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Broad Area Colloquium for Artificial Intelligence,
Geometry, Graphics, Robotics and Vision

Uncertainty, Intelligence, and Interaction

Eric Horvitz
Microsoft Research

Monday, March 4th, 2002, 4:15PM
Gates B01


Uncertainty about a computer user's knowledge, intentions, and attention is inescapable in the design and operation of computing applications and services. I will present research on harnessing explicit representations of probability and preferences in software applications, with a focus on challenges in human-computer interaction. After highlighting key ideas in the context of representative projects at Microsoft Research, I will discuss longer-term research, aimed at embedding representation, inference, and learning under uncertainty more deeply into the fabric of computer systems and interfaces.

About the Speaker

Eric Horvitz is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, where he manages the Adaptive Systems and Interaction group. His interests include principles of problem solving under scarce resources, and applications of probability and utility in information retrieval, communications, and human-computer interaction. He is Area Editor of the Decisions, Uncertainty, and Computation Area of the Journal of the ACM, and serves on the Information Science and Technology (ISAT) Study Group of DARPA and the Naval Research Advisory Committee (NRAC). He has also served on the Executive Council of the AAAI and on the board of the Association for Uncertainty and Artificial Intelligence (AUAI). He received PhD and MD degrees from Stanford University.

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