Microsoft at NIPS 2016, Barcelona, Where AI is the Buzz

Re-posted from the Microsoft Research blog. The 30th annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) is on next week, from December 5th through 10th, in Barcelona. For those of you who are not familiar with NIPS, it’s an annual machine learning and computational neuroscience conference, featuring many exciting talks, demos, poster presentations and workshops,… Read more

Cognitive Toolkit Helps Win 2016 CIF International Time Series Competition

This post is authored by Slawek Smyl, Senior Data & Applied Scientist at Microsoft. The Computational Intelligence in Forecasting (CIF) International Time Series Competition was one of ten competitions held at the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (IEEE WCCI) in Vancouver, Canada, in late July this year. I am excited to report that my… Read more

Convolutional Neural Nets in Net#

This blog post is authored by Alexey Kamenev, Software Engineer at Microsoft. After introducing Net# in the previous post, we continue with our overview of the language and examples of convolutional neural nets or convnets. Convnets have become very popular in recent years as they consistently produce great results on hard problems in computer vision,… Read more

Neural Nets in Azure ML – Introduction to Net#

This blog post is authored by Alexey Kamenev, Software Engineer at Microsoft. Neural networks are one of the most popular machine learning algorithms today. One of the challenges when using neural networks is how to define a network topology given the variety of possible layer types, connections among them, and activation functions.  Net# solves this… Read more

Machine Learning, meet Computer Vision – Part 2

This blog post is co-authored by Jamie Shotton, Antonio Criminisi and Sebastian Nowozin of Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK. In our last post, we introduced you to the field of computer vision and talked about a powerful approach, classifying pixels using decision forests, which has found broad application in medical imaging and Kinect. In this second… Read more

In Conversation with John Platt

You’ve heard from John Platt a few times on this site, including his introductory post on What is Machine Learning? and this piece where he talks about Twenty Years of Machine Learning at Microsoft. Larry Larsen from Channel 9 recently got the opportunity to have an in-depth conversation with him. See what John has to… Read more