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Donald Wunsch

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(703) 292-7102
Program Director

Program Responsibilities:
Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (EPCN)
Foundational Research in Robotics (Robotics)
Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science Phase II (TRIPODS)
National Robotics Initiative 3.0: Innovations in Integration of Robotics (NRI-3.0)


Donald C. Wunsch II is the Mary K. Finley Missouri Distinguished Professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), Rolla, Missouri. He is Director of the Applied Computational Intelligence Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research group. Earlier employers were: Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX,) Boeing (Seattle, WA,) Rockwell International (Albuquerque, NM,) and International Laser Systems, (Albuquerque, NM). His education includes: Ph.D., Electrical Engineering - University of Washington (Seattle, WA), Executive MBA - Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO), M.S., Applied Mathematics  - University of Washington (Seattle, WA), B.S., Applied Mathematics - University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM), and Jesuit Core Honors Program, Seattle University (Seattle, WA).  Key research contributions are in real-time design of Mixed-Modality Learning, Unsupervised Learning, and Reinforcement Learning and their applications. He is an IEEE Fellow and previous International Neural Networks Society (INNS) President, INNS Fellow, NSF CAREER Awardee,  2015 INNS Gabor Award recipient, and 2019 Ada Lovelace Service Award Recipient. He served as IJCNN General Chair, and on several Boards, including the St. Patrick's School Board, IEEE Neural Networks Council, INNS, and the University of Missouri Bioinformatics Consortium, Chaired the Missouri S&T Information Technology and Computing Committee as well as the Student Design and Experiential Learning Center Board. He has produced 22 Ph.D. recipients in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering and Computer Science.