Portrait of Ed Cutrell

Ed Cutrell

Sr. Principal Research Manager


Ed Cutrell is a Sr. Principal Research Manager at Microsoft Research where he manages the MSR Ability (opens in new tab) group, exploring computing for disability, accessibility and inclusive design. He also holds an appointment as Affiliate Professor in the Information School (opens in new tab) at the University of Washington. 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 Empowerment (opens in new tab) group (TEM) in Microsoft Research India (opens in new tab), 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 inclusive design, exploring how computing can be used to extend and enhance the capabilities of people with disabilities around the world.

A more comprehensive view of his research and publications is available on his site at http://cutrell.org (opens in new tab).