Eric Horvitz

Eric Horvitz of ICSI's Board of Trustees

Eric Horvitz is distinguished scientist and managing co-director at Microsoft Research. His interests span theoretical and practical challenges in developing computing systems that perceive, learn, and reason, with a focus on inference and decision-making under uncertainty and limited resources. His contributions include advances in machine learning and inference, information retrieval, human-computer interaction, medical informatics, and e-commerce. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and the CHI Academy and is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  He is past president of AAAI and is serving as the chair of the AAAS Section on Information, Computing, and Communication. Other activities include service on the National Science Foundation CISE Advisory Committee, the council of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), the DARPA ISAT Study Group, the Naval Research Advisory Committee, and multiple journal editorial boards. He has published widely and holds more than 200 patents.

Work Experience

  • Distinguished Scientist and Deputy Managing Director, Microsoft Research, present
  • Affiliate Associate Professor, University of Washington, present


  • PhD, Stanford University
  • MD, Stanford University
  • BA, Binghamton University

Awards, Honors, and Significant Achievements

  • National Academy of Engineering
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • CHI Academy
  • Fellow, AAAI
  • Fellow, AAAS