Portrait of Silviu Cucerzan

Silviu Cucerzan

Sr. Principal Researcher


I am a researcher in the AI Department, affiliated with the Machine Learning and Optimization and the Natural Language Processing groups. After a 3½-year rotation in Bing‘s Knowledge Graph group (Satori), where I led the NLP team, I am currently managing a small NLP team in the FUSE Labs.

I joined Microsoft in 2003, after completing my Ph.D. work at the Johns Hopkins University, where I was a member of the Center for Speech and Language Processing. I also received a M.S.E. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins, as well as an M.Sc. and a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science from University of Bucharest. Prior to coming to the United States, I held a junior faculty position in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at University of Bucharest.

Research Interests

Information Extraction from Large Text Collections
Natural Language Processing
Knowledge Representation
Information Retrieval
Machine Learning

Influential Technologies Developed

Contextual Spelling Correction (How do you spell Levenshtein?)
Query Suggestion and Advertisement Smart Matching
Information-centric Browsing and Search (TechFest 2007/TechFair 2007)
Entity Linking (NEMO)
Fact Extraction from Web text and News
Vandalism Detection in Collaboratively-built Collections
InstaFact (Hackathon 2016 winner and Data Types in Excel)

Favorite quote
Samuel Goldwyn: “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”

Personal interests
Wildlife photography
Classical music
Board games