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July, 2013

Microsoft Research Connections Blog

The Microsoft Research Connections blog shares stories of collaborations with computer scientists at academic and scientific institutions to advance technical innovations in computing, as well as related events, scholarships, and fellowships.

July, 2013

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    Join us in exploring the future of computing—virtually!

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    Computing has changed the world—from online shopping, to social media, to big data analyses of, well, just about everything. The rate of computing-driven change continues unabated, and we find ourselves wondering: what are the hot trends and burning issues in computer science research today? On July 15 and 16, 400 elite academic investigators will explore these questions with Microsoft researchers during the annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit in Redmond, Washington.

    Watch the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit live and online, July 15, 2013, 09:00–17:30 PT

    But you don’t have to be in Redmond to benefit from this outstanding event. Selected keynotes and engaging, informative interviews with top researchers will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Conference Center and Microsoft Studios. You can view the live, streaming broadcasts on July 15 from 09:00 to 17:30 Pacific Time (12:00 to 20:30 Eastern Time) on the Virtual Event page.

    Every year, the Faculty Summit invites a renowned speaker to deliver the opening keynote. This year, for the first time since 2005, we’re delighted to present Microsoft Corporation Chairman Bill Gates as the keynote speaker. He will address the role of computing in solving global problems and then take questions from the in-person audience and our online viewers. We will rebroadcast his keynote later in the day, but be sure to view it live at 09:00 (Pacific Time) if you have a must-ask question for this leader in computing and philanthropy.


    Introducing the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2013

    After the keynote, watch the insightful discussions about trends in software engineering and quantum computing, as well as developments in combatting Internet fraud, refining prediction engines, and using social media during crises. You can also learn how software is reducing the cost of genome research and putting cancer cures within reach. All our live interviews will allow you to submit your questions and comments through an interactive tool in the viewer.

    So mark your calendar, dust off your monitor, or wipe clean your touchscreen—the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2013 is one webcast you won’t want to miss.

    Stewart Tansley, Co-Chair, Microsoft Faculty Summit 2013, and Director, Microsoft Research Connections

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    Remedying the search for reliable drug info

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    Remedy, a prototype search system, helps people assess useful medication-related Internet search results.Healthcare providers increasingly appreciate the value of patients having access to accurate and understandable information about their health and treatments. This is why Microsoft Research’s Dan Morris and a team of researchers at Columbia University, led by Professor Lauren Wilcox, have been working to develop Patient Friendly Medical Displays that automatically create simplified, personalized, plain-language views of the information in a patient’s electronic health record.
     
    Now this team of researchers has developed Remedy, a prototype search system that assists laypeople in assessing medication-related Internet search results. General-purpose web search engines give a broad array of results, without providing tools to help people narrow in on technical or non-technical content, avoid ads, and spot indicators of quality and credibility. Remedy supports rapid filtering and comparison of medication-information search results, based on a number of website features and content topics. It thus helps users find reliable, patient-friendly educational material more easily. Remedy summarizes the topics that it finds in the search results and lets users navigate to websites according to these topics. It also provides a topic-based view in which users can see what multiple sites have to say about a single topic of interest. This video shows how Remedy helps patients find relevant, reliable information about their medications. 

    Remedy was tested with patients in the cardiac aftercare unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital. The researchers are evaluating the outcomes of this pilot study, but initial results indicate that patients were enthusiastic about using Remedy. A second, more substantial hospital study is under consideration based on these positive indications. In addition, Remedy was demonstrated at the 7th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare in Venice, Italy, May 5–8, 2013.

    Although Remedy is still a prototype at this stage, the initial positive reaction to it bodes well for further research and development on tools to ensure that patients can easily access and understand reliable information about their medications, health, and medical treatments.

    —Simon Mercer, Director, Microsoft Research Connections

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    Lab of Things—the new wave of research-device platforms

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    Lab of ThingsAre you a researcher who spends a lot of time deploying field studies in homes and other buildings where human activity takes place—studies that often involve both custom-built and off-the-shelf sensors and devices? Do you face challenges in combining these varying devices together in one experiment? Do you collect data from dozens to hundreds of experiment sites? Do your experiments require frequent updating with fixes or new extensions? And finally, do you wish you could share your infrastructure and subjects with others, so that you can conduct collaborative experiments? The Lab of Things (LoT) provides the infrastructure, software, and services that make all of these things possible.
     
    So what is the LoT? It is a research-device platform based on Microsoft Research’s HomeOS system. The LoT allows virtually any type of device to be interconnected to the infrastructure. It boasts an open-driver model that lets you write a driver in the event that your device is not supported. You can also choose to share your new driver with the research community so others can benefit from your work. 


    Lab of Things Intro

    The LoT also comes with a set of cloud services that support deployment of experiments at scale. One of the services is the LoT monitoring portal, which provides near real-time status of all the sites in your study. The update service allows you to configure your experiments so that you receive all of your field-study data in one convenient location in the cloud. It also facilitates on-the-fly updates to experiments, drivers, and any other component of the infrastructure, without your having to visit the site physically.
     
    Through all of these features, the LoT lets you interconnect devices and scale up your field studies in diverse experiment locations. With the LoT, you will spend a LOT more of your research time and budget where it is meant to be spent: conducting actual experiments, rather than developing software infrastructure.
     
    Visit lab-of-things.com and get started today!

    Arjmand Samuel, Senior Research Program Manager, Microsoft Research Connections

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