Videos

The ‘Mastery’ of the Swipe: Smartphones and Precarity in a Culture of Narcissism

2 weeks ago
“What do you do when you’re waiting for the bus? Or waiting for a class to start? Or waiting at the doctor’s office? Or in line at the grocery store? In this paper, I establish a dialogue between two discrete critical methodologies in order to consider the role of ‘distracted’ smartphone use within a socio-political […]

Informal Social Networks in Firms

2 weeks ago
Informal communication networks within firms represent the connections among workers across which information and organizational learning are transferred, status is exchanged, and social, mentoring, and administrative relationships are shared. Despite wide attention to the implications of the patterns of these relationships, there has been no large-scale comparative empirical description of informal communication networks. As a […]

Personalized Behavior-Powered Systems

3 weeks ago
I will present work that leverages user behavioral data to build personalized applications, which I call “behavior-powered systems”. Two applications use online user interactions: 1) WebGazer uses interaction data made on any website to continuously calibrate a webcam-based eye tracker, so that users can manipulate any web page solely by looking. 2) Drafty tracks interactions […]

The Rise of the Social Developer Within a Participatory Culture of Software Engineering

3 weeks ago
“Software developers rely on many different media to communicate, collaborate, and coordinate with others. Recently, social tools have dramatically changed the landscape of software engineering, challenging the old-fashioned stereotype of the solitary and selfish developer. In particular, we see the rise of the “”social developer”” with a participatory culture of software development forming, whereby developers […]

Turing, von Neumann and Brenner in the Deciphering of Biology

3 weeks ago
We live in interesting times. Seers predict Utopian or Dystopian futures where Algorithms and data will be the gods that rule our destiny and that of the planet. These new gods have taken time arriving. Over about 10,000 years, humans have moved from merely being the consequences of natural selection to becoming the principal agent […]

Protecting People from Algorithms (and Vice Versa)

1 month ago
Computing technologies today have made it much easier to gather personal data. Algorithms are constantly analyzing such personal information and making consequential decisions on people. The extensive use of algorithms imposes the risks of algorithms mistreating people such as privacy violation or unfair discrimination. There is also a risk of people mistreating algorithms. For example, […]

Ignite Talks-James Vlahos

1 month ago
Botness is a two-day gathering in NYC on November 4-5, 2016 at NYU/ITP. We’ll discuss all things bots: startups, tools, bots for work and play, discovery, and engagement. We will work together to shape the evolving technologies to support innovation and open collaboration. See more on this video at www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/video/ignite-talks-james-vlahos/

Aerial Informatics and Robotics Platform

1 month ago
The video shows a simulation of the quadrotor flight in a sub-urban environment. The visuals depict how the camera mounted on the quadrotor perceives the world. See more on the project: www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/group/air/ Read the blog post: blogs.microsoft.com/next/2017/02/15/microsoft-shares-open-source-system-training-drones-gadgets-move-safely/#sm.0000v8bqc0rcdflis6g1wekfl455r

Improving Programmability and Performance for Mobile/Cloud Applications

1 month ago
The proliferation of datacenters, smartphones, personal sensing and tracking devices, and home automation products is fundamentally changing the applications we interact with daily.  Modern applications are no longer limited to a single desktop computer but now commonly span many mobile devices and cloud servers.  In this talk, I will present three systems that improve the […]

Dave Wecker: Software Demo: Microsoft LIQUiD

2 months ago

Dr. TLA+ Series – Byzantine Paxos

2 months ago
In this lecture we will discuss how to tolerate Byzantine faults in achieving consensus. We illustrate through refining Paxos step by step. This should be most fun to those who have become familiar with Paxos-based distributed consensus through the Series. Enough background of Paxos will be covered so the lecture requires no Paxos expertise. We […]

Exponential separation between quantum communication complexity and classical information complexity

2 months ago
We show an exponentially large separation between {em quantum communication complexity} and {em classical information complexity} by exhibiting a Boolean function with such a property. By the link between information and amortized communication, this implies the existence of a task for which the amortized classical communication complexity is exponentially emph{smaller} than the quantum communication complexity. […]