment is based.

Pushing and Pulling Information From the Mexican Dataspace
Genoveva Vargas-Solar, French Council on Scientific Research (CNRS), Informatics Laboratory of Grenoble, French Mexican Laboratory of Informatics and Applied Automatic Control

The increasingly global economy calls for continuous access to information in a flexible and robust way through services that come up as a new paradigm for programming and organizing operations. At the same time, the emergence of ubiquitous computing introduces wireless and portable technologies that democratize access to information and services and thereby opens new research challenges for querying techniques that can cope with this novel dynamic execution environment. Research on query processing is still promising given the explosion of huge amounts of data largely distributed and produced by different means (sensors, devices, networks, analysis processes), and the requirements to query them to have the right information, at the right place, at the right moment. This challenge implies composing services available in dynamic environments and integrating this notion into query processing techniques. Academic and industrial efforts must address novel challenges on data/services querying that go beyond existing results for efficiently exploiting data stemming from many different sources in dynamic and multi-scale environments. This talk will discuss the challenges of  �modern data and services intensive systems� deployed on networks of heterogeneous devices, the so called ecosystem or dataspaces.

Presentation: Genoveva Vargas-Solar, Pushing and Pulling Information From the Mexican Dataspace

How Can Microsoft Help Geneticists?
Mayana Zatz, Human Genome Research Center, University of S�o Paulo

Human geneticists face problems that require each time more robust computer support and science such as: building up genealogies with hundreds of members and linking them up using a friendly system; improving micro arrays analysis; organizing the gigantic amount of data that will be progressively generated by the human genome. Some examples will be given during the talk opening the way for questions and suggestions.

Presentation: Mayana Zatz, How Can Microsoft Help Geneticists?

Webcast: Computer Science Research in Latin America


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Artificial Intelligence

Rainier

Browsing the Physical World in Real-Time
Feng Zhao, Microsoft Research (Moderator); Tarek Abdelzaher, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Magdalena Balazinska, University of Washington; Bora Beran, Microsoft Research; Prashant Doshi, The University of Georgia; Liqian Luo, Microsoft Research; Sebastian Michel, Ecole Polytechnique F�d�rale de Lausanne; Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft Research; Stewart Tansley, Microsoft Research (Moderator) 

As the 2007-2008 SensorMap RFP projects complete their work, we have invited a panel of researchers from some of these projects and others to discuss their experiences. These experiences include leveraging the SenseWeb/SensorMap platform to plan, deploy and monitor sensor experiments and analyze spatio-temporal sensor data, as well as lessons in integrating sensornet technologies with the Web and mapping tools such as Virtual Earth. 

Presentation: Feng Zhao, Introduction

Presentation: Magdalena Balazinska, Event Detection and Notification in the World-Wide Sensor Web

Presentation: Tarek Abdelzaher, Privacy and the Participatory Sensor Web

Presentation: Sebastian Michel, Environmental Monitoring 2.0

Presentation: Liqian Luo, SenseWeb and SensorMap

Presentation: Prashant Doshi, Semantic Reconciliation of Sensor Net Meta-Data

Presentation: Evelyne Viegas/Bill Chen, Virtual Earth� Academic Research Collaboration 2007 RFP

Webcast: Browsing the Physical World in Real-Time


3:45-4:00

 

Break

4:00-5:00

Kodiak

Closing Plenary Session/Creative Dialogue

4:00�4:30

Kodiak

Participation in a World of Choice: Open Source and Microsoft
Sam Ramji, Senior Director of Platform Strategy, Microsoft

Over the past ten years, increased access to computing resources and expanded connectivity have contributed to greater opportunity for more people to participate in the information communication technology (ICT) ecosystem as users, creators, or both than ever before. During this time, both open source software (OSS) communities and Microsoft have made significant contributions and experienced substantial growth. Sam Ramji leads a cross-disciplinary, cross-company community establishing practices to foster constructive and complementary relationships between Microsoft and OSS. This talk will describe the principles underlying Microsoft�s open source business, technical, and community participation strategy, summarize key milestones to date, and share a vision for the relationship between Microsoft and open source communities in the future. For more information, see: http://port25.technet.com/archive/tags/Sam+Ramji/default.aspx

Presentation: Sam Ramji, Participation in a World of Choice: Open Source and Microsoft

Webcast: Participation in a World of Choice: Open Source and Microsoft


4:30�5:15

Kodiak

Microsoft Research � Globally Advancing the State of the Art in Computing
Rick Rashid, Senior Vice President, Microsoft Research (Moderator)
P. Anandan, Managing Director, Microsoft Research India
Tony Hey, Corporate Vice President, External Research
Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Managing Director, Microsoft Research Asia
Roy Levin, Distinguished Engineer and Managing Director, Microsoft Research Silicon Valley
Rico Malvar, Distinguished Engineer and Director, Microsoft Research
Daniel A. Reed, Director of Scalable and Multicore Computing, Microsoft Research

Webcast: Microsoft Research � Globally Advancing the State of the Art in Computing


5:15-9:00

 

Summit at the Park Barbeque


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