Portrait of Ed Cutrell

Ed Cutrell

Principal Researcher


Ed Cutrell is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research.  He also holds an affiliate faculty appointment in the Information School at the University of Washington and the Department of Software Information Systems at UNC Charlotte. He received his BA in Psychology and Cognitive Science from Rice University in 1992 and went on to study Cognitive Neuropsychology at the University of Oregon where he received his PhD in 1999. He has been working in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) since 2000.

Over the years, he has worked on a broad range of HCI topics with a special interest in interdisciplinary work. Research topics have included input technologies, visual perception and graphics, intelligent notifications and disruptions, and interfaces for search and personal information management. From 2010-2016, he managed the  Technology for Emerging Markets group in Microsoft Research India, focusing on technologies and systems useful for people living in underserved rural and urban communities. After returning to the US in 2016, his research now focuses on computing for disability, accessibility and inclusive design with the Ability group at MSR.

A more comprehensive view of his research and publications is available on his site at http://cutrell.org.