Douglas Birdwell

Hertz Fellow: Douglas Birdwell

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Area of Study

Electrical Engineering

Fellowship Years

1975 - 1978

Douglas Birdwell is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Tennessee, and a director of the Laboratory for Information Technologies. He received his PhD from MIT in 1978, and in 1974, he received his BS and MS from the University of Tennessee. Douglas is a fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and has over twenty years of service in numerous positions in the IEEE, including president (2004) and member of the board of governors (1990-2001) of the Control Systems Society, general chair (1998) and program co-chair (1996) of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, secretary-administrator (1993-1995), and associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (1990-1992).

Doug's research experience covers a broad range of topics in modeling, controls, intelligent systems, command, control and communications systems, signal and image processing, secure information technologies, and high performance databases. From 1995-2011, his work focused upon the development of advanced information technologies for use by state and federal law enforcement agencies and the defense community, including the development of the fundamental search, match, and retrieval methods used for human identification using DNA and the identification of missing persons and victims of mass disasters using pedigree data and DNA from family members.

His current research interests are in computational neuroscience and systems biology. He has over 100 publications, holds twenty-four patents, and has directed in excess of $10 million in externally sponsored research and development projects at the University.


1978 - On Reliable Control System Designs