Jim Kurose is a Distinguished University Professor, currently on leave, from the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is currently serving as Assistant Director for Artificial Intelligence at the Office of Science and Technology Policy. From 2015-2018, he served as Assistant Director at the National Science Foundation, where he led the Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). With an annual budget of more than $900 million, CISE's mission is support fundamental research in computer science (including artificial intelligence) and transformative advances in cyberinfrastructure. He has also co-chaired the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Technology, providing overall coordination for the activities of 17 government agencies.
Dr. Kurose received his PhD in computer science from Columbia University, and a BA in physics from Wesleyan University. He has received a number of awards for his research and teaching, including the IEEE Infocom Award, the ACM SIGCOMM Lifetime Achievement Award and the IEEE Computer Society Taylor Booth Education Medal. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE.