Professor, School of Electrical Engineering; Director, Institute for Artificial Intelligence; Director, Brain Science Research Center at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
Dr. Lee received his Ph.D. in Electrophysics in 1984 from the Polytechnic Institute of New York, now NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Dr. Lee has a unique research and education career to integrate cognitive neuroscience and information technology. His research interests have resided in the Artificial Brain, alias Artificial Cognitive Systems, and the human-like intelligent systems based on the biological information processing mechanism in our brains. He has worked on speech and image processing, natural language processing, situation awareness, brain internal-state recognition, and human-like dialog systems. His group marked Top-1 for the emotion recognition from facial images challenge (EmotiW; Emotion Recognition in the Wild) in 2015. Recently, he is also working on understanding human implicit intention from multimodal data including fMRI, EEG, and eye-scan data. After a short stay at General Physics Corp. in USA, in 1986 Dr. Lee started his academic career as an Assistant Professor at KAIS (now KAIST), and now a Professor at the School of Electrical. In 1997, he established the Brain Science Research Centre, and served as the Principal Investigator for the Korean Brain Neuroinformatics Research Program, one of the two big programs sponsored by Korean Brain Research Promotion Initiatives from the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology from 1998 to 2008. He is now also a Co-Director of Center for Artificial Intelligence Research at KAIST, and President of Asia-Pacific Neural Network Society in 2017. He had also served as a Director of International Neural Network Society, and now a Fellow.. Due to his outstanding works, he received the Leadership Award and Presidential Award from International Neural Network Society in 1994 and 2001, respectively. In addition, he was recognized for the APPNA Service Award and APNNA Outstanding Achievement Award from Asia-Pacific Neural Network Assembly in 2004 and 2009.