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June 03, 2014

Lester Elected AAAI Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. James C. Lester, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at NC State, on recently being elected a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).  Lester will be recognized at a dinner during the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-14) in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, July 27-31.
The AAAI Fellows program was started in 1990 to recognize individuals who have made significant, sustained contributions -- usually over at least a 10-year period -- to the field of artificial intelligence.  Fellows are recognized as having unusual distinction in the profession, and the program, as originally chartered, honors a small percentage of AAAI membership.
Lester is the Founding Director of the Center for Educational Informatics at NC State.  His research focuses on transforming education with technology-rich learning environments. Utilizing artificial intelligence, game technologies, and computational linguistics, he designs, develops, fields, and evaluates next-generation learning technologies for K-12 science, literacy, and computer science education. 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. He has served as Program Chair for the International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, the International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, and the International Conference on Foundations of Digital Games, and as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education. He has been recognized with a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and several Best Paper Awards.
About AAAI
Founded in 1979, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence is a nonprofit scientific membership society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of the computational mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines. AAAI aims to foster the science and practice of artificial intelligence (AI), as well as to increase public understanding of artificial intelligence (AI), improve the teaching and training of AI practitioners, and provide guidance for research planners and funders concerning AI developments and directions. Each year, AAAI sponsors numerous programs including scientific conferences, workshops, and symposia.
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