Dr. Lynne E. Parker is the Division Director for the Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) Division in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate at the National Science Foundation, on loan since January 2015 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. At NSF, she provides research leadership in the areas of information and intelligent systems, overseeing an annual research budget of approximately $200 million. She directs the activities of the division; assesses needs and trends; develops breakthrough opportunities; conducts and implements overall strategic planning; steers policy; and fosters partnerships with other divisions, directorates, federal agencies, scientific organizations, and the academic community. She serves as the Co-Chair of the Robotics and Intelligent Systems Interagency Working Group, as part of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Committee on Technology. She also serves as the Co-Chair of the NITRD task force for machine learning and artificial intellingence, which is tasked in 2016 to develop a National Strategic Plan for research and development for machine learning and artificial intelligence.
She is at NSF on leave from her teaching and service duties as Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville . She has been on the UTK faculty since 2002, and served as Associate Head of the EECS Department from 2010-2014. At UTK, she is the founder and director of the Distributed Intelligence Laboratory, which performs research in multi-robot systems, sensor networks, machine learning, and human-robot interaction. She was also the Founding Director of the Center for Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning from 2010-2012. She is also an adjunct distinguished R&D staff member in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where she worked as a researcher for several years (full-time: 1986-1989, 1994-2002; part-time adjunct: 2002-2009). She also served as Assistant Director of the ORNL Science Alliance (2008-2014), where she was principally responsible for managing the UT-ORNL Joint Directed Research and Development Program.
Dr. Parker received her Ph.D. degree in computer science in 1994 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), performing her research on cooperative control algorithms for multi-robot systems in MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, with a minor in brain and cognitive science. She received her M.S. degree in computer science from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and her B.S. degree in computer science from Tennessee Technological University, with a minor in mathematics.
Dr. Parker is a leading international researcher in the field of distributed multi-robot systems. She has published numerous articles in the areas of mobile robot cooperation, human-robot cooperation, sensor networks, robotic learning, intelligent agent architectures, and robot navigation. These publications include five edited books on the topic of distributed robotics. For this research, she was awarded the 1999 DOE Office of Science Early Career Scientist Award, and the 2000 PECASE (Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers) for her research in multi-robot systems. She also received a 2000 UT-Battelle Technical Achievement Award for Significant Research Accomplishments. In 2006, she was awarded the Angie Warren Perkins Award for scholorship, teaching, and contributions to campus intellectual life. In 2007, she was the UTK Department of Computer Science Professor of the Year. In 2009, she received the UTK College of Engineering Allen and Hoshall Engineering Faculty Award, and the Ralph Gonzalez Family Research Excellence Award. In 2011, she received the UTK Chancellor's Honor for Research and Creative Achievement and the UTK Department of EECS ACM/IEEE Outstanding CS Faculty Award. In 2013, she received the UTK College of Engineering Moses and Mayme Brooks Distinguished Professor Award. In 2014, she was awarded the UTK Chancellor's Honor for Success in Multidisciplinary Research, the UTK College of Engineering Leon and Nancy Cole Superior Teaching Award, and the Computer Scientist of Distinction award from her alma mater (Tennessee Tech University), which is the highest alumni award offered by the Tennessee Tech College of Engineering. In 2015, she received the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Service Award. She is a Fellow of IEEE (class of 2010), selected for her contributions to distributed and heterogeneous multi-robot systems.
She is an active leader in her field, and is a frequent invited speaker at international conferences, workshops, and universities, having given over 110 invited lectures in more than 15 countries. Dr. Parker has taught invited short courses on the topic of distributed robotics in Daejeon, South Korea; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and in Madrid, Spain. She has served on an Artificial Intelligence Delegation to the People's Republic of China. She was a selected member of the 2004-2005 class of the Defense Science Study Group, which is a program administered by the Institute for Defense Analyses for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to introduce professors of science and engineering to the challenges facing national security. She served on a study of the National Research Council (NRC) on Persistent Surveillance: A Critical Tool for the Counter-IED Mission. She served as an appointed member of the National Research Council's Advisory Panel on Information Science, and previously on the NRC's Advisory Panels on Air and Ground Vehicle Technology, and on Armor and Armaments, all of which oversee research at the Army Research Laboratory. She also served on the Strategic Advisory Commission for the European Commission's research program entitled Beyond Robotics, and frequently serves as a technical reviewer for the European Union's Information Society Technologies research programs.
She was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Robotics Automation Society's Conference Editorial Board (CEB) from 2012-2014. She has been a Senior Editor of IEEE Transactions on Robotics, after serving several years as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation. She served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Intelligent Systems Magazine and an Associate Editor of the Swarm Intelligence journal. She has served on numerous international conference program committees, and was the General Chair of the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). She served as an elected member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society from 2008-2013. She serves on many IEEE RAS committees.
Prof. Parker is also committed to teaching and training the next generation of scholars in computer science. She regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate classes at the University of Tennessee in robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, algorithms, and related topics.
Sponsors of her research include the National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Caterpillar Inc., the Institute for Personal Robots in Education, and Hughes Research Laboratory. Dr. Parker is a Fellow of IEEE; she is also a member of ACM, AAAI, and Sigma Xi.
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Last Updated July 2016