Regli, William

Director, Institute for Systems Research and Professor
Institute for Systems Research
Department of Computer Science
2173 AV Williams, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Research Interests 
Artificial intelligence, solid modeling and graphics, CAD/CAM, integration science, mechanical design, and wireless networks
Background Info 
William Regli is the sixth director of the Institute for Systems Research and a Professor in ISR and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland.
Previous to this position, he was the Deputy Director of the Defense Sciences Office (DSO) of DARPA and a member of the agency-wide leadership team and technology council that guides the agency’s $2.8B/year investment in science and technology in support of the U.S. national security mission. In his role at DARPA, Regli oversaw 14 program managers in DSO and over 100 support personnel with a budget of approximately $200M/year. His responsibilities included the development of new programs across a diverse set of disciplines (computing, engineering, manufacturing, materials science, chemistry, physics—approximately 10 new programs per year); coordination of technology planning with other offices at DARPA (biology, information technology, tactical platforms, strategic systems, etc.) and across the national security enterprise; briefing senior members of the Administration and the United States Department of Defense; and outreach activities to academia and the private sector.
While in this capacity at DARPA, Regli was on leave from his position as a Professor of Computer and Information Science in the Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics. Previously at Drexel, he was (2011–2014) the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Activities for the College, and its predecessor, the College of Information Science and Technology. He holds departmental appointments in the iSchool, Computer Science; Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics (CoE); and Electrical and Computer Engineering (CoE); as well as in the College of Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems (BioMed). From 2007-2010 Regli was Senior Science Adviser to the National Institute of Justice’s Communications Technologies Center of Excellence. He also served (2010-2014) as Senior Scientific Adviser to the Defense Programs Office of the National Nuclear Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy in areas of information technology for design, manufacturing, production in support of the stewardship and surety of the United States’ nuclear weapons stockpile.
Among Regli’s roles at Drexel was as the Executive Director of Drexel’s Applied Communications and Information Networking (ACIN) Institute (2008-2010), a major University-wide multidisciplinary research and business entrepreneurship initiative of Drexel University. During his tenure managing ACIN, Regli doubled the number of full-time technical and research staff; expanded the technical activities to engage four of Drexel’s colleges (up from two); and managed to maintain the level of students and increase the number of faculty involved in spite of a 25% reduction in the RDT&E budget. Working with Drexel’s Provost and the Drexel office of Research, Regli transitioned ACIN to operate in accordance with the recommendations of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Science Foundation for operation of interdisciplinary research centers—the first such interdisciplinary research center of its kind at Drexel University.
Regli received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland at College Park (1995) and B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Saint Joseph’s University (1989). He has previously been a visiting researcher at Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Laboratories (2003-2005), Research Scientist at AT&T Laboratories’ Internet Platforms Technology Organization (1999), member of the Research Faculty at Carnegie Mellon University (1997) and a National Research Council (NRC) Post-Doctoral Research Associate (1996-1997) and Computer Scientist (1992-1996) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
In his research, Dr. Regli is highly interdisciplinary with interests and contributions span several computer science and engineering fields (artificial intelligence, solid modeling and graphics, CAD/CAM, integration science, mechanical design, and wireless networks). His scholarly and creative activities have been sponsored by a wide variety or organizations (including US Army, DISA, NSF, ONR, NRL, ARO, DARPA, NIST, DoJ, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, AT&T Labs, General Electric, NIH, FAA), supporting over 150 graduate and undergraduate students and producing six patent lings (5 awarded patents) and over 250 technical publications. Regli’s research awards include major grants under each of NSF’s interdisciplinary research initiatives of the past decade: Knowledge and Distributed Intelligence (KDI), Information Technology Research (ITR), and office of CyberInfrastructure programs. Ten (10) of his undergraduates have been acknowledged by Computing Research Association as part of their Annual Outstanding Undergraduate Competition, including one winner of the award and two finalists.
Regli is the recipient of a United States Under Secretary of Defense (AT&L) Award for Excellence (2016), United States State Department Fulbright Specialist Award (2010-2015), the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (1998), a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (1996-1997), a NIST Special Service Award (1996), the Drexel College of Engineering Research Achievement Award (2004), the 2005 IEEE Swarm Intelligence Symposium Best Application Paper Award, among other awards. Significant among these is the CERDEC Simulation & C2 Information Systems Connectivity Experiments (SINCE) Program, supported by Regli’s Secure Wireless Agent Testbed (SWAT), was acknowledged with the U.S. Army’s 2006 International Collaboration Award at the 25th Army Science Conference and as \Best Network Centric Warfare Program" at the 2007 Network Centric Warfare (NCW) Conference hosted by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement. Dr. Regli was named a Fellow of the IEEE (Computer Society) in 2017 for his \contributions to 3D search, design repositories and intelligent manufacturing." Dr. Regli’s research has been successfully commercialized by a number of organizations and companies. In particular, in 2003 Regli founded Drakontas, an information technology company focused on situation awareness and collaboration technologies for first responders and public protectors. As of 2016, Drakontas is actively selling its technology to public safety organizations around the globe.
In 2013 Regli founded a second company, Bellerophon Mobile, focused on knowledge-based technologies at the edge. Presently the company sells a variety of knowledge representation and reasoning tools optimized for smartphones and network-protocol speed reasoning.
Dr. Regli is a founding member of the editorial board of the journal IEEE Internet Computing; and currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Advanced Engineering Informatics (AIE) and the Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing (AI-EDAM). He organized and chaired the IEEE Symposium on Multi-Agent Security and Survivability (MAS&S 2004-2005) and has held numerous guest editorial positions, including the January 1996 issue of the \Communications of the ACM" which focused on interdisciplinary research at the intersection of computer science and manufacturing. Dr. Regli was an elected officer the Solid Modeling Association (SMA) (2003-2007), the group that has administered the annual Symposium on Solid and Physical Modeling and Applications for the ACM since 1991, and served as its Chair (2006-2007). During this time of service to his community, Regli helped to create the Bezier Award in Solid and Physical Modeling and was co-chair of the 2008 ACM Symposium on Solid and Physical Modeling and the General Chair for the 2009 ACM/SIAM Joint Conference on Solid and Geometric Modeling, having organized this conference as a long-term partnership between ACM and SIAM. He is a life member of AAAI, ACM and Sigma Xi; a Senior Member of AAAI an ACM; and a Fellow of the IEEE. Dr. Regli has authored or co-authored more than 250 technical publications, including 9 Transactions publications (3 IEEE and 6 ASME).
Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2017) for "contributions to 3D search, design repositories and intelligent manufacturing"