Dave Ferrucci
Dave Ferrucci
Founder, CEO and Chief Scientist, Elemental Cognition; Director of Artificial Intelligence, Bridgewater Associates
Elected to the Academy in 2020


Manhattan College, 1983, BS, Biology; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,1985, MS, Computer Science and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1994, PhD, Computer Science

Professional Area

Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Representation, Automated Reasoning, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and Intelligence System Design. Dr. Ferrucci’s commitment to the science and engineering of AI has led to innovative and effective solutions in text and multi-modal analytics, automatic question-answering, dynamic asset generation, statistical and heuristic research tools and computational creativity.


For advancements in Artificial Intelligence. Most notably, Watson, an open-domain factoid Question-Answering system, that is an acclaimed landmark in the field AI. Watson advanced AI using Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning to defeat champion human players at Jeopardy! Watson led to over 100 scientific papers and patents with thousands of citations.