Robotics History: Narratives and Networks Oral Histories: Lynne Parker


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Lynne Parker was raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was first interested in computer science and artificial intelligence as a child, since she always enjoyed math and science. She got her bachelor’s degree at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tennessee, and her master’s degree at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and her PhD at MIT. She first started working at Oak Ridge National Lab, while working towards her master’s degree, her first exposure to robotics and artificial intelligence. After being invited to become an associate editor for RAS, and later editor, she worked as the editor in chief for the ICRA conference, the flagship conference for RAS. She is currently the ICRA general chair,and has also done work with the NSF, chiefly with the National Robotics Initiative and employed at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as Assistant Director of Artificial Intelligence.

In this interview, Parker discusses her early life and how she became interested in robotics and artificial intelligence. She also discusses the various projects she has worked on, her main work creating robots that can work with people, where the robot can infer what to do without human command. She also talks about the barriers young women face going into IT fields and what they can do to get into the field and succeed.

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  • January 20, 2020



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