Distinguished Alumni Awards

Der-Tsai (DT) Lee

Der-Tsai (DT) Lee

For contributions to computational geometry and design and analysis of algorithms.

Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

  • BS, 1971, Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University
  • MS, 1976, Computer Science, University of Illinois
  • PhD, 1978, in Computer Science, University of Illinois

Der-Tsai Lee is a pioneer in computational geometry, algorithm design and analysis. Upon earning his degrees from Illinois in 1978, he has gone on to be an accomplished researcher and university president.

He began his career in higher education at Northwestern University in 1978 as a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Lee was on leave from Northwestern University in 1989-90 to serve as the Program Director for the Division of Computer Science and Computation Research at the National Science Foundation.

He has been with the Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, in Taiwan since 1998, where he is currently a Distinguished Research Fellow. Formerly, he was Director of the Institute for over 10 years. He holds a number of academic honors and named positions. Additionally, he holds a joint appointment with the Research Center for Information Technology Innovation, Academia Sinica.

Lee has served as President of the Institute of Information and Computing Machinery, the Executive Director of the Taiwan Information Security Center, Deputy Director of the Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program, and Chair of CODATA-Taiwan. He currently is an Executive Committee Member of CODATA International Council for Science and a Senior Advisor to the President at the National Security Council of Taiwan.

During his nearly 40 years in higher education, he has published over 200 technical articles in scientific journals and conference proceedings, holds three U.S. patents, and one R.O.C. patent. He is an editor of Algorithmica, the International Journal of Information and Computer Security, and LNCS Transactions of Computational Science. In addition, Lee is also the co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Computational Geometry and Applications, and Series Editor of Lecture Notes Series on Computing for World Scientific Publishing, Co. in Singapore.

Lee is a Fellow of IEEE and ACM, an elected Member of The World Academy of Sciences, Academician of Academia Sinica, and has received the Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. From 2010-2016, he served as the Humboldt Ambassador Scientist in Taiwan. Recently, he received a German-Taiwanese Friendship Medal from the German Institute of Taipei. In 2014, the Department of Computer Science at Illinois awarded him the Distinguished Alumni Educator Award.