Ross Shachter's main research interests are in the representation and analysis of uncertainty and medical decision analysis. He has developed a method for purchasing an expert's forecast that encourages accurate revelation of the expert's beliefs as probabilities; his interest in medical decision analysis led to joint work on scheduling patients for follow-up bladder cancer therapy. In recent years, Dr. Shachter's research has focused on the representation, manipulation, and analysis of uncertainty and probabilistic reasoning in decision systems. As part of this work, he developed the DAVID influence diagram processing system for the Macintosh.

Dr. Shachter earned his PhD in operations research from the University of California, Berkeley.