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Center for Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning

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The Center for Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning (CISML) is a collaboration of faculty from three colleges and eight 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

  • April 15, 2014 Boeing position in Data Analytics in Huntsville, AL

    A position in Data Analytics is now available with Boeing at their Huntsville, AL facility. Please go to and search for the requisition number: 14-1005255. You can also click here for a link to a pdf file of the official job posting.

  • April 14, 2014 MS positions at ORNL in Systems Programming

    ORNL in conjunction with the Computer Science Mathematics Division is seeking outstanding recent Master’s graduates interested in systems programming and distributed systems to work in extreme scale computing. Help enable the best and most productive use possible of emerging exa-scale high-performance computers and develop revolutionary approaches to reducing time-to-solution of extreme-scale computing and computational science problems. Two specific job postings available: 1) Post Master’s Research Associate in Systems Programming: 2) Post Master’s Research Associate in HPC Networking: For additional questions, please contact Kate Carter, carterka [at] ornl [dot] gov.

  • March 28, 2014 Dr. Lynne Parker is highlighted in Quest (March 28, 2014)

    Lynne Parker sits in her office frantically working on a research grant proposal as the deadline looms. Back at home, her dinner is being prepared, furniture is being dusted, and laundry is being washed. But Parker doesn’t have a maid. She has a robot, similar to the aproned, duster-donning Rosie from the popular cartoon The Jetsons. Unfortunately, this is only a daydream. But Parker, an expert in distributed autonomous robotic systems, believes it's only a matter of time until it becomes a reality. Click here for the complete article.