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Dr. David Heckerman

Distinguished Scientist, Microsoft Research
Genomics Group
Distinguished Scientist

Dr. David Heckerman is manager of the Genomics Group at Microsoft Research. He is known for his work in showing the importance of probability theory in Artificial Intelligence, for developing methods to learn graphical models from data, for designing a vaccine for HIV, and for developing machine learning and statistical approaches for genomics including GWAS. At Microsoft, he has developed numerous applications including machine-learning tools in SQL Server and Commerce Server, the junk-mail filters in Outlook, Exchange, and Hotmail, the troubleshooters in Windows, and the Answer Wizard in Office.

Dr. Heckerman received his Ph.D. (1990) and M.D. (1992) from Stanford University, and is an ACM and AAAI Fellow.

Software Defined Networking for the Cloud

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Davis Auditorium, Room 412, Shapiro SEPSR
500 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027
United States
Over the past several years, the stunning growth of the Cloud has changed literally everything in networking. At Microsoft, we have developed and deployed totally new network infrastructure to handle the scale and agility of cloud services, creating virtual networks that on shared infrastructure behave as if dedicated to individual customers. I will discuss the problems and the approach to the solutions. A takeaway is that the action in Software Defined Networking (SDN) is in the host.

Roxana Geambasu Named Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow

Protecting privacy in today’s data-driven world is a key goal for Computer Science Assistant Professor Roxana Geambasu. For her groundbreaking work to fight what she describes as “aggressive data collection” in this growing age of mobile and cloud computing, Geambasu has recently been selected as a Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow. The prestigious award is given to early-career scholars who are engaged in state-of-the-art computing research and have the potential to make significant advances in the field.

The Future of Technology Policy: Craig Mundie, Senior Advisor to CEO, Microsoft

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Columbia University
Faculty House Presidential Suite, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10027
United States
As senior advisor at Microsoft, Mundie works on key strategic projects on technology strategy, policy, and regulation. He joined Microsoft in 1992 to create and run the Consumer Platforms Division, which developed non-PC platforms such as the Windows CE operating system; software for the Handheld PC, Pocket PC and Auto PC; and early console-gaming products. Previously, Mundie served as Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, where he oversaw Microsoft Research, one of the world's largest computer-science research organizations.

"From Data to Solutions" IGERT Invited Lectures Oct. 4th

Friday, October 4, 2013 - 1:10pm to 2:10pm
Computer Science conference room (CSB 453)
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027
United States

Title: Transforming the Impossible to the Natural

Speaker: Dr. Hsiao-Wuen Hon Managing Director Microsoft Research Asia

Abstract: Reading science fictions over the past one hundred years, one sees many seemingly impossible machines and services, which are now not only widely available, but have become accepted as natural. In this talk, I will share examples which show how technologies developed in research labs have impacted real life user experiences. For example, body gesture, speech, natural user intent understanding, and other new usage scenarios have all recently impacted how users utilize computing. Looking forward, I see exciting opportunities for research to further extend what is considered natural when using computers. What's natural in computing at the end of 21st century will be drastically different than what we find common today.


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