CISE/IIS Welcomes Howard Wactlar as Acting DD

January 13, 2017

Beginning January 5, 2017, CISE welcomes Dr. Howard Wactlar as the Acting Division Director for the CISE Division of Information & Intelligent Systems (IIS).  Dr. Wactlar served as the previous Division Director of IIS from 2011-2014.

CISE thanks Dr. Lynne Parker for her service over the last two years as the IIS Division Director.  Dr. Parker has become the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Engagement at the University of Tennessee’s Tickle College of Engineering (UT announcement).

While at NSF/CISE, Dr. Parker provided tremendous leadership of IIS research, not only as Division Director for IIS, but also through her deep engagement in interagency activities that align with the IIS and CISE research communities.  For example, she co-chaired the Task Force on Artificial Intelligence of the Subcommittee on Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) under the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC)’s Committee on Technology; that group published the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan in October.  She also participated in the development of the federal report “Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence,” also published at that time by the NSTC.  Dr. Parker  served as the co-chair of the Robotics and Intelligent Systems Interagency Working Group of NITRD, which coordinates federal research investments in this area.  In her two years at NSF, Dr. Parker oversaw the development of new funding opportunities for the research community, including the National Robotics Initiative 2.0: Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots and Smart and Autonomous Systems program solicitations.

Information about recruiting a Division Director for IIS will be forthcoming; the position description is posted on USAJOBS.

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