Professor Victor Lesser

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Victor R. Lesser

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus
and Director, Multi-Agent Systems Laboratory
School of Computer Science
140 Governor's Drive
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003

413.545.1322 (office)
413.545.1249 (fax)
lesser at cs dot umass dot edu

Victor R. Lesser received his B.A. in Mathematics from Cornell University in 1966, and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1973. He then was a post-doc/research scientist at Carnegie-Mellon University, working on the Hearsay-II speech understanding system. He has been a professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 1977, and was named Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science in 2009.  His major research focus is on the control and organization of complex AI systems. Professor Lesser is a Founding Fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and is considered a leading researcher in the areas of blackboard systems, multi-agent/ distributed AI, and real-time AI. He has also made contributions in the areas of computer architecture, signal understanding, diagnostics, plan recognition, and computer-supported cooperative work. He has worked in application areas such as sensor networks for vehicle tracking and weather monitoring, speech and sound understanding, information gathering on the internet, peer-to-peer information retrieval, intelligent user interfaces, distributed task allocation and scheduling, and virtual agent enterprises.

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