Distinguished Scientist & Co-Director
I'm serving as managing co-director of the Microsoft Research lab at Redmond, balancing labwide responsibilities with ongoing research efforts in the realm of machine learning and intelligence, with links to decision science, human-computer interaction, biomedical informatics, and information retrieval. The Microsoft Research home page is a starting point for browsing through projects, events, and people at the lab at Redmond, and for our sister labs in the U.S. and throughout the world. Students may find these career reflections by computer scientists interesting and inspirational--stemming from an event that we organized to mark the 20th anniversary of Microsoft Research.
I'm interested in principles of sensing, learning, and decision making under uncertainty. My interests include computational models of perception, reflection, and action. Beyond theoretical models, I pursue the development and fielding of applications in several realms, including time-critical decisions, information retrieval, healthcare, urban infrastructure, sustainability, and development--with goals of understanding how computational models perform amidst real-world complexities, and of deploying systems that deliver value to people and society. Related interests include machine learning and decision making for crowdsourcing and human computation, information triage and alerting that takes human attention into consideration, spanning work on notification systems, surprise modeling, multitasking, and psychological studies of interruption and recovery. Other interests include principles of mixed-initiative interaction that can support fluid, efficient collaborations between people and computing systems, methods for guiding computer actions in accordance with the preferences of people, search and information retrieval, and collaboration. On the more theoretical front, I've been long interested in offline and real-time optimization of the expected value of
computational systems under limited and varying resources. Areas of concentration in this realm include
flexible or anytime computation, ideal metareasoning
for guiding computation, compilation
for reducing real-time deliberation, ongoing, continual computation, and the construction of bounded-optimal reasoning systems--systems that
maximize the expected utility of the people they serve, given the
expected costs of reasoning, the problems
encountered over time, and assertions about a system's constitution. Research in this arena includes
tackling hard reasoning problems with learning and decision making methods.
Recently completed cycle of service as president and then past-president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and remain active with AAAI strategic planning. Working this year on a project to kickoff a new AAAI conference on human computation and crowdsourcing, to serve an exciting and evolving community. Incoming chair of the Section on Information, Computing, and Communication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), representing AAAS members with interests in computation. Also serving on the council of the Computing Community Consortium, an organization that works to envision computing futures--and to stoke the fires of creativity within our community. Fellow of the AAAI, AAAS, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Recently elected to the CHI Academy.
- Activities and service
- News and reports
- Recent presentations
- Recent panels and studies
- Computing Research Initiatives for the 21st Century (CCC whitepapers).
- On "six degrees of separation" study: Washington Post, CNBC video, Nature article.
- Predictive analytics in healthcare.
- Predictive analytics for traffic and routing.
- Surprise Modeling - video (Technology Review, Ten Emerging Technologies).
- Decision Education Foundation.
- AAAI Panel on Long-Term AI Futures.
- AI for Development site and AAAI Symposium on AI-D.
- Minds, Machines, and Intelligence: A Conversation, Behind the Code series.
- Gartner "Look into the Labs" panel", including review of work on surface computing, San Francisco.
- Discussion about artificial intelligence on the Charlie Rose Show.
- Overview video on Situated Interaction project.
- Artificial Intelligence in the Open World, AAAI Presidential Address, Chicago, IL, July 2008.
- "Please Do Not Board The Elevator With The Robot:" On challenges ahead.
- Artificial Intelligence Theory and Practice: Hard Challenges and Opportunities Ahead (panel discussion), Faculty Summit, Microsoft Research, July 2008 (video, photo).
- Overview video on efforts in notifications and attention.
- Presentation on Notification Platform project as part of Bill Gates keynote at CHI 2001, Seattle, April 2001 (photo, video).
- Brief glimpse of mixed-initiative Lookout system on a television commercial.
- MSR Downloads (including Outlook Mobile Manager 220.127.116.11 and Scalable Fabric prototype).
- Augmented Cognition meeting at Microsoft.
- Neuroeconomics: A personal view.
- Early handsfree Bayesian system for traumacare.
- Several members of the Decision Science and Computer Science communities at the wedding reception for Eric and Mary.