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Professor of Computer Science

Lee Spector

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Hampshire College Professor Lee Spector
Lee Spector
Professor of Computer Science
Cognitive Science
Mail Code CS
Lee Spector
Adele Simmons Hall 201
Teaching at Amherst College from Fall 2019-Spring 2022.
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 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.