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How Computers Sense and Reflect: MS Research Fellow, Eric Horvitz, Receives AI Award

erichorvitzEric Horvitz a distinguished technical fellow at Microsoft Research and a past president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), has been named the recipient of the ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award for contributions to artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction. The award recognizes advancements that span the computing and decision sciences through developing principles and models of sensing, reflection, and rational action.

acm-logoHorvitz has played a leadership role in the development and fielding of practical applications.  His seminal work has included intelligent cloud services that make predictions about road traffic patterns and provide ideal route directions. He has also developed  computational models that assist physicians with decisions about such outcomes as readmissions and infections; methods that allocate resources within operating systems. Additional work has addressed techniques for prioritizing, filtering, and interpreting email.

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These contributions have advanced the understanding of how computing systems can reflect about their own reasoning and about the goals and cognition of people. Eric has shown how these methods can enable people and machines to work closely together as coordinated teams to solve problems, taking advantage of what is complementary in human and machine intelligence.

Horvitz isaaai_logosm a technical fellow at Microsoft Research and a past president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). He is a fellow of ACM, AAAI, and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

The Newell award is accompanied by a prize of $10,000, provided by ACM and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and by individual contributions. [24×7]