Saving Snow Leopards with Deep Learning and Computer Vision on Spark

This post is authored by Mark Hamilton, Software Engineer at Microsoft, Rhetick Sengupta, President of Snow Leopard Trust, and Principal Program Manager at Microsoft, and Roope Astala, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft. The Snow Leopard – A Highly Endangered Animal Snow leopards are highly endangered animals that inhabit high-altitude steppes and mountainous terrain in Asia… Read more

Hello 2017, and Recap of Top 10 Posts of 2016

As we kick off what will surely be another very exciting year of progress in artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science, we start with a quick recap of our “Top 10” most popular posts (based on aggregate readership) from the year just concluded. Here are the posts that had the most page views in… Read more

Empowering Developers with AI & Deep Learning

Re-posted from the Azure blog. Deep Learning is powering many of the biggest breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence in recent times, spanning areas such as speech recognition, language understanding and computer vision. Indeed, Deep Learning is now changing the very customer experience around many Microsoft products, including HoloLens, Skype, Cortana, Office 365, Bing and more. Our… Read more

Training Deep Neural Networks on ImageNet Using Microsoft R Server and Azure GPU VMs

This post is by Miguel Fierro, Data Scientist, Max Kaznady, Data Scientist, Richin Jain, Solution Architect, Tao Wu, Principal Data Scientist Manager, and Andreas Argyriou, Data Scientist, at Microsoft. Deep learning has made a lot of strides in the computer vision subdomain of image classification in the past few years. This success has opened up… Read more

How to Train a Deep-Learned Object Detection Model in the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit

This post is authored by Patrick Buehler, Senior Data Scientist, and T. J. Hazen, Principal Data Scientist, at Microsoft. Last month we published a blog post describing our work on using computer vision to detect grocery items in refrigerators. This was achieved by adding object detection capability, based on deep learning, to the Open Source… Read more

Microsoft and Liebherr Collaborating on New Generation of Smart Refrigerators

This post is by T. J. Hazen, Principal Data Scientist Manager at Microsoft. As part of the Liebherr household appliances division’s digital initiative, Liebherr and Microsoft are collaborating in the development of Liebherr’s new generation of the SmartDeviceBox. This is a communication module which fits into Liebherr refrigerators and freezers, connecting them to the internet…. Read more

Microsoft Releases Open Source Deep Learning Toolkit on GitHub

Reposted from the Microsoft Next blog. Microsoft is releasing its Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK) on GitHub, making the very efficient AI tools used by its own researchers available to the broad developer and data science community. Xuedong Huang, Microsoft’s Chief Speech Scientist, and his team were anxious to make faster improvements to how well computers… Read more

Now Available: Speaker & Video APIs from Microsoft Project Oxford

This post is by Ryan Galgon, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Technology and Research Last month we announced new features for Microsoft Project Oxford machine learning APIs, enabling developers across different platforms to easily add intelligence to applications without having to be AI experts. Project Oxford is just one instance of a broader class of work… Read more Succeeds with Microsoft Project Oxford Face API

Posted by Ryan Galgon, Senior Program Manager in the Technology & Research group at Microsoft. Last month we announced new features for Microsoft Project Oxford machine learning APIs, including the addition of emotion, video, spell check, speaker recognition, the Custom Recognition Intelligent Service and improvements to our existing Face APIs. With Project Oxford, developers across… Read more

A Look Behind How One of the World’s Most Popular Brands Harnessed an Internet Meme

How Coca-Cola Company and Universal McCann used technology from Microsoft to support a cutting-edge marketing campaign This post is authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of the Data Group at Microsoft. A few months ago, I was trying to find a clever way to illustrate the power of machine learning to software developers at… Read more