Bored of MNIST? Let’s build your own OCR deep learning computer vision AI using Microsoft CNTK with EMNIST (Step by step guide)

Guest post by Chih Han Chen , Microsoft Student Partner from Imperial College London. I am currently a second year PhD student at Imperial College London. My research is mainly on expert systems and artificial intelligence for personalized decision based on genetics. I am interested in the application of informatics, big data, machine learning, data…

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Microsoft AI & AI School, learn how to start building intelligence into your solutions

http://azure.com/ai brings the best of the cloud to AI developers, and the best of AI to cloud developers. A great set of training resources are available at, the AI School. Dive in and learn how to start building intelligence into your solutions with the Microsoft AI platform, including pre-trained AI services like Cognitive Services and…

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Blockchain Hackathon in Clinical Trials

Guest blog by Dr Melek Somai, Imperial College London. Blockchain Hackathon in Clinical Trials Earlier this month, Imperial College London hosted the first edition of the Hackathon series exploring Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies in Healthcare and Life Sciences. The theme of this first edition was to explore Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies for Clinical…

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NVidia P100 and V100 coming to Azure

Corey Sanders announced this week for Super Computing Conference that Microsoft are launching a new VM size on Azure, the NCv3. This new size will offer the new NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU. You can sign up for the preview today. NVIDIA® Tesla® V100 is the world’s most advanced data center GPU ever built to accelerate…

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Microsoft Azure Low-priority Virtual Machines – take advantage of surplus capacity in Azure.

Low-priority VMs make new types of Batch workloads possible by providing a large amount of compute power that is also economical. See example at https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/uk_faculty_connection/2017/07/24/running-a-simulation-on-20-low-priority-azure-vms-for-a-cost-of-0-02/  Low-priority VMs Take advantage of surplus capacity in Azure. When you specify low-priority VMs in your pools, Azure Batch can automatically use this surplus when available. Low-priority VMs are offered…

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Microsoft’s Batch AI Service – Train & test machine learning models, on pools of GPU machines.

Microsoft Batch AI Microsoft’s Batch AI Service is a new service that helps you train and test machine learning models, including deep learning models, on pools of GPU machines. It simplifies the process of creating a cluster of machines and training on it using many popular deep learning frameworks like TensorFlow, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, and…

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A first step into Azure Functions and other Azure services

Guest blog by Johannes Goslar Microsoft Student Partner at Oxford University   About Me Let me introduce myself first. I am Johannes – usually called Johnny – Goslar. I got into development around 2011 by programming iOS games and am currently reading for a MSc in Computer Science at the University of Oxford. More information…

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Visual Studio Code and the AI Extension with Azure Machine Learning Work Bench

Guest blog by Rudraksh Shankaran  Microsoft Student Partner at University College London About Me: Hello! I’m Rudraksh Shankaran and I’m a 1st year Computer Science student at UCL. I’ve been very passionate about technology since middle school. I’m not a programming expert as I’m only a 1st year but have aspirations, however, I’m an avid…

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Interactive Designs with Microsoft Bot

Guest post by XinYue Microsoft Student Partner at Oxford University About me Hi I’m Xinyue. I study computer science and psychology at Brown University, and am currently a visiting student at Oxford. Interested in illustration, graphical arts and writing, I hope to combine human-centered design with technology. Introduction to Bot Framework Ever want to have…

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An Introduction to Azure Functions in Java

Guest post by Jin Sun Park Microsoft Student Partner at Imperial College About Me Hello! My name is Jin Sun Park and I am currently a second year Computing student at Imperial College London. I’m originally from Korea, but I grew up in Singapore and the Philippines. My academic interests include data science and computer…

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