Distinguished Lecture

Learning, Inference and Action in the Open World

Eric Horvitz

Principal Researcher
Microsoft Research
 
Thursday, February 04, 2010
4:00pm - 5:00pm
1670 Beyster Bldg.

 

About the Event

Systems that sense, learn, and reason from streams of data promise to provide extraordinary value to people and society. Beyond delivering value, harnessing theoretical principles to build systems that operate in the open world can teach us about the sufficiency of existing models--and light the paths to new research. I will discuss directions with learning and inference in the open world, highlighting key ideas in the context of projects in transportation, energy, and healthcare. Finally, I will discuss opportunities for building systems with new kinds of competencies by weaving together components that leverage advances from several research subdisciplines.

Biography

Eric Horvitz is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research. His interests span theoretical and practical challenges with learning, reasoning, and decision making under uncertainty. He is a Fellow of AAAI and AAAS and has served on the NSF Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Advisory Board, the DARPA Information Science and Technology Study Group (ISAT), the Naval Research Advisory Committee (NRAC), and the board of the Decision Education Foundation (DEF). He received his PhD and MD degrees at Stanford University.

Additional Information

Contact: J. Patterson

Phone: 53495

Email: jeannecp

Sponsor: CSE

Open to: Public