Dr. Peter Lee is Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Healthcare. He leads an organization that works on technologies for better and more efficient healthcare, with a special focus on artificial intelligence and cloud computing. Dr. Lee has extensive experience in managing the process of going from basic research to commercial impact. Past illustrative examples include the deep neural networks for simultaneous language translation in Skype, next-generation IoT technologies, and innovative silicon and post-silicon computer architectures for Microsoft’s cloud. He also has a history of advancing more “out of the box” technical efforts, such as experimental under-sea datacenters, augmented-reality experiences for HoloLens and VR devices, digital storage in DNA, and social chatbots such as XiaoIce and Tay. Previously, as an Office Director at DARPA, he led efforts that created operational capabilities in advanced machine learning, crowdsourcing, and big-data analytics, such as the DARPA Network Challenge and Nexus 7. He was formerly the Head of Carnegie Mellon University’s computer science department. As a thought leader, he has spoken and written widely on technology trends and policies, spanning the fields of computing technology, healthcare, and innovation ecosystem. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. He served on President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. He has led studies for the National Academies on the impact of federal research investments on economic growth and testified before the US House Science and Technology Committee and the US Senate Commerce Committee.
Affiliations and selected service activities
- Member, Board of Directors, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, 2018 to present.
- Member, Board of Directors, Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, 2016 to present.
- Commissioner, Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, 2016.
- Member, Advisory Council for the Computing and Information Science and Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF/CISE), 2012-present.
- Co-chair, NITRD Working Group for the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Conducting the congressionally mandated 2012 review of the federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program. (Final report publication is forthcoming.)
- Witness, US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. 2012 hearing on Five Years of the America COMPETES Act: Progress, Challenges, and Next Steps.
- Member, National Research Council’s Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) of the National Academies, 2007-2009 and 2011-present. Chair of the 2012 study resulting in publication of the book, Continuing Innovations in Information Technology.
- Former member and Board Chair, Computing Research Association (CRA), 2006-2008. Former Chair, CRA Government Affairs Committee.
- Co-founder, CRA Computing Community Consortium (CCC), in 2008. Principal Investigator for the Computing Innovation Fellows Program (CIFellows) in 2009, providing over 100 postdoctoral fellowships to top new computer science PhDs.
- Former Vice-Chair, DARPA Information Science and Technology Board (ISAT), 2007-2008.
- Witness, US House a Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Hearing on the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Act of 2009.
- Service on 25 conference program committees, including 6 conference and program committee chairmanships.