Eric Horvitz receives ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award for groundbreaking artificial intelligence work

In his many years as an artificial intelligence researcher, Eric Horvitz has worked on everything from systems that help determine what’s funny or surprising to those that know when to help us remember what we need to do at work. On Wednesday, Horvitz, a technical fellow and managing director of Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, research lab, received the ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award for groundbreaking contributions in artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction. The award honors Horvitz’s substantial theoretical efforts and as well as his persistent focus on using those discoveries as the basis for practical applications that make our lives easier and more productive. Harry Shum, the executive vice president of Microsoft’s technology and research group, said Horvitz epitomizes a style of research that is unique to places like Microsoft…


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