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AI Policies and Initiatives: Progress and Opportunities at the Federal Level and in Tennessee

Friday, March 1, 2024

March 1st, 2024

10am CST

Livestreamed on Zoom @ https://auburn.zoom.us/j/81706339239

Recorded for later viewing at https://eng.auburn.edu/ai-au/forum


Dr. Lynne Parker, Director, AI Tennessee Initiative, The University of Tennessee


The national dialogue around AI policies and initiatives has skyrocketed over the last five years. As a Nation, we have gone from everyday citizens having no awareness of AI to a society in which everyone now has an opinion about AI. While numerous policies and initiatives are in place to address the opportunities and challenges presented by AI, much work remains to be done – both at the federal level and within individual states. Drawing from my experience leading AI policy at the White House and now steering the AI Tennessee Initiative, I’ll overview key actions taken nationally and in Tennessee. We’ll explore key challenges that remain – particularly those that require broad interdisciplinary expertise. With this talk, I hope to inspire collaboration towards unlocking the power of AI, ultimately ensuring broad participation in its benefits.


Dr. Lynne Parker is Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT) and Director of the AI Tennessee Initiative, which aims to position Tennessee as a national and global leader in the data-intensive knowledge economy. Previously, she served as Founding Director of the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States. She previously served for two years at the National Science Foundation as Division Director for Information and Intelligent Systems. In these roles across three Administrations, she led the development of numerous landmark national AI policies bolstering research, governance, education and workforce training, international engagement, and the Federal use of AI.

Dr. Parker joined the UT faculty in 2002 and is an expert on distributed and intelligent robot systems, human-robot interaction, and AI. She has held numerous other leadership positions besides those noted above, including at UT (Interim Dean of the Tickle College of Engineering) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Distinguished R&D Staff Member and Group Leader). She is a Fellow of AAAI, AAAS, and IEEE, and a Distinguished Member of ACM. She received her PhD in computer science from MIT. For more details about the speaker, please click here: https://research.utk.edu/lynne-e-parker/