Ferrucci graduated from Manhattan College, with a B.S. degree in biology and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in 1994 with a Ph.D. degree in computer science specializing in knowledge representation and reasoning. He joined IBM's Thomas J. Watson in 1995 and left in 2012 to join Bridgewater Associates. He is also the Founder, CEO, and Chief Scientist of Elemental Cognition, a venture exploring a new field of study called natural learning, which Ferrucci describes as 'artificial intelligence that understands the world the way people do.'.
- Ferrucci, D, et al. (2010), "Building Watson: An Overview of the DeepQA Project", AI Magazine (AI Magazine) 31 (3), retrieved 2011-02-19