Future Decoded 2017–Register Now

Future Decoded is Microsoft’s annual UK conference which describes itself as “A vision of the modern digital business for today and tomorrow”. This year, the conference is held on 31st October & 1st November 2017 at the ExCeL, London. If you are not already registered, you can register for free at https://futuredecoded.com  Unlike previous years,…

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Quantum Computing at Future Decoded

Guest blog By Rob Fraser, Senior Director of Commercial Software Engineering at Microsoft Quantum is a very different form of computing. A quantum computer uses the physics of the very small, individual atoms and particles like electrons, to create a way of computing that can work on specific kinds of problems that are currently intractable…

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Exploring Data Visualisation in Mixed Reality using the Microsoft Hololens

Guest post by Lucas Valtl, M.Sc Student at UCL. About Me My name is Lucas and I recently completed my master thesis (which is the topic of this post) for my M.Sc in Computer Science at University College London. Before that I graduated with a BSc in International Business from Maastricht University and worked at…

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Capturing Occupant Well-being Through Facial Expressions using Microsoft Cognitive Services

Guest post by PhD Student Mark Allen from the University of Cambridge you can read more about me at my blog at https://naturalhouse.org.uk/ About me I am a second year PhD student at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge with broad academic interests ranging from architecture to biomimetics. A civil engineer by training, these…

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Microsoft Deep Learning Virtual Machine

The DLVM is a specially configured variant of the Data Science VM DSVM that is custom made to help users jump start deep learning on Azure GPU VMs. The DLVM uses the same underlying VM images of the DSVM and hence comes with the same set of data science tools and deep learning frameworks as…

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Visual Studio Code Tools for AI Extension

Visual Studio Code Tools for AI is an extension to build, test, and deploy Deep Learning / AI solutions in Microsoft Visual Studio Code. This allows you to develop deep learning and AI solutions across Windows and MacOS This extension seamlessly integrates with Azure Machine Learning for robust experimentation capabilities, including but not limited to…

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Azure Data Box Preview

Wanting to move lots of data to the cloud can take a long time and cost quite a bit, even over fast connections.  In the past have shared how Universities can move data from on Premise into Microsoft Data Centres using Microsoft Storage Import & Export https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/uk_faculty_connection/2017/04/28/post-your-harddrive-for-upload-to-the-cloud/ Which allows Azure users to import data to…

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Installing Python Packages to Azure Notebooks

One of the key questions we get from academic around the use of Azure Notebooks http://notebooks.azure.com is that its critical that we know whether specific python packages can be made available to students. The easy answer is yes and there are actually a couple of options for academics, so that you can ensure packages are…

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How to Build a Chat Bot Using Azure Bot Service and Train It with LUIS

Guest blog by Enyi Shang from Imperial College London. Hi, I am Enyi. I am a Microsoft Student Partner studying Computing in Imperial College London and am going to start my second year this fall. Besides math, technology, and programming, I am also into languages, art, and sports in general. Introduction If you haven’t had…

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Using Microsoft CustomVision.ai Service for image recognition

  To build a classifier, you must first have a valid Microsoft Account, so you can sign into http://www.customvision.ai and get started. Note that you will be able to access your subscription keys once you have created your first project. A series of images to train your classifier (minimum of 6 images per tag and…

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