Peter Lee (computer scientist)

Peter Lee (born November 30, 1960) is an American computer scientist. He is Corporate Vice President and head of Microsoft Research.[1] Previously, he was the head of the Transformational Convergence Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the chair of the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University.[2] His research focuses on software security and reliability.

Lee received his PhD degree from the University of Michigan in May 1987 with thesis[2] titled The automatic generation of realistic compilers from high-level semantic descriptions.[3] He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.


Microsoft Research was founded in 1991.[4]

A longtime "Microsoft Researcher,"[4] Peter Lee became the organization's head in 2013. In 2014, the organization had 1,100 advanced researchers "working in 55 areas of study in a dozen labs worldwide."[5] From 2015 to 2020, Lee was the head of Microsoft Research NeXT (for New Experiences and Technologies) and Microsoft Healthcare. [4] Since 2020 he leads the combined MSR Labs, AI, NeXT, Healthcare, and other incubation efforts.



  1. ^ "Microsoft Research Leadership". Microsoft, Redmond, USA. Retrieved July 6, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Curriculum vitae". Peter Lee. Carnegie Mellon University, USA. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  3. ^ Lee, Peter (1987). "The automatic generation of realistic compilers from high-level semantic descriptions". Retrieved January 13, 2014 – via ProQuest.
  4. ^ a b c Matt Weinberg, August 15, 2016 When Microsoft needs a tech 'miracle,' this is the team that answers the call, Business Insider
  5. ^ Janet I. Tu, July 10, 2014 Innovator instigator Peter Lee shakes up Microsoft Research, The Seattle Times

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