Professor Spector teaches and conducts research in artificial intelligence, artificial life, and a variety of areas at the intersections of computer science with cognitive science, physics, evolutionary biology, and the arts.

Office Hours (in SCCE C211)

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  • Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Maryland, College Park
  • B.A., Philosophy, Oberlin College

Current Positions

  • Visiting Professor of Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, Amherst College
  • Professor of Computer Science, School of Cognitive Science, Hampshire College
  • Adjunct Professor and Associated Five-College Graduate Faculty member, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Editor-in-Chief, Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines, a journal published by Springer
  • Associate Editor, ACM Transactions on Evolutionary Learning and Optimization, a journal published by the Association for Computing Machinery
  • Member, Editorial Board, Evolutionary Computation, a journal published by MIT Press
  • Member, Executive Board, ACM SIGEVO, a special interest group of the Association for Computing Machinery, on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (formerly the International Society for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation)