CS 201 | Leveling up Next Gen Xbox User Experience with Neural Networks and Sound, KRISHNA KANT CHINTAPUDI, Microsoft Research

Speaker: Krishna Chintapudi
Affiliation: Microsoft Research


This talk presents two groundbreaking innovations in enhancing the gaming experience on Next-Gen Xbox platforms – ADR-X (NSDI 2024) and Ekho (SIGCOMM 2023). ADR-X, is a neural network-assisted wireless link rate adaptation technique for compute-constrained embedded gaming devices. It uses a meticulously crafted NN based contextual bandit that leverages existing communication theory domain knowledge. This allows ADR-X to perform at par with state-of-the-art reinforcement learning techniques such as PPO while also running 100x faster. Ekho introduces a novel approach to synchronizing cloud gaming media over the internet – crucial for immersive gameplay. By embedding faint, human-inaudible pseudo-noise markers into game audio and detecting them through player microphones, Ekho accurately measures and compensates for inter-stream delays.


Krishna Kant Chintapudi is a principal researcher at the Networking Research Group at Microsoft Research Redmond. Prior to joining MSR Redmond, Krishna has worked at Microsoft Research India, Bangalore and Bosch Research and Technology Center in Palo Alto, CA, USA. Krishna graduated from University of Southern California with a PhD in Computer Science in 2006. Krishna Kant Chintapudi’s advisor was Professor Ramesh Govindan.

 Hosted by Professor George Varghese

Date(s) - Feb 22, 2024
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

3400 Boelter Hall
420 Westwood Plaza Los Angeles California 90095