CISE Announce: NSF/CISE Launches Search Committee for Information & Intelligent Systems (IIS) Division Director

May 17, 2017

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Dear Colleagues,
We are pleased to announce that the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) has formed a search committee for the next Division Director for its Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS).
As many of you know, Lynne Parker completed her rotation as IIS Division Director in January 2017, returning to her institution, the University of Tennessee, as the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Engagement for the Tickle College of Engineering.  While at NSF/CISE, Lynne provided outstanding leadership of IIS, including deep engagement in interagency activities (e.g., her leadership in the federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program’s robotics and AI communities, including in developing the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan published in October 2016). We thank Lynne for her dedication, commitment, and service to NSF/CISE and the IIS and CISE research communities.  In January, Howard Wactlar, who previously served as IIS Division Director from 2010 to 2014, graciously agreed to serve as Acting Division Director for IIS pending the outcome of a nationwide search for the next Division Director.
The announcement for the IIS Division Director recruitment can be found on USAJobs (, and members of the IIS Division Director Search Committee are:
Greg Hager, Johns Hopkins University (hager AT
Eric Horvitz, Microsoft Research (horvitz AT
Andrew Moore, Carnegie Mellon University (awm AT
Beth Mynatt, Georgia Institute of Technology (mynatt AT
Daniela Rus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (rus AT
Marjorie Skubic, University of Missouri (SkubicM AT
Rao Kosaraju, NSF, Liaison to Search Committee (skosaraj AT
Please feel free to contact any of the committee members to nominate candidates.  Self-nominations are also invited.
IIS supports the study of the interrelated roles of people, computers, and information.  IIS-funded activities 1) develop new knowledge about the role of people in the design and use of information technology; 2) increase our capability to create, manage, and understand data and information in circumstances ranging from personal computers to globally-distributed systems; and 3) advance our understanding of how computational systems can exhibit the hallmark of intelligence.
The IIS Division Director has managerial and oversight responsibilities for the division, which comprises a total annual budget of approximately $190 million; helps determine funding requirements, prepares and justifies budget estimates, balances program needs, allocates resources, and oversees the evaluation of proposals and recommendations for awards and declines; and represents the division to relevant external groups, including through fostering of partnerships with other NSF divisions/directorates, Federal agencies, scientific organizations and the academic community.
Thank you in advance for your help with identifying candidates for this important position.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.
Jim and Erwin
Jim Kurose, Assistant Director (AD) of NSF for CISE (
Erwin Gianchandani, Deputy AD of NSF for CISE (



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