Cornell Tech and Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute welcome Daniel Lee, Ph.D. and Volodymyr Kuleshov, Ph.D.

NEW YORK – Cornell Tech announced that Daniel Lee, Ph.D. and Volodymyr Kuleshov, Ph.D. will be joining the exceptional faculty at the Roosevelt Island campus. With research and industry experience in autonomous systems, machine learning, and computational genomics, the new professors will further expand Cornell Tech’s research expertise and interdisciplinary work in artificial intelligence. Founded in 2012, Cornell Tech opened its campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City in Fall 2017.

“Professor Lee is a world leader in robotics and autonomous systems. Professor Kuleshov is an expert in machine learning applied to genomics and personalized medicine. They will be valuable additions to our already outstanding group of AI faculty and researchers at Cornell Tech,” said Dan Huttenlocher, Jack and Rilla Neafsey Dean and Vice Provost of Cornell Tech. “We are excited for them to share their expertise as part of the Cornell Tech community, working not only with students and researchers but also with companies, startups and nonprofits on challenges facing society today.”


Daniel Lee, Ph.D., Professor comes to Cornell Tech after 17 years at the University of Pennsylvania where he was the UPS Foundation Chair Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. At Cornell, he will teach in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. His research focuses on understanding computational principles in biological systems, and applying that knowledge to build autonomous robotic systems. Before UPenn, Lee was a researcher at AT&T and Lucent Bell Laboratories in the Theoretical Physics and Biological Computation departments. He was also a fellow of the Hebrew University Institute of Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, an affiliate of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and organized the US-Japan National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering symposium. He is also serving part-time as an Executive Vice President at Samsung Research.


Volodymyr Kuleshov, Ph.D., Assistant Professor comes to the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech after receiving his Ph.D. at Stanford University, studying artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computational genomics. Before Stanford University, Kuleshov earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science at McGill University. Additionally, Kuleshov has worked at Illumina Inc., Moleculo Inc. and Bell Laboratories researching genome sequencing and algorithmic game theory.

Cornell Tech’s research focuses include interdisciplinary teams of faculty in the areas of Security & Privacy, Artificial Intelligence, Data & Modeling, Human-Computer Interaction & Social Computing, and Business Law & Policy, with a focus on applied research and real-world impact.

About Cornell Tech

Cornell Tech brings together faculty, business leaders, tech entrepreneurs and students in a catalytic environment to produce visionary results grounded in significant needs that will reinvent the way we live in the digital age.

From 2012-2017, the campus was temporarily located in Google’s New York City building. In fall 2017, 30 world-class faculty and almost 300 graduate students moved to the first phase of Cornell Tech’s permanent campus on Roosevelt Island, continuing to conduct groundbreaking research, collaborate extensively with tech-oriented companies and organizations and pursue their own startups. When fully completed, the campus will include two million square feet of state-of-the-art buildings, over two acres of open space, and will be home to more than 2,000 graduate students and hundreds of faculty and staff.