Distinguished University Professor
James C. Lester is Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Educational Informatics at North Carolina State University. He is Director of the National Science Foundation AI Institute for Engaged Learning. His research centers on transforming education with artificial intelligence. His current work ranges from AI-driven narrative-centered learning environments and virtual agents for learning to multimodal learning analytics and sketch-based learning environments. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education. His foundational work on pedagogical agents has been recognized with the IFAAMAS Influential Paper Award by the International Federation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. He is the recipient of Best Paper Awards at the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, the ACM International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, the AAAI International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment, and the International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation, and Personalization. He has been recognized with a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the North Carolina State University Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award, the North Carolina State University Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence, the highest honor awarded to faculty by the North Carolina State University Board of Trustees. His research program is supported by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, the National Institutes of Health, and the Army Futures Command. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).