Portrait of Sarah Bird

Sarah Bird

Technical Advisor


Sarah is artificial intelligence systems researcher at Microsoft and a Technical Advisor to Microsoft’s Data Group. As a researcher, she works to design and develop new AI systems and deploy the technology in new and novel applications inside Microsoft’s products and services or those of its customers.  She’s one of the researchers behind Microsoft’s Decision Service, the first general-purpose reinforcement-learning style cloud system available today. The Decision Service powers personalized news on MSN.com and in the Edge browser, and is now being adopted by customers for a wide variety of applications from personalized notifications to content recommendation. Sarah also collaborates with researchers from social science and economics to better understand the ethical and social implications of AI and create technologies that better serve people and society. As a Technical Advisor, Sarah advises product leadership on technology strategy and works with teams to make Microsoft’s products more intelligent.  She also works with customers to apply intelligence in strategic applications in their businesses.  Prior to joining Data Group, Sarah spent several years at Microsoft Research NYC.   She completed a Ph.D. in computer science at UC Berkeley advised by Dave Patterson and Krste Asanovic at Berkeley and Burton Smith at Microsoft Research. She has B.S. in Electrical Engineering (Computer Engineering) from the University of Texas at Austin.