Artificial Intelligence Made Easy: Cognitive Services at the Microsoft Data Science Summit

This post is authored by Jennifer Marsman, Principal Software Development Engineer at Microsoft.

The first Microsoft Data Science Summit will take place on Sept 26-27, 2016 in Atlanta, GA, at the same time as Ignite. This means that you have access to the amazing Ignite Expo hall, in addition to the fabulous speakers and content catered just to data scientists, machine learning developers, and big data engineers. For more information on how the co-location with Ignite will work and what you have access to, please see here.


I will be speaking on the Microsoft Cognitive Services. The Cognitive Services are a set of APIs that provide cognitive functionality like object recognition, emotion detection, facial identification, speech understanding, sentiment analysis, text analytics, and more. Previously, you would need advanced knowledge of ML in order to perform such tasks. But Microsoft Research has used powerful ML algorithms to solve these commonly-used scenarios, and make them available with a simple API call. For example, you can send a picture to our facial detection API, and we will return age, gender, head pose, smile, facial hair information, facial bounding box, and 27 landmarks for each face in the image.

Just imagine the scenarios this enables: In retail or at a trade show, a company could use emotion detection to see how people are reacting to their products. Facial recognition could be used to find missing children quickly at an amusement park. These APIs can determine the male:female ratio at a nightclub, and identify VIPs or banned guests. The language understanding service can allow automated support bots to understand natural language. The object recognition capabilities can enable a blind person to read a menu in a restaurant or have their surroundings described to them.

Several of my colleagues and I will be participating in a “Meet the Speakers” session as well, where you can stop by to chat with us individually about your unique business problems or needs.

Register for the Microsoft Data Science Summit at https://ignite.microsoft.com/MicrosoftDataScience. I hope to see you there!

Jennifer Marsman
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