The Microsoft AI Idea Challenge – Breakthrough Ideas Wanted!

This post is authored by Tara Shankar Jana, Senior Technical Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft. All of us have creative ideas – ideas that can improve our lives and the lives of thousands, perhaps even millions of others. But how often do we act on turning those ideas into a reality? Most of the time,… Read more

Distributed Deep Learning on AZTK and HDInsight Spark Clusters

This post is authored by Chenhui Hu, Data Scientist at Microsoft. Deep learning has achieved great success in many areas recently. It has attained state-of-the-art performance in applications ranging from image classification and speech recognition to time series forecasting. The key success factors of deep learning are – big volumes of data, flexible models and… Read more

3 Steps to Build Your First Intelligent App – Conference Buddy

This post is authored by Wilson Lee, Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft. Imagine yourself at a conference, attending a session with hundreds of other enthusiastic developers. You put away your phone to pay attention to the speaker who is talking about the latest cutting-edge technologies. As you learn about the topic, you start to gather… Read more

Using Siamese Networks and Pre-Trained Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) for Fashion Similarity Matching

This post is co-authored by Erika Menezes, Software Engineer at Microsoft, and Chaitanya Kanitkar, Software Engineer at Twitter. This project was completed as part of the coursework for Stanford’s CS231n in Spring 2018. Ever seen someone wearing an interesting outfit and wonder where you could buy it yourself? You’re not alone – retailers world over… Read more

How to Do Distributed Deep Learning for Object Detection Using Horovod on Azure

This post is co-authored by Mary Wahl, Data Scientist, Xiaoyong Zhu, Program Manager, Siyu Yang, Software Development Engineer, and Wee Hyong Tok, Principal Data Scientist Manager, at Microsoft. Object detection powers some of the most widely adopted computer vision applications, from people counting in crowd control to pedestrian detection used by self-driving cars. Training an… Read more

AI Lab: Learn to Code with the Cutting-Edge Microsoft AI Platform

This post is authored by Tara Shankar Jana, Senior Technical Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft. Among our exciting announcements at //Build, one of the things I was thrilled to launch is the AI Lab – a collection of AI projects designed to help developers explore, experience, learn about and code with the latest Microsoft AI… Read more

Deep Learning for Emojis with VS Code Tools for AI – Part 2

This post is authored by Erika Menezes, Software Engineer at Microsoft. In Part 1 of this blog series, we created a recipe prediction model to predict recipes from a text input that may contain an arbitrary number of emojis. In this post we will go over how to operationalize this model as a web service… Read more

Free E-Book: A Developer’s Guide to Building AI Applications

O’Reilly and Microsoft are excited bring you a new e-book on AI, titled A Developer’s Guide to Building AI Applications. This book, which is clearly developer-focused, walks you through the process of building intelligent cloud-based bots, and makes relevant code samples available from GitHub. As you know, AI is accelerating the digital transformation of every… Read more

How to Use FPGAs for Deep Learning Inference to Perform Land Cover Mapping on Terabytes of Aerial Images

This post is authored by Mary Wahl, Data Scientist; Daniel Hartl and Wilson Lee, Senior Software Engineers; Xiaoyong Zhu, Program Manager; Erika Menezes, Software Engineer; and Wee Hyong Tok, Principal Data Scientist Manager, at Microsoft. AI for Earth puts Microsoft’s cloud and AI tools in the hands of those working to solve global environmental challenges…. Read more

Enterprise Deployment Tips for Azure Data Science Virtual Machine (DSVM)

This post is authored by Gopi Kumar, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft. The Data Science Virtual Machine (DSVM), a popular VM image on the Azure marketplace, is a purpose-built cloud-based environment with a host of preconfigured data and AI tools. It enables data scientists and AI developers to iterate on developing high quality predictive models… Read more