Ed Cutrell
Ed Cutrell
Microsoft Research India Pvt Ltd
No. 9, Vigyan
Lavelle Road
Bangalore 560 025
India

Phone: +91 080 6658 6002
Fax: +1 425 936 7329

Curriculum Vitae
Background
Ed Cutrell manages the Technology for Emerging Markets group at Microsoft Research India. He is a cognitive psychologist with a background in cognitive neuroscience and has been working in the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) for more than a decade.

Ed's research concerns the exploration and measurement of human interactions with information technology. Over the years, he has worked on a broad range of HCI topics, including input technologies, visual perception and graphics, intelligent notifications and disruptions, and interfaces for search and personal information management. His current research focuses on Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD). In this work, he seeks to understand how people in the world's poor communities interact with information technologies and explores new ways for technology to meet their needs and support their socio-economic development.
Pubs & Papers

2014

Schwartz, A., Bhavsar, M., Cutrell, E., Donner, J. & Densmore, M. (2014). "Optimizing mobile deployments". Microsoft Research Technical Report, no. MSR-TR-2014-45, 1 April 2014.

Cross, A., Bayyapunedi, M., Ravindran, D, Cutrell, E. & Thies, W. (2014). "VidWiki: Enabling the crowd to improve the legibility of online educational videos.". In Proceedings of CSCW, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, (Baltimore), ACM press.

Cutrell, E. & Thies, W. (2014). "MOOCS in the Developing World; Lessons from India." Invited talk at the first annual meeting ofACM Conference on Learning at Scale, (Atlanta).
Presentation Slides

2013

Mohan, A., Cutrell, E. & Parthasarathy, B. (2013). "Instituting credibility, accountability and transparency in local service delivery? The Helpline and Aasthi in Karnataka, India". In Proceedings of ICTD 2013, the 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, (Cape Town), ACM press.

Pai, N., Supe, P., Kore, S., Nandanwar, Y.S., Hegde, A., Cutrell, E. & Thies, W. (2013). "Using automated voice calls to improve adherence to iron supplements during pregnancy: A pilot study". In Proceedings of ICTD 2013, the 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, (Cape Town), ACM press.

Schwartz, A., Bhavsar, M., Cutrell, E., Donner, J. & Densmore, M. (2013). "Balancing burden and benefit: Non-prescribed use of employer-issued mobile devices". In Proceedings of ICTD 2013, the 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, (Cape Town), ACM press.

Cutrell, E., Bala, S., Bansal, C., Cross, A., Datha, N., John, A., Kumar, R., Parthasarathy, M., Prakash, S., Rajamani, S. & Thies, W.(2013). "Massively Empowered Classroom: Enhancing technical education in India". Microsoft Research Technical Report, no. MSR-TR-2013-127, 31 December, 2013.

Cross, A., Bayyapunedi, M., Cutrell, E., Agarwal, A. & Thies, W. (2013). "TypeRighting: Combining the benefits of handwriting and typeface in online educational videos". In Proceedings of CHI 2013, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (Paris), ACM press.

Cuendet, S., Medhi, I., Bali, K. & Cutrell, E. (2013). "VideoKheti: Making video content accessible to low-literate and novice users". In Proceedings of CHI 2013, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (Paris), ACM press. Video

Medhi, I., Lakshmanan, M., Toyama, K. & Cutrell, E. (2013). "Some evidence for the impact of limited education on hierarchical user interface navigation". In Proceedings of CHI 2013, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (Paris), ACM press.

Rangaswamy, N., Challugulla, G., Young, M. & Cutrell, E. (2013). "Local Pocket Internet and Global Social Media. Bridging the Digital Gap: Facebook and Youth Sub-Stratum in Urban India.". In IFIP WG9.4: 12th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, (Ocho Rios, Jamaica).

McCarthy, T., Pal, J. & Cutrell, E. (2013). "The "voice" has it: Screen reader adoption and switching behavior among vision impaired persons in India". In Assistive Technology, Taylor & Francis.

Chakraborty, D., Medhi, I., Cutrell, E. & Thies, W. (2013). "Man versus Machine: Evaluating IVR versus a Live Operator for Phone Surveys in India". In Proceedings of ACM Symposium on Computing for Development (DEV 2013), (Bangalore), ACM Press.

Sen, R., Cross, A., Vashistha, A. Padmanabhan, V., Cutrell, E. & Thies, W. (2013). "Accurate Speed and Density Measurement for Road Traffic in India". In Proceedings of ACM Symposium on Computing for Development (DEV 2013), (Bangalore), ACM Press.

2012

Cross, A., Cutrell, E. & Thies, W. (2012). "Low-cost audience polling using computer vision". In UIST 2012: 25th Annual ACM symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, Cambridge, MA.

Oeldorf-Hirsch, A., Donner, J. & Cutrell, E. (2012). "How bad is good enough? Exploring mobile video quality trade-offs for bandwidth-constrained consumers". In NordiCHI '12: Proceedings 0f the 9th Nordic conference on human-computer interaction, Copenhagen.

Medhi, I., Jain, M., Tewari, A., Bhavsar, M., Matheke-Fischer, M. & Cutrell, E. (2012). "Combating rural child malnutrition through inexpensive mobile phones". In NordiCHI '12: Proceedings 0f the 9th Nordic conference on human-computer interaction, Copenhagen.

Rangaswamy, N. & Cutrell, E. (2012). Re-sourceful networks: Notes from a mobile social networking platform in India. Pacific Affairs, 85(3), 587-606.

Medhi, I., Menon, R. S., Cutrell, E., & Toyama, K. (2012). Correlation between limited education and transfer of learning. Information Technology & International Development, 8(2), 51-65.

Medhi, I., Tewari, A., Jain, M. & Cutrell, E. (2012). "The fate of a digital slate: Unexpected issues with deployment in rural India". In User Experience Magazine, 11(2), pp 10-11,22.
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Marsden, G., Cutrell, E., Jones, M., Nanavati, A. A., & Rajput, N. (2012). "Making technology invisible in the developing world. In Computer, 45(4), pp 82-85.
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Dell, N., Vaidyanathan, V., Medhi, I., Cutrell, E. & Thies, W. (2012). "Yours is better!" Participant response bias in HCI. In Proceedings of CHI 2012, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (Austin), ACM press.

Gupta, A., Thies, W., Cutrell, E. & Balakrishnan, R. (2012). mClerk: Enabling mobile crowdsourcing in developing regions. In Proceedings of CHI 2012, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (Austin), ACM press.

Sambasivan, N. & Cutrell, E. (2012). Understanding negotiation in airtime sharing in low-income microenterprises. In Proceedings of CHI 2012, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (Austin), ACM press.
Best of CHI honorable mention

Rangaswamy, N. & Cutrell, E. (2012). Anthropology, development and ICTs: Slums, youth and the mobile internet in urban India. In Proceedings of ICTD 2012, the 5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, (Atlanta), IEEE press.

McCarthy, T., Pal, J., Cutrell, E. & Marballi, T. (2012). An analysis of screen reader use in India. In Proceedings of ICTD 2012, the 5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, (Atlanta), IEEE press.

2011

Cutrell, E. (2011). Context and design in ICT for global development. In UN Chronicle. United Nations in a united world., Vol. XLVIII, No. 3.

Jain, M., Birnholtz, J., Cutrell, E. & Balakrishnan, R. (2011). Exploring display techniques for mobile collaborative learning in developing regions. In MobileHCI 2011: 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, (Stockholm), ACM press.

Mathur, A., Ramachandran, D., Cutrell, E., & Balakrishnan, R. (2011). An exploratory study on the use of camera phones and pico projectors in rural India. In MobileHCI 2011: 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, (Stockholm), ACM press.

Panjwani, S., Uppal, A., & Cutrell, E.(2011). Script-agnostic reflow of text in document images. In MobileHCI 2011: 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, (Stockholm), ACM press.

Reda, A., Cutrell, E. & Noble, B. (2011). Towards improved web acceleration: leveraging the personal web. In NSDR: The ACM Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions, (Washington, D.C.), ACM press.

Reda, A., Panjwani, S. & Cutrell, E. (2011). Hyke: A low-cost remote attendance tracking system for developing regions. In NSDR: The ACM Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions, (Washington, D.C.), ACM press.

Cutrell, E. (2011). Technology for Emerging Markets at MSR India. In Proceedings of CSCW, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, (Hangzhou, China), ACM press, 9-16.

Sambasivan, N., Weber, J. & Cutrell, E.(2011). Designing a phone broadcasting system for urban sex workers in India. In Proceedings of CHI 2011, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (Vancouver), ACM press.
Best of CHI honorable mention

2010

Dumais, S., Buscher, G., & Cutrell, E. (2010). Individual differences in gaze patterns for Web search. Proceedings of IIiX 2010, Information Interaction in Context, (New Brunswick).

Hutchful, D. & Cutrell, E. (2010). Cloze: An authoring tool for teachers with low computer proficiency. Proceedings of ICTD 2010, the 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, (London), IEEE.

Ladeira, I. & Cutrell, E. (2010). Teaching with storytelling: An investigation of narrative videos for skills training. Proceedings of ICTD 2010, the 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, (London), IEEE.

Medhi, I, Menon, R., Cutrell, E. & Toyama, K. (2010). Beyond strict illiteracy: Abstracted learning among low-literate users. Proceedings of ICTD 2010, the 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, (London), IEEE.

Morawczynski, O., Hutchful, D., Rangaswamy, N. & Cutrell, E. (2010). The bank account is not enough: Examining strategies for financial inclusion in India. Proceedings of ICTD 2010, the 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, (London), IEEE.

Panjwani, S. & Cutrell, E. (2010). Usably secure, low-cost authentication for mobile banking. Proceedings of ACM Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS), (Seattle), ACM Press.

Panjwani, S., Samdaria, N., Gupta, A., Cutrell, E. & Toyama, K. (2010). Collage: A presentation tool for school teachers. Proceedings of ICTD 2010, the 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, (London), IEEE.

Buscher, G., Dumais, S., & Cutrell, E. (2010). The good, the bad, and the random: An eye-tracking study of ad quality in Web search. In Proceedings of SIGIR 2010, (Geneva), ACM press.

Ramachandran, D., Canny, J., Das, P.D. & Cutrell, E. (2010). Mobile-izing Health Workers in Rural India. In Proceedings of CHI 2010, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (Atlanta), ACM press, 1889-1898.
Best of CHI Award

Sambasivan, N., Cutrell, E., Toyama, K. & Nardi, B. (2010). Intermediated Technology Use in Developing Communities. In Proceedings of CHI 2010, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (Atlanta), ACM press, 2583-2592.
Best of CHI honorable mention

Sambasivan, N., Cutrell, E. & Toyama, K. (2010). ViralVCD: Tracing Information-Diffusion Paths with Low Cost Media in Developing Communities. In Proceedings of CHI 2010, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (Atlanta), ACM press, 2607-2610.

2009

Sambasivan, N., Rangaswammy, N., Cutrell, E., & Nardi, B. (2009). Ubicomp4D: Infrastructure and Interaction for International Development-- the Case of Urban Indian Slums. 11th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2009, (Orlando), ACM press, 155-164.

Andre, P., Cutrell, E., Tan, D.S. & Smith, G. (2009). Designing Novel Image Search Interfaces by Understanding Unique Characteristics and Usage. In Gulliksen & Oestreicher Human-Computer Interaction INTERACT '09, (Uppsala, Sweden 2009), Springer (for IFIP), 340-353.

Bergman, O., Tucker, S. Beyth-Marom, R. Cutrell, E. & Whittaker, S. (2009). It's Not That Important: Demoting Personal Information of Low Subjective Importance Using GrayArea. In Proceedings of CHI 2009, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (Boston), ACM press, 269-278.

Buscher, G., Cutrell, E. & Morris, M. (2009). What Do You See When You're Surfing? Using Eye Tracking to Predict Salient Regions of Web Pages. In Proceedings of CHI 2009, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (Boston), ACM press, 21-30.

Moraveji, N., Inkpen, K. Cutrell, E. & Balakrishnan, R. (2009). A Mischief of Mice: Examining Children's Performance in Single Display Groupware Systems with 1 to 32 Mice. In Proceedings of CHI 2009, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (Boston), ACM press, 2157-2166.

Teevan, J., Cutrell, E., Fisher, D., Drucker, S., Ramos, G., Andre, P. & Hu, C (2009). Visual Snippets: Summarizing Web Pages for Search and Revisitation. In Proceedings of CHI 2009, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (Boston), ACM press, 2023-2032.

 2008

Baudisch, P., Zotov, A., Cutrell, E., & Hinckley, K.(2008). Starburst: a Target Expansion Algorithm for Non-Uniform Target Distributions. In Proceedings of AVI 2008, Napoli, Italy, May 28-30, pp. 129-137.

Wobbrock, J.O., Cutrell, E. Harada, S. & MacKenzie, I.S. (2008). An Error Model for Pointing Based on Fitts' Law. In Proceedings of CHI 2008, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (Florence, Italy), ACM press, 1613-1622.
Best of CHI Award

Alberts, A., Cutrell, E., & Duchowski, A. Course for CHI 2008: Augmenting Usability with Eye Movement Process Metrics: Hands-On Training. All-day course presented at CHI 2008. Student guide for course.

2007

Cutrell, E., & Guan, Z. (2007). What are you looking for? An eye-tracking study of information usage in Web Search. In Proceedings of CHI'07, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (San Jose, April 2007), ACM press, 407-416.
Best of CHI honorable mention

Guan, Z., & Cutrell, E. (2007). An Eye Tracking Study of the Effect of Target Rank on Web Search. In Proceedings of CHI'07, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (San Jose, April 2007), ACM press, 417-420.

Cutrell, E. & Guan, Z.(2007). An eye-tracking study of information usage in Web search: Variations in target position and contextual snippet length. Tech report for Microsoft Research, MSR-TR-2007-01

2006

Cutrell, E., Robbins, D.C., Dumais, S.T. & Sarin, R. (2006). Fast, Flexible Filtering with Phlat - Personal Search and Organization Made Easy. In Proceedings of CHI 2006, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (Montreal, April 2006), ACM press, 261-270. Try Phlat!
Best of CHI honorable mention

Hinckley, K., Guimbretiere, F., Baudisch, P., Sarin, R., Agrawala, M., Cutrell, E. (2006). The Springboard: Multiple Modes in One Spring-loaded Control. In Proceedings of CHI 2006, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (Montreal, April 2006), ACM press, 181-190.

Cutrell, E. & Dumais, S.T. (2006). Exploring Personal Information. In Communications of the ACM (Special Issue: Supporting Exploratory Search), 49(4), 50-51.

Cutrell, E., Dumais, S.T., & Teevan, J. (2006). Searching to Eliminate Personal Information Management. In Communications of the ACM (Special Issue: Personal Information Management), 49(1), 58-64.

2005

Wilson, A. & Cutrell, E.  (2005). FlowMouse: A Computer Vision-based Pointing and Gesture Input Device. In Francesca Costabile, M. & Paterno, F. (Eds.), Human-Computer Interaction INTERACT '05, (Rome, September 2005), Springer (for IFIP), 565-578.

Baudisch, P., Cutrell, E., Hinckley, K., & Eversole, A. (2005). Snap-and-go: Helping users align objects without the modality of traditional snapping. In Proceedings of CHI '05, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (Portland, April 2005), ACM press, 301-310.

2004

Baudisch, P., Cutrell, E., Hinckley, K., & Gruen, R. (2004). Mouse ether: Accelerating the acquisition of targets across multi-monitor displays. In Extended Abstracts of CHI '04, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (Vienna, April 2004), ACM press, 1379-1382.

Robbins, D.C., Cutrell, E., Sarin, R., & Horvitz, E. (2004).  Advancing interaction: ZoneZoom: Map navigation for smartphones with recursive view segmentation. In Proceedings of the working conference on Advanced visual interfaces (AVI '04), (Gallipoli, May 2004), ACM press, 231-234.

Dumais, S., Cutrell, E., Sarin, R., & Horvitz, E. (2004). Implicit Queries (IQ) for contextualized Search. In Poster Session in Proceedings of SIGIR '04, (Sheffield, UK, July 2004), ACM press, 594.

2003

Dumais, S., Cutrell, E., Cadiz, J.J., Jancke, G., Sarin, R., & Robbins, D.C. (2003). Stuff I've Seen: A System for Personal Information Retrieval and Re-Use. Proceedings of SIGIR 2003 (Toronto, July 2003).

Baudisch, P., Cutrell, E., Robbins, D., Czerwinski, M., Tandler, P., Bederson, B., & Zierlinger, A. (2003). Drag-and-Pop and Drag-and-Pick: Techniques for accssing remote screen conten on touch- and pen-operated systems. In Rauterberg,M., Menozzi, M, & Wesson, J. (Eds.), Human-Computer Interaction INTERACT '03, (Zurich, September 2003), IOS Press (for IFIP), 57-64.

Baudisch, P., Cutrell, E., & Robertson, G. (2003). High-density cursor: A visualization technique that helps users keep track of fast-moving mouse cursors.  In Rauterberg,M., Menozzi, M, & Wesson, J. (Eds.), Human-Computer Interaction INTERACT '03, (Zurich, September 2003), IOS Press (for IFIP), 236-243.

McLoone, H., Hinckley, K. & Cutrell, E. (2003). Bimanual Interaction on the Microsoft Office Keyboard. In Rauterberg,M., Menozzi, M, & Wesson, J. (Eds.), Human-Computer Interaction INTERACT '03, (Zurich, September 2003), IOS Press (for IFIP), 49-56.

Ringel, M., Cutrell, E., Dumais, S., & Horvitz, E. (2003). Milestones in Time: The Value of Landmarks in Retrieving Information from Personal Stores. In Rauterberg,M., Menozzi, M, & Wesson, J. (Eds.), Human-Computer Interaction INTERACT '03, (Zurich, September 2003), IOS Press (for IFIP), 184-191.

2002

Hinckley, K., Cutrell, E., Bathiche, S., & Muss, T. (2002). Quantitative Analysis of Scrolling Techniques. In Proceedings of CHI '02, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (Minneapolis, April 2002), ACM press, 65-72.

2001

Czerwinski, M., Horvitz, E. & Cutrell, E. (2001). Subjective Duration Assessment: An Implicit Probe for Software Usability. In Proceedings of IHM-HCI 2001 Conference, Volume 2, (September, 2001, Lille, France), p. 167-170.

Cutrell, E., Czerwinski, M. & Horvitz, E. (2001). Notification, Disruption and Memory: Effects of Messaging Interruptions on Memory and Performance. In Hirose, Michitaka (Ed.), Human-Computer Interaction INTERACT '01, (Tokyo, July 9-13), IOS Press (for IFIP), 263-269.

LeeTiernan, S., Cutrell, E., & Czerwinski, M., Hoffman, H. (2001). Effective Notification Systems Depend on User Trust. In Hirose, Michitaka (Ed.), Human-Computer Interaction INTERACT '01, (Tokyo, July 9-13), IOS Press (for IFIP), 684-685.

Rademacher, P., Lengyel, J., Cutrell, E., & Whitted, T. (2001). Measuring the perception of visual realism in images. To appear in proceedings of the 12th Eurographics Workshop on Rendering, London.

Dumais, S.T., Cutrell, E. and Chen, H. (2001). Optimizing search by showing results in context.  In Proceedings of CHI '01, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (Seattle, April 2001), ACM press, 277-284.

2000

Dumais, S.T., Cutrell, E. and Chen, H. (2000).  Classified displays of web search results. Invited presentation at ASIS&T SIG/CR Classification Research Workshop, Nov 12, 2000, pp. 87-90.

Czerwinski, M., Cutrell, E. & Horvitz, E. (2000). Instant Messaging and Interruption: Influence of Task Type on Performance. In Paris, C., Ozkan, N., Howard, S. and Lu, S. (Ed's.), OZCHI 2000 Conference Proceedings, (Sydney, Australia, Dec. 4-8), 356-361.

Czerwinski, M., Cutrell, E. & Horvitz, E. (2000). Instant Messaging: Effects of Relevance and Time. In S. Turner, P. Turner (Eds), People and Computers XIV: Proceedings of HCI 2000, Vol. 2, British Computer Society, 71-76.

Cutrell, E., Czerwinski, M. & Horvitz, E. (2000). Effects of Instant Messaging Interruptions on Computing Tasks. In Extended Abstracts of CHI 2000, Human Factors in Computing Systems, (The Hague, April 1-6, 2000), ACM press, 99-100.

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4 Jul, 2011