Dr. Lynne E. Parker is Assistant Director for Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In this role, she is the White House lead for AI policy and engages with numerous stakeholders to accelerate advances in AI for economic growth, improved quality of life, and national and economic security. Dr. Parker recently helped lead the development of President Trump’s Executive Order establishing the American Artificial Intelligence Initiative, which was signed in February 2019. This Initiative bolsters research, governance, education, and workforce training around artificial intelligence.
Prior to joining OSTP, Dr. Parker was Interim Dean of the Tickle College of Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), and Professor in UTK's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. Dr. Parker previously served as National Science Foundation's Division Director for Information and Intelligent Systems, and was a co-chair of the US Government task force on AI that produced the 2016 National Artificial Intelligence R&D Strategic Plan. She is currently overseeing the interagency process to update to this plan. Prior to joining UTK, she worked as a Distinguished R&D Staff Member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Parker is a world-leading expert on distributed and intelligent robot systems, human-robot interaction, and artificial intelligence with over 140 peer-reviewed papers on these and related subjects. Dr. Parker received her PhD in computer science from MIT and is a Fellow of AAAS and IEEE.