Microsoft Wins “Patents for Humanity” Award For Infer.NET From USPTO


12, 2013

USPTO Patents for Humanity Pilot Program

We all know the power of research in medicine and allied applications are much more essential for healthy human life. As the exciting field of machine learning research progresses leaps and bounds, the researchers at Microsoft are also contributing to the innovation at a large propotion. Recently, Microsoft was awarded the prestigious  USPTO’s Patents for Humanity Award in Information Technology category for the work in advanced machine learning techniques.

Microsoft researchers have been working on Infer.NET over the last 10 years to provide a framework that makes it much easier to apply advanced machine learning techniques to solve challenging problems. Microsoft provides Infer.NET free of charge for non-commercial purposes, such as scientific or medical research. Examples of joint research studies involving Infer.NET include:

· An asthma study to investigate the early indicators of severe asthma in children and to try to shed light on the environmental and genetic causes of asthma;

· Analysis of key parts of an individual’s DNA sequence to shed new light on how variations in our genetic makeup can make us susceptible to different diseases;

· An examination of how key drivers of forest dynamics, like the growth and mortality rates of different sized trees in different kinds of forests, vary across geographic space and from year to year, to improve understanding of the effects of climate change.

The power of Infer.NET is that it can accelerate our understanding of complex problems, such as those commonly found in health, biology and the environment, and allows Microsoft Research and scientists across the world to advance towards solutions even faster.

Read more about it from the link below.

Source: Microsoft

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