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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At the Recode Code Conference in Palos Verdes, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demonstrated a breakthrough technology called Skype Translator. Skype chief Gurdeep Singh Pall was speaking German, while Skype provided real-time translation of the German into English and vice versa. Skype Translator results from decades of work by the industry, years of work by our researchers, and now is being developed jointly by the Skype and Microsoft Translator teams. The demo showed near real-time audio translation from English to German and vice versa, combining Skype voice and IM technologies with Microsoft Translator, and neural network-based speech recognition. Today at WPC, Microsoft demonstrated this Skype translator functionality to thousands of its partners. As usual, it was impressive. Watch the video demo and the Skype demo starts at 1 hour 50 minute mark. Watch the old demo videos below. Your browser does not support iframes. ...

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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 CEO Satya Nadella spoke at an interview held at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech Conference yesterday evening. During Q&A session, an attendee said to Satya that Microsoft Research should learn from Google and all the attention it gets for its research projects like Google Glass and driverless cars. He was basically pointing out that Microsoft Research’s efforts are not well recognized by the public when compared to Google’s efforts. Nadella admitted that Google have done a better job of marketing themselves. “Look, it’s always good to learn from others who have done a better job of marketing themselves,” Nadella said to a chorus of laughs from the crowd. He also made the point that getting more press coverage and eyeballs for Google’s projects doesn’t mean that Google is working on more important or better projects than Microsoft is. He also pointed out that several Microsoft Research products have created business opportunities ...

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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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We already know that Microsoft is working on bringing Cortana to Windows platform. Microsoft’s Marcus Ash (Group Program Manager for Windows Phone – Cortana) and Rob Chambers (Group Program Manager, Applications and Services Group) revealed during a panel that Cortana will move beyond the phone. And a job listing from Microsoft also pointed out the same. They were looking for members to redefine the personalization experience on Windows and to help create serendipitous moments of discovery and satisfaction for the users and enable signature experiences that make Windows your indispensable companion in the real world. Today, an old Microsoft Research video was discovered which shows an early prototype of a automated personal assistant called Louise built to work on Windows. Project Louise is an ongoing, multiyear prototyping effort to build an automated personal assistant. This demo highlights the Louise Personal Assistant serving as a conversational natural user interface (NUI): multi-modal ...

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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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Virtual or soft keyboards has now become a norm on touch screen systems as it is the primary way to type text on these systems. Today, an old Microsoft patent went public in which Microsoft is describing a virtual touchpad. Just like virtual keyboards, virtual touchpads will be displayed in the OS and the user interaction on the virtual touchpad will be processed by the OS similar to how they handle actual physical touchpads. Abstract: Embodiments described herein are directed to simultaneously presenting a virtual touchpad and a graphical user interface of an operating system on the same display. A user can interact with the OS using the virtual touchpad, and user touches are read by a touch-screen portion of the display assigned to the touchpad. Touch input software converts touch packets from user touches into data packets relevant to the screen and display resolution of either the display or ...

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Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft is planning to replace traditional CPUs in data centers with field-programmable arrays, or FPGAs, processors that Microsoft could modify specifically for use with its own software. These FPGAs are already available in the market and Microsoft is sourcing it from a company called Altera. The FPGAs are 40 times faster than a CPU at processing Bing’s custom algorithms. Overall system will be twice as fast as Bing’s existing system and Microsoft can decrease the number of servers that they already use in half. Doug Burger, the man behind this Project Catapult talks about this new era of computing.   Larry Larsen speaks with Doug Burger about the findings of a Microsoft Research and Bing research project that equipped servers with reconfigurable hardware, in the form of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), to accelerate datacenter services. Based on the success of the pilot, Bing will roll out FPGA-enhanced servers in ...

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Peter Lee, Corporate VP and Head of Microsoft Research at Microsoft was recently interviewed at FiRe 2014 conference by BBC presenter Ed Butler. The topic of discussion was “Artificial Intelligence Helping Humans: Future Research”. Peter started by talking about what Microsoft Research, how it is well funded by Microsoft and how it touches all parts of Microsoft with its work. Microsoft Research also contributed significantly to the Cortana digital assistant for Windows Phone. He said that Cortana in its current form is the least which you can derive from mining data from users and he expects it to grow in many other ways in the future. He also talks about the limits of Cortana like situational awareness, correlation of data from lots of noisy data and more. Watch the full video above.   ...

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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. Speaking to MIT Technology Review, Microsoft Research CVP Peter Lee revealed that Microsoft had previously kept its quantum effort relatively quiet, but that positive results have convinced him to be more open. The theoretical basis of topological qubits was first sketched out at UC Santa Barbara roughly eight years ago, says Lee. Then, around four years ago, Microsoft researchers led work to pose a series of key tests that could show whether those ideas could work in reality. Microsoft funded several labs around the world to work on those questions, says Lee. “Two years ago the results started to come in positive.” Work is ...

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