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Microsoft Research announces winners of the Open Source Challenge

In February, Microsoft Research announced an Open Source Challenge for students who want to solve interesting science or societal problems using open source technologies. Applicants utilized one of the more than fifty Microsoft Research open source projects that span the range of computer science, from artificial intelligence and visualization to cryptography and programming models. Interest...

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Improving airports using open source tools on Microsoft Azure

One of the great understudied bottlenecks at airports is the time aircraft spend taxiing to and from the runway. Sandy Brownlee, PhD, a senior research assistant at the University of Stirling in Scotland, and Jason Atkin, assistant professor at the University of Nottingham, turned their computer science expertise toward this problem. Cloud computing is empowering the...

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Microsoft releases CNTK, its open source deep learning toolkit

Microsoft released its Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK) on GitHub, making the tools that its own researchers use to speed up advances in artificial intelligence available to a broader group of developers. Xuedong Huang, Microsoft’s chief speech scientist, and his team were anxious to make faster improvements to how well computers can understand speech, and the...

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