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Regli, William

Bill Regli
Director, Institute for Systems Research
2173 A.V. Williams Building

Research Interests 

Artificial intelligence, solid modeling and graphics, CAD/CAM, integration science, mechanical design, and wireless networks


Dr. Regli is a computer scientist who has focused his career on interdisciplinary and use-inspired problems spanning engineering, artificial intelligence and computational modeling and graphics. His most recent activities have deployed cyber-infrastructure systems to capture and curate engineering and science data in order to ensure long-term sustainability. Dr. Regli’s current interests include computational tools to exploit the properties of advanced materials, additive manufacturing systems and enabling new paradigms for design and production.   He has published more than 250 technical articles and his research has spawned two start-up technology companies (one focused on mobile communications for public safety, the other on information management in edge networks) and resulted in five foundational U.S. Patents in the area of 3D CAD search.

From 2014 to 2017 Regli served on the leadership team of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), as Deputy Director (9/2014-12/2016) and then Acting Director (1/2017-7/2017) of the Defense Sciences Office (DSO).  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.  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) and as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (1995-1997).  For his contributions, Regli received the DARPA Meritorious Public Service Medal (2018).

Dr. Regli holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland at College Park and Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Saint Joseph's University. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); an elected senior member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI); and a Fellow of the Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his “contributions to 3D search, design repositories and intelligent manufacturing.”

Honors and Awards 

Fellow of the Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2017) for "contributions to 3D search, design repositories and intelligent manufacturing."

Related News 

Czech Republic–United States Workshop on Artificial Intelligence held at UMD
The international invited workshop explored topics in artificial intelligence for robotics, transportation, and cybersecurity. September 19, 2018

Lu, Gollob, Picard win ISR annual awards
ISR's outstanding graduate student, undergraduate student, and staff member awards were given at the Institute's  welcome back reception. August 30, 2018

Regli is speaker, 'Risers' workshop chair at DARPA 60th anniversary symposium
D60 will be held Sept. 5–7 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Md. August 20, 2018

Bill Regli wins Washington Academy of Sciences Excellence in Research in Computer Science Award
The ISR director has also been elevated to Fellow in the academy. April 25, 2018

Bill Regli featured at Global Industrial Cooperation Conference
The ISR director spoke on “AI and Human-Machine Symbiosis." April 9, 2018

Maryland Robotics Center adds four faculty affiliates
Regli, Manocha, Shoukry and Sochol affiliate with the center. February 27, 2018

William Regli named sixth director of ISR
Regli, an ISR alumnus, will begin his appointment in January 2018. July 7, 2017