Basser Seminar Series

Research at Facebook (a little taste of)

Speaker: Dr Stewart Tansley
Facebook

When: Friday 14 August, 2015, 1-2pm. Please note different day and time to usual.

Where: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, SIT Board Room (Room 124), Level 1

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Abstract

Founded in 2004, Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. This requires constant innovation, at scale. At Facebook, research permeates everything we do. We believe the most interesting research questions are derived from real-world problems. Our engineers work on cutting edge research with a practical focus and push product boundaries every day. At the same time, they are publishing papers, giving talks, attending and hosting conferences, and collaborating with the academic community. This talk introduces you to some of our challenges and opportunities.

Research at Facebook

Speaker's biography

Stewart is responsible for Academic Relations at Facebook, based in Menlo Park, California (since May 2015). Formerly Academic Partnerships at Yahoo Labs (2014-2015), and before that a Director at Microsoft Research (2003-2014), where he was responsible for partnerships related to Natural User Interface (NUI) and Ubicomp/IoT topics. In 2011 he was acting product manager for the Kinect for Windows SDK from Microsoft Research. In 2009, he co-edited The Fourth Paradigm, a book that collates visionary essays on the emerging field of data-intensive science. He previously spent 13 years in the telecommunications industry in software research and development, focusing on technology transfer. Stewart has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence applied to Engineering from Loughborough University, UK.