Visiting Professor Edward A. Lee lectures on AI - symbiosis or annihilation

Apr 27, 2018 | Research/Cooperation Global

Professor Edward A. Lee is a visiting professor at MDH until September 2018 and will give an open seminar on May 2nd. The latest textbook he wrote has the title: “Embedded Systems - A Cyber-Physical Systems Approach” and the expertise in the research field of Embedded Systems is what attracted him to MDH.


– Embedded Systems is a young research area, but MDH researchers are among the most prominent in the world. I'm here to meet researchers in the area and learn more about their projects. The best ideas comes with accidental meetings with people that you usually wouldn’t meet. So I hope that this stay will extend my collaborations, says Professor Edward A. Lee, visiting professor of Cyber-Physical Systems Analysis Research Group at MDH. 

Embedded software is something that Edward A. Lee has been working with since the late 70's. After a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Applied research at college, he began as a graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley in 1982 and is still employed there. Today he is a Professor at the Graduate School in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. In his research, he has focused on Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), a term he also has been involved in establishing.

– My career has focused a lot on the modeling and design of CPS, that is systems that have computers whose main task is to interact with the physical world. These systems exist in vehicles, aircraft systems, within automation, telecommunications, basically everywhere. An example is automotive safety systems such as lane keeping and automated braking, says Edward A. Lee.

He is the author of a number of textbooks within Embedded Systems, but in the fall of 2017, his first book for a general audience was published; "Plato and the Nerd: The Creative Partnership of Humans and Technology". In the book he raises philosophical questions on how technology is co-evolving together with humans and how technology affects our society and human culture. He is also writing a new book that deals with AI (artificial intelligence) from a philosophical and human perspective.

On May 2, Professor Edward A. Lee held an open seminar at Mälardalen University. 

See the seminar: "Symbiosis or Annihilation: A philosophical look at Artificial Intelligence"