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On July 8–9, more than 350 academic researchers and educators will join Microsoft researchers and engineers for the sixteenth annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit in Redmond, Washington. The annual Faculty Summit is one of those rare events that brings together a cross-disciplinary collection of academic and industry talent, focused on both advancing the state of the art in computer science and using computing to solve real-world problems. And while attendance at the in-person event is by invitation only, anyone with an Internet connection can catch key portions of the summit at the online event page.
Our live coverage will include the opening day keynote address by Jeannette Wing, corporate VP at Microsoft Research, who was recently honored by the Association for Computing Machinery for transforming the way the world views computing with her seminal views on computational thinking. She will focus on future trends in computing and give us a keen understanding of the innovation that starts with basic scientific research.
High on this year’s list of topics is artificial intelligence. Not too long ago, AI was the stuff of science fiction. Today, it’s moving from the research lab to everyday reality. Also on day one of the summit, online viewers will be treated to a panel discussion on “Progress in AI: Myths, Realities, and Aspirations,” moderated by Eric Horvitz of Microsoft Research and featuring panelists Chris Bishop of Microsoft Research, Oren Etzioni of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Fei-Fei Li of Stanford University, Michael Littman of Brown University and Josh Tenenbaum of MIT.
On day two, our webcast will feature Monica Lam, professor of Computer Science at Stanford University on “A Revolution Against Big-Brother Social Networks,” which focuses on an open social movement led by Omlet, an open messaging service and distributed computing platform that spun out of four years of research at Stanford. We will also bring you the event’s closing keynote from Peter Lee, corporate VP at Microsoft Research.
We hope as you watch these online webcasts that you will not only gain insights into the technological impact, but the scientific and societal implications of all these trends in computing.
So fire up your web browser and tune in to the 2015 Faculty Summit.
—Harold Javid, Director and General Chair of Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2015