Review Category : Research

Station Q is a Microsoft Research lab located on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Topological quantum computing is the main research area over there. They are exploring theoretical and experimental approaches to creating the reliable quantum analog of the traditional bit—the qubit. If you don’t know anything about Quantum Computing, watch the short animated video above from the Microsoft Stories team. Station Q’s strategy, to build a quantum computer based on “topological degrees of freedom,” is theoretically harder to get off the ground initially, but if and when they get it working, it will be very scalable. “Our pursuit is not strictly academic in nature. We dream a dream this will one day inform our product strategy, and be of utilitarian and economic importance,” Mundie said. “Because of that we care about getting on a path that would give us the quickest ability to do something that ...

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Earlier this week, Microsoft Research revealed about their Project Adam at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. It is an state of an art machine learning and artificial intelligence program that enable software to visually recognize any object. Project Adam and its object classification is built on a massive dataset of 14 million images from the Web and sites such as Flickr, made up of more than 22,000 categories drawn from user-generated tags. Microsoft claims that this program is twice more accurate in its object recognition and 50 times faster than other systems. To show this system in action, Microsoft used a live dog on stage and Project Adam powered phone recognized the breed of the dog. You can watch it here. Trishul Chilimbi, Partner Research Manager for Microsoft Research, discusses Project Adam, and how deep neural networks have enabled large-scale computer image recognition with astounding accuracy. “The one thing that’s interesting and fundamental to ...

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Last year, Microsoft Research released a new SDK/Framework called Lab of Things that supports their existing HomeOS project. HomeOS provides a centralized, holistic control of devices in the home. It provides to users intuitive controls to manage their devices. Professor Nilanjan Banerjee of the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, an early adopter of Lab of Things platform has developed a system that could help people with limited mobility lead more independent lives by enabling them to control the environment in their home and workplaces. Their system detects gestures and uses them to activate lights and other appliances in the home. These sensors capture/monitor subtle motions such as finger twitching, lower arm rotation, and head movements among paralysis patients, with the ultimate goal of providing these individuals the ability to control appliances in caregiving and home settings. The sensor design for this project was developed by Professor Ryan Robucci and ...

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Microsoft Research yesterday spoke about their Project Adam at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. It is an state of an art machine learning and artificial intelligence program that enable softwares to visually recognize any object. Project Adam and its object classification is built on a massive dataset of 14 million images from the Web and sites such as Flickr, made up of more than 22,000 categories drawn from user-generated tags by Microsoft resesarcher Trishul Chilimbi  and his team. Microsoft claims that this program is twice more accurate in its object recognition and 50 times faster than other systems. To show this system in action, Microsoft used a live dog on stage and Project Adam powered phone recognized the breed of the dog. You can watch the whole keynote video above which includes Project Adam demo. Harry Shum, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Technology and Research group, opens the Faculty Summit by highlighting ...

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Microsoft Research today spoke about their Project Adam at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. It is an state of an art machine learning and artificial intelligence program that enable softwares to visually recognize any object. Project Adam and its object classification is built on a massive dataset of 14 million images from the Web and sites such as Flickr, made up of more than 22,000 categories drawn from user-generated tags by Microsoft resesarcher Trishul Chilimbi  and his team. Microsoft claims that this program is twice more accurate in its object recognition and 50 times faster than other systems. To show this system in action, Microsoft used a live dog on stage and Project Adam powered phone recognized the breed of the dog. The live demo of the dog breed detector integrated Project Adam’s technology into Cortana. Apacible pointed a phone at the Dalmatian – named Cowboy – and asked it, “Cortana, what ...

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At Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, Microsoft revealed their new project called ‘Adam’. Project Adam is a deep-learning system modeled after the human brain that has greater image classification accuracy and is 50 times faster than other systems in the industry. Microsoft ran the benchmark test called ImageNet 22K, the Adam neural network tops the performance numbers of the Google Brain, a system that is behind the services across. This benchmark test includes a database of 22,000 types of images, and only Adam and Google Brain are among the few artificial intelligence models that can handle this massive amount of input. Microsoft is looking to use Adam to provide lots of applications for users such as the ability to get information about anything just by pointing out your mobile camera and more. Microsoft even brought dogs on to the stage and demoed the system in which the mobile camera recognized the dog breed when pointed at the dog. Lee believes Adam could ...

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Microsoft Research has released Climatology app for Android mobile devices. This mobile application gives the user climate information for anywhere on Earth: temperature, rain, sunniness and frost. Climatology now makes this information easily available to everyone. This app is based on MSR’s FetchClimate project which provides ready access to complex geographical information including, but not limited to, climatological information. App Description: Climatology gives you climate information for anywhere on Earth: temperature, rain and sunniness. Whether finding where are the warm, dry places to go on holiday in December, or avoiding rain for your wedding, to finding out what the climate is like in Kazakhstan in April, Climatology allows you to discover the information you want. Climatology is powered by Microsoft Research’s technology, developed by Microsoft’s environmental scientists for climate-related scientific research. Climatology now makes this information easily available to everyone. Download it here from Google Play Store for free. ...

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Susan Hauser, Corporate Vice President, Enterprise and Partner Group at Microsoft speaks with Peter Lee, Corporate Vice President, Head of Microsoft Research in the above video to discuss about the power of “Blue Sky” research, the insights it uncovers and how past initiatives. Peter Lee cited Worldwide Telescope as an example. Worldwide Telescope was a Blue Sky idea of a researcher at Microsoft in which he wants to explore all the telescopic data in one single window. The technology Microsoft developed to implement WWT is now used when people view geo-spatial data in Power BI today. He also cited how Microsoft Exchange team is using IoT platform to collect data from its data center to predict when the network will go down and act accordingly. Watch the video above! ...

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If you’re interested in research work Microsoft is doing, or want to have a glimpse of up-and-coming technology, as well as the info on research that went behind various products like Cortana, you must watch this upcoming MSR event. Microsoft today announced that there will be a live webcast of the 2014 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit on July 14, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. The 15th annual Faculty Summit brings 350 elite academic researchers to Redmond, Washington. The live stream from the first day will feature selected keynotes – such as Harry Shum, executive vice president of the Microsoft Technology and Research group – and interviews with top researchers. You can also post questions. The Research in Focus interview series will dive into cutting-edge developments in online education, computational biology and the miniaturization of computing devices. You’ll also learn about the research that went into designing Cortana, advances in using ...

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 John Platt, a Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research today blogged about the history of machine learning at Microsoft. Machine Learning has become a buzz word these days, thanks to consumer facing features such as Cortana, Google Now, etc. Microsoft is using the concepts of machine learning for over 20 years starting in 1992. It is being used in content-based spam detector, speech recognition, predictive analytics to the Commerce Server product, Data mining product in SQL Server, and more. More recently, Microsoft announced Microsoft Azure ML which will allow users to create models that can be deployed to the cloud, rather than being restricted to one particular data management platform (such as SQL). The story of ML at Microsoft started in 1992. We started working with Bayesian Networks, language modeling, and speech recognition. By 1993, Eric Horvitz, David Heckerman, and Jack Breese started the Decision Theory Group in Research and XD Huang started ...

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Recently, we have been reporting about number of patents related to Augmented Reality glasses by Microsoft. Today, we came across another one which describes a technology to protect the wearer’s eyes. Wearer’s eyes need to be protected from too much light from the display. The brightness of the display is a combination of how much external light gets through the display and how much light is being used to display images. Thus, if too much external light shines through the display the user may experience eye damage or discomfort. Also, if too much light is used to display images, the user may suffer eye discomfort or damage. Read the abstract below on how Microsoft’s tries to solve this issue. Abstract: The technology provides various embodiments for controlling brightness of a see-through, near-eye mixed display device based on light intensity of what the user is gazing at. The opacity of the ...

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The Microsoft Azure for Research project facilitates and accelerates scholarly and scientific research by enabling researchers to use the power of Microsoft Azure to perform big data computations in the cloud. Microsoft today posted a video on how cloud computing is changing the way research is done. It enables great collaboration and scalability which was not available in the past due to the limitations of traditional computing platforms. Cloud computing has changed the face of research by bringing almost limitless computational power and scalability to data-intensive research. Researchers across disciplines throughout the world are using cloud computing to process and share enormous datasets—quickly and inexpensively. Find out how easy it is for scientists to quickly share not only their findings but also their data and the entire process by which they generated their results. Read more about the Microsoft Azure for Research program, visit http://www.azure4research.com ...

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Microsoft and IEEE are partnering for a coding contest called Beauty of Programming (BOP) for the past three years. This year’s BOP contest attracted over 18,000 students across the China. The contest is over now as the winners will be eligible for Microsoft internships—a win-win outcome, as Microsoft can benefit from the expertise and enthusiasm of these young IT developers, while the students receive opportunities to work on innovative projects. Throughout the year, Microsoft Research Asia representatives visit numerous university campuses to showcase our latest technology and, coincidentally, to promote the BOP contest. This spring, we visited 21 schools in 12 cities throughout China, motivating young computer programmers to enter the contest and demonstrate their extraordinary skills. The 18,000 contestants in the 2014 BOP contest represented 150 universities and, for the first time, included students from Hong Kong and Taiwan. The event started with a qualification round, followed by a preliminary ...

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A Microsoft patent filed back in December today became public which is titled “AUTO-STEREOSCOPIC AUGMENTED REALITY DISPLAY”. Microsoft describes that tablets, handheld devices and other computing devices can be included with this AR display technology. The main thing here is that the display will include see-through wave guide built using switchable diffractive elements such as SBGs. Using this technology, a virtual image that is generated as a near display object can be made to appear in a distance in AR environment. It is achieved by displaying two different images to left and right eyes, so avoiding the special needs of a additional 3D wear. Abstract: In embodiments of an auto-stereoscopic augmented reality display, the display device is implemented with an imaging structure that includes a waveguide for see-through viewing of an environment. The waveguide also transmits light of a virtual image that is generated as a near-display object to appear ...

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Microsoft today lauded the efforts by Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) for announcing a regulatory framework for unlicensed access to unused radio spectrum in the broadcast TV frequency bands, known as TV white spaces (TVWS). As the usage of mobile devices and wireless data usage increases, we are in need of more spectrum bandwidth. As policymakers in many countries are actively looking to both maximise spectrum resources and increase the efficiencies made in their use, white spaces is one of the active domains which is being explored. Microsoft has long advocated for increasing access to spectrum with more flexible and forward-looking regulation. We commend Singapore’s IDA for their open, consultative and forward-looking approach to this issue, and the release now of the response to their recent industry consultation. With this statement, IDA has positioned Singapore at the forefront globally of a movement that will reform spectrum allocation and revolutionize access and usage ...

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Microsoft today announced that they partnering with Redox Power Systems LLC, the University of Maryland and Trans-Tech Inc. to develop a very efficient, low-cost fuel cell system. Microsoft and its partners were recently awarded $5 million by the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) to develop transformational fuel cells. This research is being funded through the Reliable Electricity Based on Electrochemical Systems (REBELS) program, which seeks to encourage innovation around distributed stationary power generation by introducing technology concepts that have the potential for significantly lower costs and higher performance than existing distributed generation technologies. Though fuel cell technologies have long been recognized for high conversion efficiencies and the potential for near-zero greenhouse gas emissions, their high cost has been a major barrier to widespread adoption. Microsoft will contribute this project by using its server racks to integrate and perform independent live testing on the enhanced fuel cells being created by the other companies and ...

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