Newton Lee

Founding Director of NUS Hollywood Lab
Founding Editor-in-Chief of ACM Computers in Entertainment
Founding CEO of Institute for Education, Research, and Scholarships
Former Disney Producer/Engineer
Former Bell Labs Researcher

Newton Lee is the founding director of the NUS (National University of Singapore) Hollywood Lab for interactive and digital media research and technology commercialization, with Dr. Alan Kay, Dr. Danny Hillis, and Mr. Bran Ferren as the advisors.

He is the founding editor-in-chief of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Computers in Entertainment magazine - a nonprofit educational publication since 2003 to promote research and development in all aspects of entertainment technology.
He is also the founding CEO of the nonprofit Institute for Education, Research, and Scholarships with educational and research focus on entertainment technology, renewable energy, and human aging research.

While at Disney between 1996 and 2006, Lee founded the Disney Online Technology Forums and developed over 100 games and activities on award-winning web sites Disney.com and Disney's Blast, as well as enhanced-TV programs for ABC's "Summer Jam Concert" and Disney Channel's "In Concert."

In 1993, Lee developed an object-oriented scripting language and cross-platform compiler for interactive CD-ROMs including the beloved titles "The Lion King Animated Storybook," "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree," "101 Dalmatians," "Lamp Chop Loves Music," "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," "Haunted House," "George Shrinks," and "Barbie as Rapunzel." He and his colleagues received the Michigan's Leading Edge Technologies Award for their invention.

Lee has served as a juror for the 2003 Emmy Awards for Advanced Media Technology. He has won two community development awards from the California Junior Chamber of Commerce, and four Disney VoluntEARS project leader awards. He has published two novels, a book chapter in "Machine Learning and Uncertain Reasoning" (Academic Press 1990), and dozens of research papers on software applications in medical science, national security, quality control, telecommunication, library science, and new media. He has refereed for the International Journal of Man-Machine Studies, IEEE Expert, and IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. He has given invited talks at M.I.T., AT&T, the MITRE Corp., and international conferences.

Lee holds a B.S. and M.S. in computer science from Virginia Tech, an electrical engineering degree and honorary doctorate from Vincennes University. He currently serves on various advisory boards at the Art Institute of California, Digital Hollywood, UCLA, USC, and Virginia Tech.