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Computer science takes center stage in Chile

Computer science takes center stage in Chile

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Where would you look to find new approaches to solving today’s economic, scientific, and social problems? If you answered Viña del Mar, Chile, from today through May  9, you’re right—as that’s where and when more than 250 thought leaders are gathered for the Microsoft Research Latin American Faculty Summit 2014. The attendees come from academia, government, and Microsoft Research, and represent an array of disciplines, including computer science, engineering, mathematics, and economics.

Latin American Faculty Summit 2014: furthering innovations for economic and social development

The theme of this year’s summit is “advancing science and technology through computing research.” To fulfill this ambitious objective, the participants are exploring the role of computing in modern research—especially in handling the data deluge that typifies much of today’s research, as well as the importance of computer science education, the emergence of what’s been called the “internet of things,” and the promise of machine learning. They are also examining trends in social computing and the use of computing in studying urban problems.

Managing Director of Microsoft Research India, P. Anandan; Vice President of Microsoft Research, Tony Hey; Faculty Fellow Award Recipient, Carolina Fuentes; Chile’s Ministro de Economía, Luis Felipe Céspedes; GM of Microsoft Chile, Oliver Flogel; and Microsoft Research Faculty Summit Co-Chair, Jaime Puente
Pictured from left to right: Managing Director of Microsoft Research India, P. Anandan; Vice President of Microsoft Research, Tony Hey; PhD Fellow Award Recipient, Carolina Fuentes; Chile’s Ministro de Economía, Luis Felipe Céspedes; GM of Microsoft Chile, Oliver Flogel; and Microsoft Research Faculty Summit Co-Chair, Jaime Puente

The event is held in partnership with Chile’s Ministry of Economics, and, as befits one of Latin America’s premier computer-science conferences, the summit will pay particular attention to regional challenges. Microsoft Research has long been involved in this part of Latin America, given that Chile serves as the management hub for Latin American and Caribbean Collaborative ICT Research (LACCIR), a joint research center of Microsoft Research and top-tier Latin American universities. In fact, it was introduced in 2007, during the very first Latin America Faculty Summit, which was also held at Viña del Mar.

Tony Hey delivers his keynote on Data-Driven Computing
Tony Hey delivers his keynote on Data-Driven Computing

The three-day program features speeches, talks, workshops, panel discussions, and a DemoFest. The keynote addresses cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Computing and astronomy, with a focus on ALMA (the world’s largest radio telescope) and astronomical visualizations via Microsoft Research’s WorldWide Telescope
  • Big data, machine learning, and social computing
  • Twenty-first–century education and the need to inspire the next generation of computer scientists
  • Mobile and cloud computing
  • The importance of technology in preparing for natural disasters
  • The role of research in driving innovation

We’re looking forward to three stimulating days, filled with exchanges between people who are intent on using science and technology to make the world a better place.

Jaime Puente, Director, Microsoft Research Latin America

Evelyne Viegas, Director of Semantic Computing, Microsoft Research Redmond

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