Portrait of Patrice Simard

Patrice Simard

Distinguished Engineer, Research Manager


Patrice Simard is a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft. He is passionate about finding new ways to combine engineering and science in the field of machine learning. Simard’s research is currently focused on making machine learning widely accessible for replicating tasks easily done by humans.

He received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Rochester in 1991. Simard then worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories before joining Microsoft Research in 1998. He was Chief Scientist and General Manager of Live Labs Research in 2006 and Chief Scientist of Microsoft’s AdCenter in 2009. In 2012, he returned to Microsoft Research to create the Computer-Human Interactive Learning (CHIL) group. He is now leading the Machine Teaching Innovation Group in Microsoft’s Experience and Devices division.