Back in June, Microsoft first revealed Azure ML will be available as public preview in July. Azure ML allows organizations to create new solutions that bring together big data insights, the Internet of things and predictive analytics. In current scenario, machine learning is usually self-managed and on premises, requiring the training and expertise of data scientists. Since, data scientists are in short supply, commercial software licenses can be expensive and popular programming languages for statistical computing have a steep learning curve, Microsoft has come up with  Azure ML. Azure ML is a fully-managed cloud service for building predictive analytics solution. At the 2014 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit which took place in Redmond, MSR announced a grants program for researchers and students. There are two flavor of these access grants. The first is a data science instructional award which will provide an individual account on Azure ML for each student in an intermediate ...

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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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Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was a mathematician, contemporaneous with Newton. It turns out Leibniz was also a philosopher, and there is something called the Leibniz Principle that equates to data conflation. In colloquial terms, the Leibniz Principle says, ‘If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, chances are it’s a duck.’ That principle is the basis of Microsoft’s new Leibniz Platform. Currently search engines are thought of as tools to find text but Ashok Chandra, Microsoft distinguished scientist and general manager of the Interaction and Intent Group at Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, believes people soon will think of search engines as “task engines.” “Search technology began with words,” says Chandra.  “We built a whole search infrastructure around words. But in this new era of search, we are working with entities, because people think in terms of them, such as a hotel, a movie, an event, a ...

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Bill Buxton is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft. I’ve always liked him since he kind of a looks like mad scientist Doc Brown from back to the future.  But beyond that he is a highly interesting and intellectual individual.  He bring with him a unique perspective that can only be brought with age and experience.  Microsoft used to trot him out a lot when they first hired him in 2005, but as of late they have kept him under wraps and working on more secret projects. He very recently gave a talk on ubiquitous computing for MSR.  Ubiquitous computing was popularized by Mark Weiser at Xerox PARC.  Buxton worked with Weiser at Xerox PARC previous to his job at Microsoft. Buxton shares his perspectives on the premise that in this emerging world of ubiquitous computing, it is vital that devices, applications, and services are designed, from the start, by taking ...

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In the above video Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie discusses part of the vision of the company’s future, which consists of machines and technology getting out of your way and becoming a lot more helpful. In the video Craig briefly demonstrates  the  82” interactive Perceptive Pixel display, and how varied computing surfaces can allow us to move easily between all sizes of displays and devices. He shows how you might use Microsoft OneNote 2013 to work on a large display and then, moments later, pull up your annotations on your personal Surface. He also showed off the capabilities of Xbox SmartGlass, illustrating how you can seamlessly shift content across your tablet, phone, and Xbox. Craig also illustrated how we might remotely collaborate and incorporate telepresence in the future via Microsoft Research’s research project Illumishare , a low-cost peripheral device that looks like a desk lamp, lighting up ...

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OmniTouch allows interactive multitouch applications  on any everyday surfaces, whether its a wall or a notepad or even hands, arms or legs!  In addition to the projection system being depth-sensing, there is no instrumentation of the user or environment, allowing it to be used by anyone in any environment with no hassle. Furthermore, a wide variety of interactions are enabled- so you can ‘click’ or hover your fingers over the interactive area to command the OmniTouch.  The technology is being developed by Microsoft Researcher Andrew Wilson who will be demonstrating it live during the Verge Show (as shown below). It is clear that the technology needs much miniaturisation, but with smartphone based Pico projectors one can imagine this interface could eventually find some application in the real world. Via research.microsoft.com ...

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Microsoft Research today posted information on project codenamed “Tiger” to develop next generation indexing platform for Bing based on SSD technology which improve overall efficiency and open doors for further improvements on Bing. Microsoft Research Asia and Bing’s engineering teams in China and the US collaborated to develop “Tiger,” the next-generation index serving platform for Bing. Index serving is the most critical infrastructure for any search engine. The new architecture in Tiger leverages emerging Solid State Disk (SSD) technology to improve overall efficiency and open doors for further improvements Source: Microsoft Research Video: Geekwire ...

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Microsoft’s Israeli research and development department has hinted at the existence of an upgrade to the Xbox 360 to bring stereoscopic 3D support to the console. In response to a story running in the Israeli Gadgetly talking about a dashboard rumour to the Xbox 360 which will bring stereoscopic 3D support to the console Microsoft Research Israel tweeted  “What do you think of a 3D console?” , linking to the article. Hopefully the tweet is corroboration for the earlier rumour, and we will soon see an upgrade bringing support for the few amongst us lucky enough to have the still expensive 3D TVs to support it. Via BGR.com ...

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Steven Bathiche from the Applied Sciences Group at Microsoft showed of some of the work Microsoft has been doing on the ultimate display at Thinking Digital  and appears to have had quite an impact in the audience there. The video above shows what he has been working on, which is both creating control services everywhere and turning screens into windows onto other worlds. Read more about the research at Microsoft here. ...

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Microsoft Research has posted a video demonstrating their new real time face and pose recognition software. The OneVision technology indexes an entire movie frame by frame, tagging individuals along the way, and can cope with low resolution images at a distance, ideal for something like Kinect for example. The technology also works with multiple people in the frame, and I suspect it will not be long before it finds a place in the next Xbox Kinect game. Read more about it at Technet.com here. Via TheNextWeb.com ...

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