Dr. James C. Lester
Director of the Center for Educational Informatics & Distinguished Professor
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James C. Lester is Director of the Center for Educational Informatics at North Carolina State University, where he is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science. His research focuses on transforming education with technology-rich learning environments. Utilizing artificial intelligence, game technologies, and natural language processing, he designs, develops, and investigates next-generation learning technologies. His work on personalized learning ranges from game-based learning environments and intelligent tutoring systems to affective computing, computational models of narrative, and natural language tutorial dialogue. The adaptive learning environments he and his colleagues develop have been used by thousands of students in K-12 classrooms throughout the U.S.
Dr. Lester has served as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education. He has served as Program Chair of the ACM Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, the International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, and the International Conference on Foundations of Digital Games. He has also served as Conference Co-Chair of the International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents. He has served on the Steering Committee of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing and currently serves on the Steering Committee of IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies.
Dr. Lester received his B.A. (Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa), M.S.C.S., and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. He received a B.A. in History from Baylor University. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and he has been inducted into the North Carolina State University Academy of Outstanding Teachers. In 2014 he was elected a AAAI Fellow by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.
- Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Agents
- Advanced Learning Technologies
- Graphics and Human Computer Interaction
- Computer and Video Games
- Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin, 1994.
- M.S.C.S., Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin, 1988.
- B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa, with Highest Honors), Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin, 1986.
- B.A. (Honors Program, with Distinction) History, Baylor University, 1983.
- AAAI Fellow, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, 2014
- Distinguished Professor, North Carolina State University, 2012
- Academy of Outstanding Teachers, North Carolina State University, 1998
- NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 1997