Ed Cutrell is a senior 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.


Project Tokyo

Established: October 31, 2016

“Technology has the potential to enrich people’s lives in ways never before possible and we won’t stop pushing the boundaries of what technology can do to empower every person and organization on the planet.” –Jenny Lay Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft Recent advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision and related disciplines are helping transform industries and empowering people. We formed Project Tokyo in support of Microsoft’s efforts to democratize computing for everyone. An…

VideoKheti- Video Search for Low-Literate Users

Established: April 25, 2012

VideoKheti (CHI’13, DEV’13) is a multimodal video search system for low-literate farmers that combines local language speech, graphics and touch interaction to help find and watch agriculture extension videos (of digitalGreen), in the farmer’s own language and dialect. We investigate if the complementarity of speech, graphics and touch lead to a better experience for low-literate and novice users? And if it is even worth the extra cost in engineering (to build automatic speech recognition) and bandwidth for sustained use? Among other things results…

Mobile Data Collection

Established: June 1, 2011

In rural settings within developing countries where digital devices are not pervasive, all written records are maintained on paper forms which take a long time to aggregate and process data, resulting in corresponding delays in remedial action. We study this problem in the context of malnutrition treatment of rural children in Madhya Pradesh through ethnographic interviews and contextual inquiries, and present a health data record management application on a low-cost digital slate prototype (UX’12) built through…

Data and Visualization Literacy

Established: January 1, 2011

In this new era of fake news, viral content and social media, data literacy is crucial. Modern citizens in our age of information need to be data literate in order to make informed decisions that may affect all aspects of their life: from personal ones (e.g. financial, medical) to societal ones (e.g. economical, political).  Informed citizens need to verify claims made by others upon data and make logical and informed decisions based on a rationale and evidence.…


Established: December 8, 2008

This page is an archive of the InkSeine project's web page. The project is no longer active. The prototype is no longer maintained and does not work on Windows 10. If you have a tablet running Windows 7 or Windows Vista, InkSeine should still work on those platforms. It also has dependencies on older versions of Office, such as for interop with Microsoft Outlook. For those of you who were fans of InkSeine, we are…





Compilers Without Borders
Bill Thies, Saman Amarasinghe, Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan, Andrew Cross, Shubhranshu Choudhary, Ed Cutrell, Krittika D'Silva, Nakull Gupta, Swati Ittan, Meghana Marathe, Jacki O'Neill, Paromita Pain, Gaurav Paruthi, Todd Thorsen, J. P. Urbanksi, Aditya Vashistha, in POPL Off the Beaten Track, Mumbai, India, January 5, 2015, View abstract, View external link

















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Networked Publics as Third Places


July 24, 2014


Shelly Farnham, John Carroll, Ed Cutrell, Andrea Kavanaugh, and Robert Mason


Microsoft, Pennsylvania State University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, University of Washington


ASHA Assist

June 2015

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Microsoft InkSeine Beta

May 2009

InkSeine is a prototype inking application for Tablet PC and UMPC devices that offers the unique ability to search for objects directly from ink without transcribing queries to a search box. The tutorial can be found here.

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