Lee Spector, professor of computer science, holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in philosophy from Oberlin College.
His main interests are artificial intelligence and the connections between cognition, computation, and evolution. He is also interested in the use of technology in music and other arts.
His recent research includes projects on the development of new genetic programming techniques, the use of artificial intelligence technologies in the study of quantum computation, the interdisciplinary study of human and machine cognition, and the development of technologies to support inquiry-based education.
Professor Spector is also an active editor, reviewer, and organizer for scientific journals and conferences. He recently received the highest honor bestowed by the National Science Foundation for excellence in both teaching and research, the NSF Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars. He has held the College's MacArthur Chair and has served as the dean of the School of Cognitive Science and as the elected faculty member of Hampshire's board of trustees.
School of Cognitive Science
CS-0303: Unconventional Computing (Fall 2013)
CS-104T: Cognitive Science Fiction (Fall 2013)
CS-0262: Research in Artificial Intelligence : Research in Artificial Intelligence (Spring 2013)
CS-0109: Programming Creativity (Fall 2012)