B.Math., M.Math. (Waterloo), Ph.D. (Victoria)
Distinguished Fellow of HKCS, Fellow of HKIE

Constraint Satisfaction, Satisfiability, Search

Research Areas
  • Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Theory
    • Optimization
  • Data and Software Engineering
    • Software Technologies



Jimmy Lee graduated on the Dean’s Honours List with an Honours BMath degree, majoring both in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1987. He received his MMath degree in Computer Science in 1988 also from Waterloo. Jimmy then moved to the University of Victoria, Canada, and completed his doctoral studies in 1992 under the supervision of the late Maarten van Emden in the area of constraint logic programming. During his graduate studies, he was involved in research projects funded by IBM (Canada) and the Canadian Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems. Upon graduation, Jimmy returned to Hong Kong and joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he is now Director of the University Planning Office, Associate Head of the New Asia College, Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Professor (by courtesy) in the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management. He is currently a member of the Board of TrusteesNew Asia College, and The CouncilCUHK. In his past life, he was Associate Dean (Education) during 2019-21 and Assistant Dean (Education) during 2018-19 of the Faculty of Engineering, Graduate Division Head of Financial Technology during 2019-21, Graduate Division Head of Computer Science during 2008-11, and was in charge of the Department’s curricula and Teaching and Learning matters during 2011-14 to look after the transition to the 334-curriculum.  Jimmy’s research is mainly in Constraint Programming (CP), focusing on the theory and practice of constraint satisfaction and optimization with applications in scheduling, resource allocation, and combinatorial problems.  He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research and the CONSTRAINTS journal, and served numerous times as Area Chairs and Senior PC members on the IJCAI, AAAI and CP conferences.  Jimmy is a two-time recipient (2004 and 2015) of the CUHK Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award and was bestowed in 2017 the CUHK University Education Award, the highest honour in education at CUHK.