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The Center for Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning (CISML) is a collaboration of faculty from four colleges and nine academic departments at the University of Tennessee (UT), and is part of the College of Engineering on the Knoxville campus. Beginning as a simple faculty initiative to create a unified curricula, CISML evolved (in October 2010) into an official UT research center that studies the theory and application of intelligent systems and machine learning. In addition to UT faculty, the Center's research staff is comprised of eight experts from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

CISML's focus is on designing computer-based systems that exhibit intelligent behavior, operate autonomously, and adapt to environmental changes. Examples of the diverse research activities in this area include pattern recognition, robotics, artificial intelligence, biologically-inspired cognitive architectures, bioinformatics, and data mining, to name a few.

Recent News

  • November 3, 2015 State Farm Data Scientist

    Dr. Robert Coop, a CISML alumni and graduate student of Dr. Itamar Arel, was one of the first two data scientists hired at State Farm. Dr. Coop said it has been an exciting experience and pretty fascinating to work with millions of observations when each observation represents a car accident. State Farm was founded in 1922 and has collected a large amount of data over the years. Dr. Coop has been involved in many different types projects involving anything from analyzing claims with neural networks to using graph theory to examine network activity. Telematics is playing a greater role in the insurance industry, and State Farm recently received FAA permission to use drones for aerial photography. Dr. Coop said it looks like machine learning and data science will continue to play an important role at the company. State Farm now has over twenty data scientists and is still growing. Dr. Coop received a M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2010 with a concentration in Intelligent Control Systems and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering in 2013 with a concentration in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence from The University of Tennessee. Click HERE to see Dr. Coop at his State Farm office.

  • October 29, 2015 CISML Alumni Dr. Li joins NIH

    Yuan Yuan Li was a Ph.D. student of Dr. Lynne Parker and member of CISML. After graduation, Dr. Li joined National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Biostatistics and Computational Biology Branch (BCBB) as a NIH post-doctoral IRTA fellow in 2011. In May 2014, she became a research fellow in the BCBB under the supervision of Dr. Leping Li. Dr. Li's current research focuses on mining large-scale cancer genomic data for identifying clinically important biomarkers or targets using various machine learning and statistical techniques. She received her undergraduate in Computer Information Science with minor in Mathematics at the Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2001. Dr. Li then received her master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2006 and Ph.D. in EECS at UTK in 2010. Click HERE to see Dr. Li at work in her office at NIH.

  • September 28, 2015 CISML 2015 Summer Internships / Research

    Click HERE to read an article about the CISML 2015 Summer Internships/Research.