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AI at the Core of Microsoft products

October 30, 2021 @ 9:45 am - 11:30 am

Dr. Shobana Balakrishnan is a Partner Program Manager at Microsoft’s core AI group. She has worked in Office/M365responsible for infusing AI into Office 365 services. She studied engineering at JNTU College of Engineering in Hyderabad before moving on to the US to to her MS at the University of Houston and her PhD at the Ohio State University. She has been with Microsoft for almost 22 years across Windows, over 9 years at Microsoft Research, Bing, Office and most recently doing an incubation on the next gen cloud AI platform. She has been a key contributor to the development of several AI features in Microsoft’s products, including Flash Fill in Excel, Smart Reply in Outlook and Teams, Recommendation systems in Outlook and Viva Topics in Sharepoint. Topic: AI at the Core of Microsoft products Microsoft Office transformed office user productivity. It has continuously evolved and has always been at the cutting edge of research in software and algorithms, and Artificial Intelligence. In this talk, Dr. Shobana describes how advanced features in MS Office like smart reply, recommendation systems, semantic search, Viva topics and other novel features have been built with the foundation of research and innovation in AI. She will discuss what it takes to productize research ideas and also influencing new research directions based on real problems. She will also be sharing key aspects of her professional journey (but we can have another talk on this if there is interest) and interact with IEEE Hyderabad’s WiE members. Speaker(s): Dr. Shobana Balakrishnan , Agenda: Agenda: 1. Session handling by Dr.S.Harivardhagini, Vice-Chair, IEEE WIE AG 2. Welcome address by Dr.Y.Padma Sai, Chair, IEEE WIE AG 3. Address by Mr. N. Venkatesh, Senior Director, Silicon Labs, USA, Past-Chair, IEEE Hyderabad Section 4. Introduction of Guest Speaker- Dr. Aruna Bharathi, Treasurer, WIE 5. Speech by Emminent Speaker-Dr. Shobana Balakrishnan 6. Qand A session- Ms. Dilshad, Member, WIE 7. Concluding Remarks and Vote of Thanks-Ms. Sangeeta Singh, Secretary, WIE Virtual:


October 30, 2021
9:45 am - 11:30 am
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