Booz Allen Hamilton Colloquium: Bill Regli, Director, ARLIS, University of Maryland

Friday, November 5, 2021
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
1110 Kim Building
Kara Stamets
301 405 4471

Title: Transitioning of Artificial Intelligence to Users: ARLIS's Human-Centered Approach

William Regli
Executive Director,
Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence & Security
Professor of Computer Science
Affiliate Faculty of the Departments of Electrical and
Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics,
Institute for Systems Research
The University of Maryland at College Park

Abstract: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is widely acknowledged as a critical technology, if not the critical technology, to the current national security landscape of the United States. Numerous reports in recent years have documented the need for a collective response to the challenges posed by AI, including its trustworthiness, reliability, and resilience. The fraught nature of the autonomous vehicles and social media illustrate some of the issues associated with the acceptance and integration of AI with society.

This talk will introduce the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence & Security (ARLIS), the University of Maryland's center for interdisciplinary and applied research across social science and AI in service to the Department of Defense. Artificial Intelligence, Autonomy and Human-Machine Augmentation are core competencies for ARLIS and we developing new approaches to bring new AI-enhanced capabilities to users. We will present an overview of the ARLIS framework for test and evaluation of AI as well as examples of work from several projects helping to advance the transition of AI into practical use.

Bio: William Regli is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland at College Park (since 2018); he also serves as the founding Executive Director of the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS), a University Affiliated Research Laboratory (UARC) for the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (OUSD(IS)). ARLIS is comprised of over 100 FTE scientists, engineers, and affiliates, over 60 projects with a total annual budget in excess of $30M/year in annual expenditures. In addition to these roles, Regli is an affiliate faculty member of Maryland’s Clark College of Engineering, the Institute for Systems Research (for which he was the Director from 2018-2019), the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics. In his spare time, he teaches Introduction to AI, Introduction to Machine Learning and advises several CS and Engineering graduate students. Prior to his joining Maryland, from 2014 to 2017, Regli served on the leadership team of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), as Deputy Director (9/14-12/16) and Acting Director (1/17-7/17) of the Defense Sciences Office (DSO); then as Special Assistant to the DARPA Director (8/17-12/17). During his tenure, DSO initiated programs in areas as diverse as artificial intelligence, design and manufacturing, social science, applied mathematics, physical sciences and advanced sensing technologies; additionally, he was program chair of the DARPA 60th (D60) conference (2018) and of the “DARPA Rising” national research talent search (2015, 2018). Regli’s other government service includes as a Scientific Adviser to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DoE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in the areas of information technology and manufacturing (2010-2014;2018-); as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (1995-1997); served on the US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (2019-2021); and is presently a member of the board for Computing Research Association’s Computing Community Consortium (CCC). Regli’s previous academic experience includes time as a faculty member, Institute Director, and Associate Dean of Research for Computing and Informatics at Drexel University (1997-2014); as well as time as a member of the research faculty at Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (1997), visiting scientist at AT&T Research (1999) and Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Labs (2003-2004). Regli’s has advised over 50 graduate students, over 100 undergraduate researchers, and produced over 300 papers and five patents; he is a Senior Member of ACM and AAAI and a Fellow of both AAAS (2020) and IEEE (2017).

Audience: Clark School  Graduate  Undergraduate  Faculty  Staff  Post-Docs  Alumni 

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