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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.
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
It is becoming increasingly apparent to us all that computers are everywhere, even in our cell phones, and can help us accomplish many tasks from finding information on the Internet to analyzing large genomic data sets. This morning, Bill Gates will address how computing contributes to improving our world as he kicks off the 2013 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. His topic reminds me of how much our conception of the role of computing has changed since the days of mainframe computers.
The world has always needed outstanding young thinkers who possess deep theoretical understanding combined with curiosity, drive, and energy. Today’s technical opportunities and demands only increase that need.
One of the highlights of the Faculty Summit is the introduction of the latest Microsoft Research Faculty Fellows. This year, we present seven new faculty members, bringing the total to 60 Faculty Fellowships awarded since 2005. The fellowship provides them with the freedom to focus on their research courageously early in their careers. The Faculty Fellowships are just one of many programs of grants, fellowships, and internships that we offer worldwide.
Every year, I look forward to welcoming researchers to Microsoft’s Redmond campus for the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, which seeks to bring academia and Microsoft Research together to assess the state of the art and exchange a broad range of ideas across disciplinary and technology boundaries. Some 2,500 academics and scientists from more than 500 universities have participated in the Faculty Summits in Redmond since 2000.
This year, more than 650 distinguished researchers will convene to explore a host of issues that the computing community is seeking to address through technology, such as finding cures for cancer, providing assistance during natural disasters, or predicting political events that can upend stability. Knowing that a physical event can’t scale to accommodate the growing interest in this event, we have added virtual programming for the broader audience. It includes the live broadcast of Bill Gates’ session and shares key content from the summit program through fast-paced Research in Focus interviews. Visit microsoftfacultysummit.com to watch it live and online July 15, 09:00–17:30 Pacific Time.
I am certain you will gain insights and value through your virtual attendance at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, so I encourage you to watch the live stream. You’ll not only hear from (and have the opportunity to question) leading researchers, you’ll also be able to learn about the opportunities to engage with us in the quest to improve the world through technical innovation.
—Harold Javid, General Chair, Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2013
The Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2013—the fourteenth edition of this annual event—is now history, but I’m still catching my breath after two days of meeting and sharing ideas with some of the world’s foremost computer scientists. In attendance were more than 400 representatives of academic institutions from more than 29 countries around the world, along with researchers from Microsoft Research’s 13 worldwide labs—all drawn by the common purpose of exploring the power of computing to solve real-world problems.
The cloud, machine learning, big data, and, of course, software engineering, were key topics of the summit. However, as I mentioned in my opening remarks at the event, the overarching idea is to put technological resources together to reach informed, intelligent decisions that can help solve critical problems. With the cloud providing the storage and processing power, machine learning providing the analytical tools, and the deluge of data, computer science researchers have the capacity to make an impact in healthcare, environmental protection, criminal justice, education—virtually every arena of the world’s challenges.
The opening keynote by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates was an extended Q&A, with Bill answering question after question from the onsite audience and online viewers. This set just the right tone, marking the summit as a forum for interactive, wide-ranging discussions about the promise of technology as a change agent.
Opening keynote: Innovation & Opportunity—the Contribution of Computing to Improving Our World
The open and honest discussion continued throughout the two days, from formal breakout sessions devoted to such topics as gene sequencing, quantum computing, prediction markets, spam marketing, and visual recognition, to informal meetings in the corridors and lounges throughout the Microsoft Conference Center. You couldn’t swing a cat —Schrodinger’s or otherwise—without hitting a cluster of experts debating some aspect of modern computing and its potential.
In addition to Bill Gates’ opening keynote, we heard powerful, thought-provoking addresses from Doug Burger, director of client and cloud applications at Microsoft, who challenged us to take advantage of changes in the hardware ecosystem; vice presidents Peter Lee and Jeannette Wing, the new co-leaders of Microsoft Research, who gave us their vision of the rewards of basic research; and Clay Shirky, the prominent author and professor at New York University, who opened our minds to the power of new media and the intrinsic “messiness” created by online crowds.
In his opening keynote, Bill Gates answered questions from the onsite audience as well as online viewers.
A gathering like this is a great opportunity for learning, but even those who were not there could share at least some of the experience through the live streaming webcast that took place during the first day of the summit. This program not only captured the day’s opening and closing addresses, it took full advantage of the high-powered assemblage by streaming live interviews with world-class experts on topics as varied as crisis informatics, cancer therapy, and automated sign language interpretation. If you missed the live webcast, don’t worry. The entire program is available on demand. Watch the segments that we streamed live on our Virtual Faculty Summit page and find links to the individual sessions (as well as the presenters’ slides) on our Agenda page. So click on over and get ready to be inspired, just as I was by seeing the computer science community at its best.
—Tony Hey, Vice President, Microsoft Research Connections