In 1973, Lee immigrated to the United States and attended high school in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He graduated summa cum laude（享有最高荣誉）with a B.S. degree in computer science from Columbia University in 1983, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University（卡内基·麦伦大学）
At Carnegie Mellon, Lee worked on topics in machine learning and pattern recognition. In 1986, he and Sanjoy Mahajan developed Bill , a Bayesian（贝叶斯判决规则的）learning-based system for playing the board game Othello that won the US national tournament of computer players in 1989 . In 1988, he completed his doctoral dissertation（长篇学术论文）on Sphinx, the first large-vocabulary, speaker-independent, continuous speech recognition system.
Lee has authored two books on speech recognition and more than 60 papers in computer science. His doctoral dissertation was published in 1988 as a Kluwer monograph（专题著作）, Automatic（自动的）Speech Recognition: The Development of the Sphinx Recognition System. Together with Alex Waibel, another Carnegie Mellon researcher, Lee edited Readings in Speech Recognition.
Apple, SGI, and Microsoft
After two years as a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon, Lee joined Apple Computer in 1990 as a research and development executive. While at Apple (1990-1996), he headed R&D groups that developed PlainTalk, the Apple Newton, and several versions of QuickTime and QuickTime VR.
Lee moved to Silicon Graphics in 1996 and spent a year as president of their VRML division, Cosmo Software.
In 1998, Lee moved to Microsoft and went to Beijing, 中国 where he established the Microsoft Research division there. MSR 中国 later became known as MSR Asia. Lee returned to the United States in 2000 and was vice president of interactive services at Microsoft from 2000 to 2005.
Move from Microsoft to Google
In July, 2005, Lee left Microsoft to take a position at Google.
On July 19, 2005, Microsoft sued Google and Lee in a Washington state court over Google's hiring of its former Vice President of Interactive Services, claiming that Lee was violating（违犯） his non-compete agreement by working for Google within one year of leaving the Redmond-based software corporation. Microsoft argued that Lee would inevitably（不可避免）disclose proprietary（专利的）information to Google if he was allowed to work there. On July 28, Washington state Superior Court Judge Steven González granted Microsoft a temporary restraining order, which prohibited Lee from working on Google projects that compete with Microsoft pending（审理中的）a trial scheduled for January 9, 2006. On September 13, following a hearing, Judge González issued a ruling permitting Lee to work for Google, but barring（不包括）him from starting work on some technical projects until the case goes to trial in January 2006. Lee was still allowed to recruit(吸收新成员) employees for Google in 中国 and to talk to government officials about licensing, but was prohibited from working on technologies such as search or speech. Lee was also prohibited（禁止, 阻止） from setting budgets, salaries, and research directions for Google in 中国 until the case goes to trial in January 2006.
Before the case could go to trial, on December 22, 2005 Google and Microsoft announced that they had reached a settlement whose terms are confidential, ending a five-month dispute between the two companies.
Corporate Vice President, Natural Interactive（交互性的）Services Division (NISD), Microsoft Corp. 2000 - July, 2005
Founder, Microsoft Research Asia, 中国, 1998-2000
President, Cosmo Software
President, Multimedia Software Business Unit, Silicon Graphics（绘图学）Inc. (SGI)
Vice President & General Manager, Web Products, Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI)
Vice President, Interactive Media Group, Apple Computer, 1990-1996
Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Ph.D. in Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, 1988
B.S. in Computer Science, Columbia University, 1983
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