Videos

Microsoft Research Redmond Lean Launch Pad Kids Camp

1 month ago
Led by Microsoft Research Oureach’s Natasha “Nacho” Chornesky, the methodology kids learn in this camp is the same methodology used in Stanford University’s famed ENGR 245 Class: Technology Entrepreneurship and Lean Startups (Lean Launch Pad). It’s also the same methodology NSF and NIH use in their iCORPS program, designed to help researchers and scientists close […]

The Programming Language Wars

2 months ago
Modern society is built on software platforms that encompass a great deal of our lives. While this is well known, software is invented by people and this comes at considerable cost. Notably, approximately $331.7 billion are paid, in the U.S. alone, in wages every year for this purpose. Generally, developers in industry use programming languages […]

Digital Mental Health for Depression and Anxiety

2 months ago
This talk will provide a brief overview of digital mental health, which has used common technologies such as web and mobile apps to support behaviors aimed at reducing mental health symptoms. While the potential effectiveness of these approaches has been demonstrated in more than 50 randomized controlled trials, attempts to implement these tools in healthcare […]

Project Catapult Academic Tutorial: Getting Started and Intro to APIs

2 months ago
We will be presenting a series of online tutorial sessions to introduce and provide examples of the work that is possible in the Catapult Academic environment.  See more on this video at www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/video/project-catapult-academic-tutorial-getting-started-and-intro-to-apis/

Fireside Chat with Harry Shum

2 months ago
Christopher Bishop has a fireside chat with Harry Shum, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Research group, discussing Microsoft Research’s advancements in artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and security and privacy. They finish their discussion by taking questions from the audience. See more on this video at www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/event/faculty-summit-2017/

Resilience and Security in Cyber-Physical Systems: Self-Driving Cars and Smart Devices

2 months ago
The future will be defined by autonomous computer systems that are tightly integrated with the environment, also known as Cyber-Physical systems (CPS). Resilience and security become extremely important in these systems, as a single error or security attack can have catastrophic consequences. In this talk, I will consider the resilience and security challenges of CPS, […]

Project Catapult Academic Tutorial

2 months ago
We will be presenting a series of online tutorial sessions to introduce and provide examples of the work that is possible in the Catapult Academic environment.  See more on this video at www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/video/project-catapult-academic-tutorial/

Robust, Visual-Inertial State Estimation: from Frame-based to Event-based Cameras

2 months ago
I will present the main algorithms to achieve robust, 6-DOF, state estimation for mobile robots using passive sensing. Since cameras alone are not robust enough to high-speed motion and high-dynamic range scenes, I will describe how IMUs and event-based cameras can be fused with visual information to achieve higher accuracy and robustness. I will, therefore, […]

Robust, Visual-Inertial State Estimation: from Frame-based to Event-based Cameras

2 months ago
I will present the main algorithms to achieve robust, 6-DOF, state estimation for mobile robots using passive sensing. Since cameras alone are not robust enough to high-speed motion and high-dynamic range scenes, I will describe how IMUs and event-based cameras can be fused with visual information to achieve higher accuracy and robustness. I will, therefore, […]

What 151,000,000 Calories Burned in a Single VR Game Says About the Future of Exercise

2 months ago
In April of 2016, an early VR title called Audioshield was released on Steam, the largest PC gaming community in the world. According to Steam stats, gamers have played more than 693,000 hours of Audioshield since its release. A research project at San Francisco State University found that the calorie burn of players in Audioshield […]

Scalable Trust-Region Method for Deep Reinforcement Learning Using Kronecker-Factored Approximation

2 months ago
In this work, we propose to apply trust region optimization to deep reinforcement learning using a recently proposed Kronecker-factored approximation to the curvature. We extend the framework of natural policy gradient and propose to optimize both the actor and the critic using Kronecker-factored approximate curvature (K-FAC) with trust region; hence we call our method Actor […]

Towards Program Synthesis for Security

2 months ago
Many of the major security problems are caused by small programming errors, which could be avoided by automating menial programming tasks through program synthesis. However, program synthesis is still limited to a few lines of code at a time. In this talk, I will discuss fundamental problems that limit the scalability of existing program synthesis […]