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An ongoing series of conversations bringing you right up to the cutting edge of Microsoft Research.

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    • 4.8 • 77 Ratings

An ongoing series of conversations bringing you right up to the cutting edge of Microsoft Research.

    129 - Machine learning, molecular simulation, and the opportunity for societal good with Chris Bishop and Max Welling

    129 - Machine learning, molecular simulation, and the opportunity for societal good with Chris Bishop and Max Welling

    Unlocking the challenge of molecular simulation has the potential to yield significant breakthroughs in how we tackle such societal issues as climate change, drug discovery, and the treatment of disease, and Microsoft is ramping up its efforts in the space.
    In this episode, Chris Bishop (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/cmbishop/), Lab Director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, welcomes renowned machine learning researcher Max Welling (https://staff.fnwi.uva.nl/m.welling/) to the Microsoft Research team as head of the new Amsterdam lab. Connecting over their shared physics background and vision for molecular simulation, Bishop and Welling explore several fascinating topics, including a future in which machine learning and quantum computing will be used in tandem to model molecules, the power of machine learning to provide “on demand” data in this space, and goals for the first year and beyond at the Amsterdam lab.
    https://www.microsoft.com/research (https://www.microsoft.com/research)

    • 21 min
    128 - New Future of Work: How developer collaboration and productivity are changing in a hybrid work model

    128 - New Future of Work: How developer collaboration and productivity are changing in a hybrid work model

    For Microsoft researchers, COVID-19 was a call to action. The reimagining of work practices had long been an area of study, but existing and new questions that needed immediate answers surfaced as companies and their employees quickly adjusted to significantly different working conditions. Teams from across the Microsoft organizational chart pooled their unique expertise together under The New Future of Work initiative. The results have informed product features designed to better support remote work and are now being used to help companies, including Microsoft, usher their workforces into a future of hybrid work.
    In this episode of The New Future of Work series, Chief Scientist Jaime Teevan (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/teevan/) and Principal Productivity Engineer Brian Houck (https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-houck-b4123132/) discuss what the massive shift to remote work meant for developers—both employees of Microsoft and customers using Microsoft developer platforms to support their work. They’ll talk about how taking a holistic approach to developer productivity can benefit both efficiency and happiness, with an emphasis on the important role social connections and processes play in a field often thought of as an isolated endeavor. They also explore pros and cons of everyday developer tasks, like code review and whiteboarding, being done in a hybrid work setting.
    https://www.microsoft.com/research (https://www.microsoft.com/research)

    • 26 min
    127 - New Future of Work: Staying productive and happy when our office is our home with Jaime Teevan and Sonia Jaffe

    127 - New Future of Work: Staying productive and happy when our office is our home with Jaime Teevan and Sonia Jaffe

    For Microsoft researchers, COVID-19 was a call to action. The reimagining of work practices had long been an area of study, but existing and new questions that needed immediate answers surfaced as companies and their employees quickly adjusted to significantly different working conditions. Teams from across the Microsoft organizational chart pooled their unique expertise together under The New Future of Work initiative. The results have informed product features designed to better support remote work and are now being used to help companies, including Microsoft, usher their workforces into a future of hybrid work.

    In this episode of The New Future of Work series of the podcast, Chief Scientist Jaime Teevan (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/teevan/) and Senior Research Economist Sonia Jaffe (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/sojaffe/) delve into the “Personal Productivity and Well-Being” chapter of the report, beginning with why measuring productivity isn’t as easy as just observing output or counting hours worked. They also explore how people already working from home helped them better understand how people adjusted to remote work, the diversity in experiences among workers, and how we can be better coworkers to our remote colleagues whether we’re working from home or not.
    https://www.microsoft.com/research (https://www.microsoft.com/research)

    • 19 min
    126 - New Future of Work: Meeting and collaborating in a remote and hybrid world with Jaime Teevan and Abigail Sellen

    126 - New Future of Work: Meeting and collaborating in a remote and hybrid world with Jaime Teevan and Abigail Sellen

    For Microsoft researchers, COVID-19 was a call to action. The reimagining of work practices had long been an area of study, but existing and new questions that needed immediate answers surfaced as companies and their employees quickly adjusted to significantly different working conditions. Teams from across the Microsoft organizational chart pooled their unique expertise together under The New Future of Work initiative. The results have informed product features designed to better support remote work and are now being used to help companies, including Microsoft, usher their workforces into a future of hybrid work.

    In this episode of The New Future of Work series of the podcast, Chief Scientist Jaime Teevan (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/teevan/) and Abigail Sellen (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/asellen/), Deputy Lab Director at Microsoft Research Cambridge in the United Kingdom, explore the dynamics of meetings and collaborations in the context of remote work. They specifically address the difference between weak and strong ties in our professional networks and why both matter to employee and company success. They also break down the phenomenon of video fatigue and share ways in which remote meetings may actually have the advantage.
    https://www.microsoft.com/research (https://www.microsoft.com/research)

    • 28 min
    125 - New Future of Work: Driving innovation via cross-company research with Jaime Teevan and Brent Hecht

    125 - New Future of Work: Driving innovation via cross-company research with Jaime Teevan and Brent Hecht

    For Microsoft researchers, COVID-19 was a call to action. The reimagining of work practices had long been an area of study, but existing and new questions that needed immediate answers surfaced as companies and their employees quickly adjusted to significantly different working conditions. Teams from across the Microsoft organizational chart pooled their unique expertise together under The New Future of Work initiative. The results have informed product features designed to better support remote work and are now being used to help companies, including Microsoft, usher their workforces into a future of hybrid work.

    In this episode of The New Future of Work series of the podcast, Chief Scientist Jaime Teevan (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/teevan/) and Director of Applied Science Brent Hecht (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/brhecht/) of the Experiences and Devices group in Microsoft share how an internal SharePoint document led to what they believe is the largest collection of research on the pandemic’s impact on work. They’ll discuss the role of research during times of disruption, the widening scope of productivity tools, why going back to work two to three days a week is ideal, and what else companies should keep in mind as they decide on new work models.
    https://www.microsoft.com/research (https://www.microsoft.com/research)

    • 33 min
    124 - Econ4: Uncovering how decision-making shapes individuals and society through behavioral public economics featuring Evan Rose and Hunt Allcott

    124 - Econ4: Uncovering how decision-making shapes individuals and society through behavioral public economics featuring Evan Rose and Hunt Allcott

    In the world of economics, researchers at Microsoft are examining a range of complex systems—from those that impact the technologies we use to those that inform the laws and policies we create—through the lens of a social science that goes beyond the numbers to better understand people and society.

    In this episode, Senior Principal Researcher Hunt Allcott (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/hallcott/) talks with Postdoctoral Researcher Evan Rose (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/evanrose/) about Allcott’s work exploring the everyday decisions people face, like buying fuel-efficient cars or taking out payday loans, and how a clearer understanding of these decisions can shape meaningful public policy. Allcott shares how his and others’ research shows that policy can often have complex outcomes resulting in hidden benefits and drawbacks, as in the case of taxes on sugary beverages. The researchers also discuss why individuals often feel the competing motivations of making bad versus good decisions—a tension that often lies front-and-center in scenarios primed for behavioral public economics research.
    https://www.microsoft.com/research

    • 57 min

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