Opening Plenary

Eric Horvitz


Eric Horvitz is a technical fellow and director of Microsoft Research Labs. His contributions span theoretical and practical challenges with artificial intelligence. His efforts and collaborations include the fielding of learning and reasoning systems in transportation, healthcare, aerospace, ecommerce, online services, and operating systems.

He has been elected fellow of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the Association for the Advancement of AI (AAAI), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the Feigenbaum Prize and the Allen Newell Award for research contributions in AI. He was inducted into the CHI Academy for advances in human-computer collaboration. He has served as president of AAAI, chair of the AAAS Section on Computing, and on advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB), DARPA, and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

He received PhD and MD degrees from Stanford University. More information and a publication list can be found at