Dr. Lynne E. Parker, a native Knoxvillian, is Professor and Associate Head in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UTK), having joined UTK in 2002. 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 is also Assistant Director of the ORNL Science Alliance, 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 over 135 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 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. 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 serves 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 is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Robotics Automation Society's Conference Editorial Board (CEB) . 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 is an Associate Editor of IEEE Intelligent Systems Magazine and an Associate Editor of the Swarm Intelligence journal. She serves on numerous international conference program committees, and is the General Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2015. She served as an elected member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society from 2008-2013.
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, 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 February 2014