Last Week on Channel 9: July 24th – July 30th, 2017

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Busy week last week! Here's 31, a select, condensed list of shows, posts, videos and episodes from last week here on Channel 9.

Drone Rules and things to know with Erik Petersen

In this episode, chapter lead Jacob is joined by Erik Petersen who is a Microsoft Software Engineer that is also a pilot that is deeply active in the aerospace community.  We talk about rules and things you need to know before you fly and places you can go to help you get that information.   

The Facebook group Erik helps admin to help folks with Part 107 or 333 exemptions (the pinned doc is a goldmine):...      

TWC9: Bug Bounty, Fast and Easy Containers, Edge Summit, We Still Love MS Paint and more...

This week on Channel 9, guest hosts Christina Warren and Beth Pan discuss the week's top developer news, including;

Dr. Neil and Golnaz show YOU how to use the Surface Hub

Dr. Neil and Golnaz show YOU how to use Microsoft's Surface Hub

Learn how to:

  • Switch on the Surface Hub
  • Get started using the Surface Hub...      
Design Expo 2017: University of Washington, Interaction Design Program

Each year, Microsoft Research sponsors a semester-long class at leading design schools. Students are asked to form interdisciplinary teams of two to four students to design a user experience prototype that solves a real-world problem. From these groups, a representative team from each school presents their work at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington USA.

Design Expo began as a partnership between Microsoft and Apple to integrate technology into the curriculum of design schools worldwide. The goal is to build long term relationship with the design schools and build community across schools....      

Behind the Scenes: How Avatarion helps sick children stay connected with robots and Azure…

Avatarion Technology creates custom solutions for robots. It develops applications for humanoid robots by providing customers with a complete infrastructure to work and interact with these robots. Its most successful solution is Avatar Kids, a unique, worldwide project that enables children and teens to remain in contact with their home and school environments during long-term hospital stays.

Join Jerry Nixon as he welcomes the CEO and Founder of Avatarion, Jean Christophe Gostanian, to the show as they discuss how this amazing solution is powered with the help of Azure IoT Hub, Azure Stream Analytics, Azure SQL Database and Microsoft Power BI....      

Microsoft Excel: Basics and beyond (productivity demo)

Brian Moring, productivity trainer with Microsoft IT Showcase, demonstrates how to use Excel for collaboration and increased productivity in the cloud. Find out how to create an Excel workbook, save it to OneDrive, use formulas and functions, and visualize your data in charts and graphs. See how to insert PivotTables and learn how to access Excel from your Windows, iOS, or Android device. 

These questions — and more — are discussed during this session:

  • [02:26] Create an Excel workbook...      
Episode 492: Pratap Ladhani on PowerApps

Pratap Ladhani talks about how to use PowerApps to build cross-platform applications for your enterprise....      

DEVintersection Europe Countdown Show on Azure with Paul Yuknewicz

Build modern cloud apps! Paul Yuknewicz talks to Richard Campbell about how Azure continues to evolve to empower developers to build their applications the way they always have, but also in the cloud! The power of Azure is as much compute as you need at the time – scale on demand! Paul talks about the ability to snapshot applications in product to understand problems as they occur in production – no "failure to reproduce" problems here! See Paul and his team talk about Azure development at DEVintersection Europe in Stockholm Sweden, Sept 18-20. ...      

Gaussian Sampling over the Integers: Efficient, Generic, Constant-Time

Sampling integers with Gaussian distribution is a fundamental problem that arises in almost every application of lattice cryptography, and it can be both time consuming and challenging to implement. Most previous work has focused on the optimization and implementation of integer Gaussian sampling in the context of specific applications, with fixed sets of parameters. We present new algorithms for discrete Gaussian sampling that are both generic (application independent), efficient, and more easily implemented in constant time without incurring a substantial slow-down, making them more resilient to side-channel (e.g., timing) attacks. In the process, we also present new analytical techniques that can be used to simplify the precision/security evaluation of floating point cryptographic algorithms, and showing that standard double precision (53-bit) floating numbers are typically enough to achieve high (>100-bit) level of security.       

Using Azure Scheduled Events to Prepare for VM Maintenance

Eric Radzikowski joins Scott Hanselman on Azure Friday to discuss how developers can increase application availability by using Azure Scheduled Events to prepare for virtual machine maintenance.      

Keynote: Model-Based Machine Learning

Today, thousands of scientists and engineers are applying machine learning to an extraordinarily broad range of domains, and over the last five decades, researchers have created literally thousands of machine learning algorithms. Traditionally an engineer wanting to solve a problem using machine learning must choose one or more of these algorithms to try, and their choice is often constrained by their familiar with an algorithm, or by the availability of software implementations. In this talk we talk about 'model-based machine learning', a new approach in which a custom solution is formulated for each new application. We show how probabilistic graphical models, coupled with efficient inference algorithms, provide a flexible foundation for model-based machine learning, and we describe several large-scale commercial applications of this framework. We also introduce the concept of 'probabilistic programming' as a powerful approach to model-based machine learning, and we discuss a specific probabilistic programming language called Infer.NET, which has been widely used in practical applications.      

Keynote: AI, People, and Society

Advances in AI promise great benefit to people and organizations. However, as we push the science of AI forward, we need to consider potential downsides, unintended consequences and costly outcomes. Challenges include ethical and legal issues with the use of autonomous systems, end-user distrust in reasoning, errors and biases in reasoning, the rise of inadvertent side effects, and criminal uses of AI. We will discuss rising concerns with the influences of AI on people and society, and promising directions for addressing them.      

Cloud Gal: Steph Burg (Ep. 3)

In the third episode of Cloud Gal, I talk to Steph Burg, aspiring CVP and developer in Office, who recently switched roles from developer to engineering manager. In this episode, we discuss her path to software development, how she landed at Microsoft, her work/life balance, advice for other women pursuing technical careers, and sage wisdom on investing vs. harvesting during one's career. We discuss the work she did in Office, specifically on Publisher, as well as her accessibility work on Microsoft Word. Bonus: she was in a civil war reenactment band growing up!...      

Imagine Cup, Shark Week on Windows Store, and more

This week we're celebrating a milestone with some fierce competition, showing off a new free online tool to help you choose your next PC. Plus, we're celebrating Shark Week throughout the show! Specific topics covered in this week's episode include:

  • Headlines: Imagine Cup World Championships...      
CodeChat 070 - Meet the Interns

The energy and enthusiasm level of a single intern is inspiring to me, so I was glad to get three recent Microsoft interns into Studio C at Channel 9 for a little code chat about their experience coming onboard at Microsoft as intern evangelists.

It's really fun to hear what technology-related university degree programs are like these days and what your options are as a new university student. It's been a long time since my university studies, but although little has changed with the actual degree offerings, it's a whole different world for prospective technologists.      

DEVintersection Countdown Show on the SharePoint 2017 with Dan Holme

Dan Holme and Richard Campbell talk about some of the latest features in SharePoint 2017. After many years as a consultant, Dan has joined Microsoft to be a part of building out the latest and greatest version of SharePoint. Now wrapped tightly into Office365, the development model of SharePoint is completely changed, and for the better! Dan talks about how regular web developers can get their head around SharePoint development quickly and that experienced SharePoint developers can now use conventional web development tools to get custom features implemented for their customers. See Dan, his team and a great group of talent SharePoint speakers at DEVintersection, Oct 31-Nov 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. ...      

Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK) for Deep Learning

Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK) is a production-grade, open-source, deep-learning library. In the spirit of democratizing AI tools, CNTK embraces fully open development, is available on GitHub, and provides support for both Windows and Linux. The recent 2.0 release (currently in release candidate) packs in several enhancements—most notably Python/C++ API support, easy-to-onboard tutorials (as Python notebooks) and examples, and an easy-to-use Layers interface. These enhancements, combined with unparalleled scalability on NVIDIA hardware, were demonstrated by both NVIDIA at SuperComputing 2016 and Cray at NIPS 2016. These enhancements from the CNTK supported Microsoft in its recent breakthrough in speech recognition, reaching human parity in conversational speech. The toolkit is used in all kinds of deep learning, including image, video, speech, and text data. The speakers will discuss the current features of the toolkit's release and its application to deep learning projects.      

Behind the Scenes: How DroneWorks built a Safety Flight Platform for Industrial Drones…

The drone industry is attracting the attention of many people who have innovative ideas for how to use them, and as a result many companies are now focusing on building new applications for them. According to a recent study, by 2030, fifty percent of the market for industrial drones will be focused on agriculture and photography. Unfortunately, there are currently no standardized safety mechanisms in place and these giant flying objects can be subject to hacking or malfunctioning.  ...

Snack Pack 17: Building Your First .NET Core App in Visual Studio for Mac

Welcome to The Xamarin Show Snack Pack Edition. A Snack Pack is bite sized episode that is focused on a specific topic and covered in just a few minutes. Today, we take a look at look at how to build your very first .NET Core application using Visual Studio for Mac and how to share code between it and other applications such as Xamarin and Windows with .NET Standard Libraries....      

Episode 162: Fluent Design with James Clarke

We talk with James Clarke about fluent design. 27,000 errors in the Tizen operating system. And the insane list of top level domains.      

AI for Earth

Human society is faced with an unprecedented challenge to mitigate and adapt to changing climates, ensure resilient water supplies, sustainably feed a population of 10 billion, and stem a catastrophic loss of biodiversity. Time is too short, and resources too thin, to achieve these outcomes without the exponential power and assistance of AI. Early efforts are encouraging, but current solutions are typically one-off attempts that require significant engineering beyond what's available from the AI research community. In this session we will explore, in collaboration with the Computational Sustainability Network (a twice-funded National Science Foundation (NSF) Expedition) the latest applications of AI research to sustainability challenges, as well as ways to streamline environmental applications of AI so they can work with traditional academic programs. The speakers in this session will set the scene on the state of the art in AI for Earth research and frame the agenda for the next generation of AI applications.      

SQL Unplugged - July 2017 Edition

Rohan Kumar and Scott Klein are back LIVE on SQL Unplugged. Great topics (including SQL Server 2017, SQL DW, Built-in AI, Postgress/MySQL, and more!) and some great audience questions!

This show is your avenue for chatting with the individuals who own the relational database at Microsoft. Tune in each month as Scott and Rohan answer your questions and discuss the insights and inner workings of the SQL Server engineering team. Be sure to follow this show on Twitter (@SQLUnplugged) for updates and information on upcoming shows.      

Security and Horsepower with App Service: The New Isolated Offering

You love App Service, but you need to run your apps securely inside of an Azure Virtual Network. Plus having a little (or a lot) more horsepower would be nice, too. Stefan Schackow joins Scott Hanselman for a whirlwind tour of the new Isolated App Service offering: D-Seriesv2 workers running App Service all inside the secure “moat” of your Azure virtual network.      

Design Patterns: Observer and Publish-Subscribe

This is the fourth of an eight part series where Robert is joined by Phil Japikse to discuss design patterns. A design pattern is a best practice you can use in your code to solve a common problem.  In this episode, Phil demonstrates the Observer pattern. In this pattern, an object, called the subject, maintains a list of its dependents, called observers, and notifies them automatically of any state changes, usually by calling one of their methods. Phil also compares the Observer pattern to the Publish-Subscribe pattern.

Episodes in this series:

Azure SQL Database Elastic Pools and Elastic Jobs

This week's episode of Data Exposed Scott welcomes two awesome individuals, Torsten Grabs and Morgan Oslake (Principal PM in the SQL product group), to talk about the great topic of Azure SQL Database Elastic Pools and Elastic Jobs. We also have a surprise guest on the show, but we'll get to that shortly. ;)

[00:32] - Morgan provides an overview of Elastic Pools and how they are being used today, scenarios where they come into play and how applications can benefit from the performance and scale technology. ...      

Tools for Data Science - The Microsoft Azure Portal

When you start developing your Advanced Analytics projects, you have several tools at your disposal - from graphical environments to command-line interfaces. Buck Woody from the AI and Research Team at Microsoft shows you the Microsoft Azure Portal in this video.       

Utilizing Social Media for Disaster Relief

Effective coordination of post-disaster relief operations depends critically on the availability of reliable situational information, as well as on citizen participation in the operations. The advent of online social media (e.g., Twitter, Facebook) and the widespread availability of mobile Internet today enable regular citizens to contribute to the relief operations, even if they are themselves stuck in the disaster effected zones. The aim of this project is to develop mechanisms for utilizing online social media for helping post-disaster relief operations. Specifically, our goal is to develop tools that help coordinate resource requests and resource offerings, to ensure optimal resource utilization during the disaster.To this end, we first propose to analyze the linguistic characteristics of resource requests and resource offerings posted on Twitter during various disaster scenarios....      

HollyChat! Domain Specific Conversational Agents

Most of the AI systems today are driven by three key components (i) data (ii) common sense knowledge and (iii) powerful learning algorithms which can harness this data and knowledge to learn task specific meaningful patterns. Recently there has been a lot of interest in domain-specific dialog systems with several downstream use cases such as shopping assistants, customer support, tour guides, etc. Most of the existing dialog systems are partly in line with the trend mentioned above - in the sense that they are data driven and use powerful algorithms (deep recurrent neural networks and their variants). However, we are nowhere close to building deployable domain-specific conversation systems. One of the primary reasons for this shortfall is that such agents do not exploit any common sense or real-world knowledge, and thereby are unable to maintain a richer context of the conversation. We propose to focus on domain specific conversation systems which use domain specific knowledge graphs as external memory....      

Behind the Scenes: How Powel uses Azure IoT and DevOps to detect water leakages and…

Cities across Norway are seeing an average water loss of more than 30% due to leakages in their water distribution network. This represents a significant cost that ends up in the hands of consumers.

Join Jerry Nixon as he welcomes the team from Powel,  a trusted supplier of software solutions for cities/municipalities, counties and the energy industry, as they discuss how they recently teamed up with Microsoft and implemented an Azure  IoT “SmartWater” solution that provides organizations with the ability to discover and react to these leakages early....      

DEVintersection Countdown Show on the Fundamentals of DevOps with Robert Green

Robert Green and Richard Campbell chat about getting back to fundamentals in development. Robert focuses on two topics in the conversation – DevOps and mobile development. Digging into the fundamentals of DevOps from the development perspective is really about automating the pipeline from writing code to delivering it in a working form – and that includes testing! When it comes to mobile development, Robert talks about getting Xamarin tooling set up so that you can write code and see it in action on a device to iterate your application as quickly as possible. If you’re looking to move into some new skillsets or brush up on topics you’ve already explored, come to DEVintersection at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Oct 31-Nov 2. Sign up for a workshop package today at and you’ll go home with your choice of an XBOX One S or VR headset!      

99DOTS: Using Mobile Phones to Ensure Complete Recovery from Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is a completely curable disease, yet over 1 million people die from TB every year.  One of the major challenges is to ensure that patients complete a full six-month course of antibiotics, which is required to make a full recovery.  Using 99DOTS, patients reveal unpredictable hidden phone numbers whenever they dispense medication from a blister pack.  They place free calls to these numbers to report that drugs are dispensed and taken.  Patients who miss doses receive automated reminders, as well as targeted follow-up by care providers.  In a close collaboration with the government and other organizations, 99DOTS has already reached tens of thousands of patients across India.  By using simple yet innovative technology, we can help to ensure that every patient makes a full recovery from TB.      

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