REDMOND, Wash.--With its annual TechFest, Microsoft gives its researchers the opportunity to show off what they have cooking in the lab to employees in other business units in a science fair setting.
Microsoft researcher Stuart Taylor shows a tool that aims to build a better the shoebox for storing photos. Icons represent characteristics such as a color, photos with certain faces, or recent photos. By moving the icon toward the center of the screen, photos with that characteristic become more heavily represented in the collection of photos displayed.
In a social media and learning theory presentation at TechFest, graphs demonstrate the dynamics involved in developing recommendation systems that collect and weigh opinions posted across a social network.