Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Dr. J. Douglas Birdwell


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Dr. J. Douglas Birdwell is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee in 1974. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T. in 1978, specializing in reliable control systems design.

He joined the faculty at UT in 1978, and is presently the director of the Laboratory for Information Technologies, which develops secure distributed information systems and analysis tools for counternarcotics and other law enforcement agencies.

He has extensive experience in the following areas:

He has over 100 publications in these areas and has directed in excess of $4M externally sponsored research and development projects at the University. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the Board of Governors (through 2001) and former Secretary-Administrator on Executive Committee for the IEEE Control Systems Society.

He has served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, as Program Co-chair of the 1996 CDC held in Kobe, Japan, and as the General Chair of the 1998 CDC in Tampa, FL, USA. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Sigma Xi honor societies.


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