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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


    Applications are called for a four-year position as researcher in Mathematical Modeling and Algorithmics for Big-Data Analysis at the Center for Mathematical Modeling ( of Universidad de Chile, starting before October 2015. A Ph.D. in mathematics, statistics, computer science, electrical engineering or related fields is requested. In any case, background in mathematics will be required. Click HERE for more info.

  • April 1, 2015 CONGRATULATIONS

    Congratulations to Xiaopeng Zhao (CISML/MABE) for getting a white paper accepted at the NSF Big Data Hub Regional Meeting at Durham, NC on April 13th! M. Berry and C. Cao (CIMSL/EECS/Math) are collaborating with him on this work related to the creation of a big data repository for the storage and analysis of EEG data.

  • March 23, 2015 ORNL Opportunity - Masters or Post Masters Students

    Imagine, Signals, and Machine Learning (ISML) Group seek qualified candidates with expertise in computer vision/image processing and data analytics. Click HERE for job description.