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We're dedicated to basic and applied research in computer science & software engineering. Hear from three summer interns on the #MSRPodcast:

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Hear the stories of three interns, each of whom came to Microsoft Research from a different field, with a different story and a different perspective. Discover their passion for finding innovative solutions to the world’s toughest challenges on the #msrpodcast. Click the link in our bio to listen now.  #microsoft #research #msftresearch #science #sciences #coding #deeplearning #tech #technology #design #engineer #engineers #hardware #programming #innovation #future #geek #computing #machinelearning #interns #internship
Meet Lilian de Greef, a summer intern at Microsoft Research with the NExT group.  Learn more - "I am a PhD student at the University of Washington with an NSF fellowship and Microsoft Research PhD fellowship, advised by Shwetak Patel in the Ubiquitous Computing Lab. Within the broad spectrum of ubiquitous computing, my interests include computer vision, embedded systems, machine learning, and HCI.  My current research focuses on improving access to medical care, using low cost commodity hardware with trained image analysis and innovative user interface design.  My internship is focused on improving CHAMP, a system for monitoring infants with single ventricle heart disease during the critical months between their first and second heart surgeries. A hospital care team examines daily records of these patients, such as oxygen saturation and 15 second videos, collected and sent by parents through a CHAMP tablet.  While the creation of CHAMP in the last few years has dramatically decreased mortality rates, most patients still experience costly emergency room trips and unplanned hospital readmissions. I am working on leveraging AI to help care teams discover medical complications sooner, enabling even more proactive interventions that could mitigate these issues." #microsoft #research #msftresearch #sciences #interns #microsoftlife #internship #tech #technology #design #innovation #ai #healthcare #healthai #hci #computervision #machinelearning
Meet Kate Tolstaya, a summer intern at Microsoft Research with the Adaptive Systems and Interaction group.  Ekaterina (Kate) Tolstaya is a doctoral student in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.  She received B.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of Maryland, in 2016, and the M.S.E. degree in Robotics from University of Pennsylvania, in 2017. Her research interests include reinforcement learning, aerial robotics, and multi-agent systems.  This summer at Microsoft Research, Kate is working with Ashish Kapoor on inverse reinforcement learning for understanding patterns in real air traffic data and to develop air traffic control algorithms for that mimic human operators.  They envision dense airspaces where both human controlled and autonomous aerial vehicles can safely operate at the same time.  #microsoft #research #msftresearch #sciences #interns #microsoftlife #internship #tech #technology #compsci #machinelearning #innovation #robotics #drones
Meet John Emmons, a summer intern at Microsoft Research with the Mobility and Networking group.  Learn more- "I am a second year PhD Student from Stanford University advised by Keith Winstein and Silvio Savarese. My research interests are broadly at the intersection of computer systems and machine learning (specifically computer vision). My current work focuses on building systems that accelerate video compression, transmission, and semantic understanding.  The vast majority of the video data generated won’t ever be seen by human eyes, only automated methods, like deep neural networks (DNNs), will “watch” it. So I am developing a new video compression method tailored specifically to the needs of an audience of DNNs (e.g. object detection, face recognition, activity recognition networks), not humans." #microsoft #research #msftresearch #sciences #interns #microsoftlife #internship #tech #technology #compsci #machinelearning #innovation #video #compression
Dr. Nancy Baym is a #communication scholar and something of a #cyberculture maven. She shares insights on a host of topics ranging from the maintenance requirements of social media to the dialectic tension between connection and #privacy on the #msrpodcast. Click the link in our bio to listen now.  #microsoft #research #msftresearch #science #sciences #coding #deeplearning #tech #technology #design #engineer #engineers #hardware #programming #innovation #future #geek #computing #machinelearning #ai #minecraft #malmo #aiagents
We’re hiring! Stop by the Microsoft booth at #eccv2018 and talk to Ioana and Dominika to learn more about opportunities with Microsoft. Click the link in our bio to explore open positions and our full schedule.  #microsoft #msftresearch #compviz #computervision #programming #sciences #research #hololens #kinectforazure #surfacestudio #techjobs #eccv
Meet Lillie Pentecost, a summer intern at Microsoft Research.  Lillie's general research interests are in specialized hardware and software-hardware co-design, and her current work focuses on enabling efficient deep learning.  She received her B.A. in Physics and Computer Science from Colgate University in 2016, and she is currently pursuing her PhD in Computer Science at Harvard University, where she works with David Brooks and Gu-Yeon Wei. "As a variety of hardware solutions for enabling DNN training and inference crop up across academia and industry, there is a surprising lack of quantitative workload characterization and profiling related to the performance of different DNN workloads.  In addition to cataloging and verifying existing profiling capabilities in popular machine learning frameworks (Tensorflow, PyTorch, MXNet), my project has included analysis of a sample DNN topology of interest (transformer-based translation models) at the algorithmic level to derive intuition related to model performance and opportunities for hardware acceleration, which is in turn informed by the results of profiling model training and inference on a variety of hardware platforms." #microsoft #research #msftresearch #sciences #interns #microsoftlife #internship #tech #technology #compsci #machinelearning #innovation #dnn #hardware
Stop by the Microsoft booth at #eccv2018 all week for HoloLens and Kinect for Azure demos. Don't forget to vote for your favorite coding non-profit on Twitter! The organization with the most votes will receive a donation from Microsoft. Click the link in our bio learn more.  #msftresearchgives #microsoft #research #msftresearch #science #sciences #coding #deeplearning #tech #technology #design #engineer #engineers #hardware #programming #innovation #computervision #compviz #hololens #azure #kinectforazure #surfacestudio
Visit the Microsoft booth at #eccv2018 for demos of Kinect for Azure, HoloLens and the Surface Studio all week. You can also chat with our experts and learn about exciting job opportunities. Click the link in our bio to see our full list of workshops and sessions.  #microsoft #research #msftresearch #science #sciences #coding #deeplearning #tech #technology #design #engineer #engineers #hardware #programming #innovation #computervision #compviz #hololens #azure #kinectforazure #surfacestudio
Meet @yuhangzhao_zz, a summer intern at Microsoft Research with the Ability Research group.  Yuhang Zhao is a senior PhD student from Cornell Tech, Cornell University. Her research interest is Human-computer Interaction, including accessibility, augmented reality, and virtual reality.  She innovates intelligent interactive systems to enhance human perception and abilities. Her PhD research focuses on designing augmented reality systems to provide people with low vision equal access to information.  Learn more- "This summer, I work with Merrie Morris, Ed Cutrell, Eyal Ofek, Christian Holz, Andy Wilson, and Mike Sinclair, exploring how to make virtual reality more accessible to people with low vision.  On one hand, we created a set of augmentation overlays above VR applications to modify existing VR applications and make them accessible in runtime. On the other hand, we designed a Unity low vision toolkit for Unity developers, allowing them to easily add accessibility features into a VR application during the development process." #microsoft #research #msftresearch #sciences #interns #microsoftlife #internship #tech #technology #compsci #lowvision #innovation #haptic #vr #accessibility
We had a great time at #interspeech2018 this past week! Pictured above is the luncheon hosted by Microsoft.  #microsoft #research #msftresearch #sciences  #microsoftlife #tech #technology
Meet David Schlais, a summer intern at Microsoft Research with the Silicon Systems Futures AI & Research group.  Learn more- "I am a 4th year Computer Architecture PhD Student from the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison advised by Prof. Mikko Lipasti. I am interested in the interaction between hardware and software, and ways to improve processor performance.  My research interests include hardware acceleration, microarchitecture design, and branch prediction. I also enjoy writing HDL, and as a hobby have programmed Christmas light shows from scratch on an FPGA development board.  This summer I have been working on finding ways to improve performance and energy efficiency of common Machine Learning algorithms through general-purpose hardware. To gain the most efficiency possible, this requires tackling problems both with compute operations as well as efficient memory accesses." #microsoft #research #msftresearch #sciences #interns #microsoftlife #internship #tech #technology #compsci #machinelearning #innovation #fpga #compute #projectbrainwave #projectcatapult #brainslice
Hear all about Project Natick on this episode of the #msrpodcast. Discover how Ben Cutler and his team conceived of, and delivered on, a novel idea to deal with the increasing challenges of keeping #datacenters cool, safe, green, and, now, dry as well. Click the link in our bio to listen now.  #microsoft #research #msftresearch #science #sciences #coding #deeplearning #tech #technology #design #engineer #engineers #hardware #programming #innovation #future #geek #computing #underwater #projectnatick
Meet @themaggis, a summer intern at Microsoft Research with the Information and Data Sciences group.  Maggie Makar is a PhD student at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT. She works on developing models and inference tools to analyze interaction data (e.g., interactions on social networks and diffusion of contagions). She focuses on untangling causal mechanisms that govern diffusion dynamics and quantifying heterogeneous effects of interventions in connected communities. She received her BA in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  We are often interested in finding answers to “what-happens-if” questions: what happens if I take a specific medication? What happens if I go to the ER? There is currently no intelligent agent or knowledge database that can provide personalized answers to these questions while addressing their fundamental causal nature.  During her internship, Maggie is developing methods of causal inference that summarize existing narratives and experiences shared online (e.g., through Twitter) to provide personalized answers to what-if questions while demanding minimal information about the user making the query.  #microsoft #research #msftresearch #sciences #interns #microsoftlife #internship #tech #technology #compsci #machinelearning #innovation #dataviz #database
Meet Kirsten Bray, a summer intern at Microsoft Research with the NeXus HCI group.  Learn more- "My name is Kirsten Bray and I am a recent graduate from Spelman College. While my degree is in psychology I spent a lot of time at my school's makerspace and subsequently volunteered to work there. This was where I developed an interest in human computer interaction and the intersections of art and technology.  During my time at Microsoft I’ve been able to delve into that intersection further while working with wearable tech.  The project I’m currently working on is developing the next generation of Smart Tattoos with my mentor, Asta Roseway.  These tattoos are made with conductive leafing and a skin safe adhesive to allow them to connect to the a microcontroller that reads capacitive touch input as a means of controlling Bluetooth enabled devices. It also can be used decoratively to power LEDs using parts of the tattoo conductive traces. It's been an exciting project to work on and I’ve been able to work on several different parts of the project!  While here I had the opportunity to help facilitate a workshop where participants created their own Smart Tattoos. We surveyed participants at the end of the workshop and used their responses to inform the design of the next tattoos and board to make the tattoo material more manageable and the board design that is easier to integrate as a focal point rather than a hidden component.  Recently we’ve also provided a #hackathon challenge to those interested both to let more people experiment with the technology and see what kinds of things they interested in building and got to see various unique designs and ideas. It’s been a busy internship but definitely an interesting and engaging experience!" #microsoft #research #msftresearch #sciences #interns #microsoftlife #internship #tech #technology #compsci #tattoos #smarttattoos #wearables #makerspace
Meet @sadeghriazi, a summer intern at Microsoft Research working with the Cryptography Research group and @kristinlauter.  Mohammad Sadegh Riazi is a PhD student at University of California San Diego working on privacy-preserving machine learning. Sadegh received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2014 where he won the best thesis award based on the work on Brain-Computer Interface systems. During summer 2016, he was software engineer intern at Azure and in summer 2017 he was program manager intern at Windows Core.  Learn more - "My summer project enables cloud servers to perform computation on the encrypted version of the client’s input without ever decrypting them and sending the result back in the encrypted form. In the current client-server models, client’s data has to be decrypted at the server side in order for to be processed in which case the privacy of the client is hindered.  For example in medical applications, often times a neural network model is trained such that it can diagnose certain diseases based on the patient’s medical data. However, the medical record contains sensitive information about the patient. This is where my project comes into the picture. Such remote diagnosis can be performed without revealing the patient’s private data to the server that holds the neural network model.  One of the most prominent challenges in realizing this technology is the enormous computational overhead to process on the encrypted version of the data. To bridge the gap between the theoretical protocols and practical systems, I am designing a custom-designed hardware based on FPGAs. In near future, this hardware-software co-design system can process encrypted queries on the cloud server in real-time while preserving the privacy of the clients." #microsoft #research #msftresearch #sciences #interns #microsoftlife #internship #tech #technology #compsci #machinelearning #innovation #cryptography
Dr. Katja Hofmann talks about her vision of a future where machines learn to collaborate with people and empower them to help solve complex, real-world problems on the #msrpodcast. Click the link in our bio to listen now.  #microsoft #research #msftresearch #science #sciences #coding #deeplearning #tech #technology #design #engineer #engineers #hardware #programming #innovation #future #geek #computing #machinelearning #ai #minecraft #malmo #aiagents
Meet @atessaa, a summer intern at Microsoft Research with the Language and Information Technologies team.  Learn more - "My name is Bahar Sarrafzadeh and I’m coming from Canada where I’m doing my PhD at University of Waterloo. My research is at the intersection of Information Retrieval and HCI, while my main background is in Natural Language Processing.  In my PhD I mainly focus on Generating Knowledge Graphs from documents and how they can support users during Exploratory and Complex Search Tasks. Being in between IR and HCI, I’m applying a mix of quantitative and qualitative analysis to understand the users interactions from different perspectives.  For my internship project I'm focusing on characterizing Email Triage and Deferral which is closely related to Supporting Task Management for Enterprise workers.  Email Triage is the process of going through unhandled email and deciding what to do with it. Email Triage can quickly become a serious problem for users as the number of unhandled email grows. During a Triage session, users commonly defer emails until later to manage overflow. Understanding Deferral Characteristics, Strategies and Motivations help develop new experiences to empower people to get tasks done more efficiently.  In our project, as the first large scale study, we analyze and characterize email triage behavior while focusing on deferred emails and how they are handled. We also generate models to predict email deferral during triage and propose different design implications to support users with handling deferred emails. Our goal is to help enterprise workers be more productive during their daily task management.” #microsoft #research #msftresearch #sciences #interns #microsoftlife #internship #tech #technology #compsci #hci #email #search #efficiency #productivity #universityofwaterloo

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