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Computer Scientist’s Apprentice

Saturday, May 30, 2015
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Whether they’re making the smallest smartphone apps or the biggest search engines, computer scientists need to know more than just how to write code. They need to be able to think like a computer too. Apprentices were one of the few to get a chance to visit Microsoft’s Research Lab and join researchers Jake Hofman and Justin Rao. Kids wrote their own code to predict an opponent’s next move in Rock, Paper, Scissors, distinguish spam from normal emails, and learned how search engines are not really different from auction houses.

This event is supported by the Bezos Family Foundation. 


Jake HofmanResearch Scientist

Jake Hofman is a Researcher at Microsoft Research in New York City, where his work in computational social science involves applications of statistics and machine learning to large-scale social data. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a member of the Microeconomics and Social Systems group at Yahoo! Research.

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Justin M. RaoResearch Scientist

Justin M. Rao is a researcher at Microsoft Research in New York City. He did his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. in economics at the University of California in San Diego.

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