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Dr. Lynne E. Parker


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Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Min H. Kao Building, Room 617
1520 Middle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-2250
Office Phone: 865-974-4394
Office Fax: 865-974-5483

Areas of Interest

  • Distributed mobile robotics
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Distributed intelligence
  • Sensor networks
  • Machine learning
  • Embedded systems
  • Multi-agent systems


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994
  • M.S. in Computer Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1988
  • B.S. in Computer Science, Tennessee Technological University, 1983


Dr. Lynne E. Parker, a native Knoxvillian, is a Professor in the EECS Department, 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 is the Assistant Director for Artificial Intelligence, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She is also a visiting researcher in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where she worked as a Distinguished Research and Development Staff Member for several years prior to joining UTK. She is also Assistant Director of the UT/ORNL Science Alliance, principally responsible for managing the UT-ORNL Joint Directed Research and Development Program.

Dr. Parker is a leading international researcher in the field of distributed intelligence, and has published over 100 articles, including five edited books on the topic of distributed robotics. For this research, she was awarded the 2000 PECASE Award (Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers). She is a Fellow of IEEE, selected for her contributions to distributed and heterogeneous multi-robot systems.

She has served on numerous national and international advisory and review boards, including the National Research Council’s Advisory Panel on Air and Ground Vehicle Technology and the NRC’s Advisory Panel on Armor and Armaments, both 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 has served as a Senior Editor of IEEE Transactions on Robotics, as well as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, IEEE Intelligent Systems Magazine, and the Swarm Intelligence journal. She serves on numerous international conference organization and program committees, and is an elected member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.


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