Meet SCI’s New Faculty: Stephen Lee

Name: Stephen Lee
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Computer Science

What are your research interests?
I am an experimental systems researcher interested in modeling and building systems in the areas of distributed systems, Internet of things (IoT), and cyber-physical systems with a focus on sustainability. My work involves using principled approaches from distributed systems, machine learning, and optimization to build more scalable, energy-efficient, and dependable systems. I am particularly excited about research problems that span multiple domains, including smart grids and buildings, complex computing systems, among others.

Why did you choose to come to SCI?
One of the main reasons for choosing SCI is its commitment to interdisciplinary research. With numerous institutes (e.g., momacs, Pitt Cyber, Energy Innovation Center) and industry partners, I believe that SCI is uniquely positioned to become the leaders in modeling systems, one of the main focus of my research area. My interactions with other faculty members, both within and outside of the department, has only reinforced this belief.

How does your teaching/research align with SCI’s mission?
In many emerging scenarios, CPS/IoT systems provide significant potential to permeate and transform many aspects of our society, supporting critical infrastructures as well as consumer-facing systems. My research goal is to explore, analyze, model, and build tools that will help towards an understanding of these complex systems.