2004 Technical Achievement Award Recipient
"For pioneering developments of distributed automation for hierarchical control of interacting machines into dynamic reasoning systems."
Dr. Phoha’s research interests are in computational sciences that enable dependable distributed automation of multiple interacting devices over ad hoc and long haul networks. She has forged new research directions in computational sciences to enable dependable distributed automation of multiple interacting devices. She has developed real-time data driven sensor fusion and self-organization algorithms for secure wireless sensor networks for target tracking and for autonomous ocean sampling robotic networks. She has held senior technical and management positions in academia, government, and industry. For two years, she was the Director of a premier national laboratory, the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which conducts research in Mathematical Sciences, Computer Security, Software, Advanced Networking, Information Access, and Statistical Engineering. Since 1991, she has held the dual titles of Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University and the Director of the Division of Information Sciences and Technology at its Applied Research Laboratory. Prior to that, she was the Director of C4I and Systems Analysis Division of the Computer Sciences Corporation where she led the development of the Global Transportation Network for DoD. She has authored over 200 research papers, three books, and holds three patents.