Forecasting the Future Through Machine Learning

This post is authored by Anil Bhansali, Managing Director at Microsoft India R&D.

All roads lead to Bangalore as the countdown begins to the inaugural edition of the Machine Learning and Data Sciences Conference. Thanks for your tremendous response to this event – registrations are now closed and we expect a full house.

The computing industry, as you know, is subject to constant change, and for us at Microsoft these days, a critical part of that transformation is our huge emphasis around the cloud, Big Data and IoT (Internet of Things). Data is the key fuel for digital transformation, and the upcoming ML&DS conference will showcase how we are working with customers and partners to bring about real substantive transformation. Many experts from academia, Microsoft, big and small organizations, startups, government bodies and more will come together for a couple of days, learning about and ideating on new possibilities.

The ML&DS conference features several case studies that demonstrate how, using this set of technologies, Microsoft is empowering people and organizations across India to achieve even more. We have successfully completed projects in the areas of Agriculture, Healthcare, Education and Banking, work that is showing some very positive results. We are working with a very wide range of organizations and, at the conference, we will showcase our work at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), L. V. Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), and the state government of Andhra Pradesh, among others.

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The conference features over 30 talks and tutorial sessions delivered by ML experts, with senior academics from the IITs at Delhi, Roorkee, Bombay, Kharagpur, Madras, Kanpur and Guwahati, along with IISc Bangalore, ISI Kolkata, and IIIT Hyderabad anchoring sessions. Attendees will get to learn first-hand about the world-class data science research they are leading at their prestigious institutions, work that spans the entire gamut from natural language processing to data mining, ML to largescale data analytics, reinforcement learning to pattern recognition and computer vision.

It won’t be all work and no play either: At our interactive zone, attendees can experience how these technologies are being put to work in the real world. To cite a couple of examples, feature the Intelligent Kiosk, a Windows 10 Universal App, will not just recognize human faces, but also interpret human emotions and make highly personalized and contextual recommendations. Another demo, called IRA, built by PowerUp Cloud is an intelligent AI engine that automatically interprets emails from customers who are seeking support, and provides just the right response back to them. There will be plenty more innovative demos and we hope to energize the entire software ecosystem by showing you the power of these technologies.

Thanks once again for your amazing response to the event – I am looking forward to seeing many of you next Monday, August 8th, in Bangalore.

Anil