James Lester - North Carolina State University

posted May 12, 2014, 9:27 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 17, 2014, 10:49 PM by Xiangen Hu ]
Biography: James C. Lester is Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. 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 received the B.A. (Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa), M.S.C.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and the B.A. degree in History from Baylor University. He has been recognized with a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and several Best Paper Awards. He has served as Program Chair for the International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, the ACM 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.