Eric Horvitz, managing director of Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, research lab was awarded the ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award for groundbreaking contributions in artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction. Horvitz’s work has primarily been focused on exploring the interrelationships between artificial intelligence and fields like decision science, cognitive science and neuroscience.
The Newell award is given to a researcher whose work falls within the field of computer science or spans multiple disciplines. Horvitz’s coworkers describe his impact as “immeasurable”, and describe him as “an epic example of those brilliant researchers who have this huge confidence — not over-confidence, but just confidence — to keep pushing forward,”.
His research is described as delving into the ideas of how artificial intelligence can help to augment human intelligence, focusing on concept such as the principles of bounded rationality, and how computing systems immersed in the real world could make the best decisions in time-critical situations.