Microsoft Academic Services: A Mission to Beat Human in Cognition
- Speaker: Dr Kuansan Wang (Microsoft Research)
- Host: Andrei Voronkov
- 26th April 2017 at 14:00 in KB L.T 1.5
Abstract: Cognition is defined as the "mental process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses," and often "encompasses processes such as knowledge, attention, memory, judgment, evaluation, reasoning and computation." Based on this definition, humans appear to be destined to be surpassed by machine as machine can be equipped with massive memory with perfect recall, can remain attentive with perpetual endurance, and can exercise judgments and reasoning by executing necessary computations in a much faster and precise fashion. In this talk, I will describe Microsoft Academic services (MAS), a project set forth two years ago to create a cognitive agent that is proficient in all fields of study and explore how such an agent can empowered scholars to be better informed and more productive. At the core of MAS are a stack of technologies manifest themselves in the form of open cloud services that are designed to extract and organize knowledge from all academic publications discoverable from the entire web. I will overview the technical challenges we have faced, show how MAS performs at the age two, and describe the role it plays for MSR to assess research impacts of job applicants and our own researchers, to determine our sponsorships for academic conferences and research proposals, to analyze new trends and hot research topics, and to identify colleagues and institutions we should start or deepen ongoing collaborations.