Dr. Lee received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Taiwan University in 1971, and the M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1976 and 1978 respectively.
Dr. Lee has been with the Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, where he is a Distinguished Research Fellow since July 1, 1998 and Director from July 1, 1998 to September 15, 2008. He is currently President and Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, of National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan. Prior to joining the Institute of Information Science, he was a Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University, where he has worked since 1978. He is also a Distinguished Research Chair Professor of Computer Science in the Dept. of Computer Science and Information Engineering, and the Graduate Institute of Electronics Engineering, National Taiwan University; Chair Professor of National Taiwan University of Science and Technology and of National Chiao-Tung University. He has a joint appointment with the Research Center for Information Technology Innovation, Academia Sinica.
Dr. Lee was President of IICM (2002~2006), Executive Director of the Taiwan Information Security Center (TWISC), Research Center for Information Technology Innovation, Academia Sinica (2007-2011), Deputy Program Director of the Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program, sponsored by the National Science Council, Taiwan (2006-2012), Chair of CODATA-Taiwan (2007-2012), and currently an Executive Committee Member, CODATA, International Council for Science (ICSU).
His research interests include design and analysis of algorithms, computational geometry, VLSI layout, web-based computing, algorithm visualization, information security, bio-informatics, and digital libraries.
He has published over 150 technical articles in scientific journals and conference proceedings, and he also holds three U.S. patents, and one R.O.C patent.
He is Editor of Algorithmica, International J. of Information and Computer Security, LNCS Transactions on Computational Science, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Int''l Journal of Computational Geometry & Applications, and Series Editor of Lecture Notes Series on Computing for World Scientific Publishing Co., Singapore.
He is Fellow of IEEE (1992), Fellow of ACM (1997), Academician of Academia Sinica (2004), a Recipient of the Humboldt Research Award (2007), an elected Member of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) (2008) and the Ambassador Scientist in Taiwan of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany since 2010. Recently he received the German-Taiwanese Friendship Medal (2014) from the Deutsches Institut Taipei and the Distinguished Alumni Educator Award (2014) from the Computer Science Dept. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL.