Lynne Parker is Professor and Associate Head in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she directs the research of the Distributed Intelligence Laboratory and was the founding Director of the Center for Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning. Lynne received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), performing her research in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, with a minor in brain and cognitive science. She is a leading international expert in the area of multi-robot systems, and has published many articles in the areas of mobile robot cooperation, human-robot cooperation, machine learning, and sensor networks. For this research, she was awarded the PECASE (US Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers) in 2000. She is a Fellow of IEEE.