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William Regli

Professor (on leave)

Computer Science

William Regli is a Professor of Computer and Information Science in the Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics. He holds departmental appointments in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics (College of Engineering); Electrical and Computer Engineering (College of Engineering); and in the College of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems. From 2007-2010 Regli was Senior Science Adviser to the National Institute of Justice's Communications Technologies Center of Excellence. He currently (2010-) serves 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.

Previously (2008-2010) Dr. Regli served as Executive Director of The AJ Drexel Applied Communications and Information Networking (ACIN) Institute, a University-wide multi-disciplinary research and business entrepreneurship initiative of Drexel University. During his tenure managing ACIN, Dr. 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 (to $2.13M year in 2010). 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.


  • PhD, Computer Science, The University of Maryland at College Park
  • MS, Computer Science, The University of Maryland at College Park
  • BS, Mathematics and Computer Science (dual major), cum laude, Saint Joseph’s University

Research/Teaching Interests

Artificial intelligence, computer graphics, engineering design and Internet computing

Select Publications

  • Intelligent Support for Product Design: Looking Backward, Looking Forward, with Alice M. Agogino, Ashok K. Goel, Caroline C. Hayes and Irem Y. Tumer. Transactions of the ASME, Journal of Computer and Information Science in Engineering “10th Anniversary Special Issue,” Volume 11, Issue 2, June 2011. pp .9.
  • A Case Study in Physics-Based Simulation of a Snake Robot, with Richard Primerano and David Wilkie. IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, Volume 8, Issue 3, July 2011. pp 664–671.10.
  • On the long-term retention of geometry-centric digital engineering artifacts, with Joseph Kopena and Michael Grauer. Journal of Computer Aided Design, Special issue from the SIAM/ACM Joint Symposium on Geometric and Physical Modeling. Volume 43, Number 7, July 2011. pp 820–837.

Grant Awards

  • 10/2011-03/2016
    Reagan W Moore (PI), Jonathan L Goodall, John A Orcutt, Arcot K Rajasekar, William C Regli “DataNet Federation Consortium,” NSF 07-601, OCI-0940841, National Science Foundation, Office of Cyber-Infrastructure. $7,999,998 (est); Drexel Portion, $500,000 (est).
  • 05/2011
    William Regli (PI), Ed Celiano, Paul Diefenbach “Virtual Reality Studio,” Government furnished equipment (GFE) donation, US Army-CERDEC, Command and Control Directorate, Ft. Monmouth, NJ. Commercial value $835,561.
  • 01/2011-12/2011
    “Overlays for Group Communications on Heterogeneous Networks—Year 1,” U.S. Naval Research Laboratories, Networks and Communication Systems, Information Technology Division, Code 5520. $250,000.
  • 01/2011-06/2011
    Robert Wray (PI), William Regli, Joseph Kopena “CODESMART,” U.S. Army, CERDEC, S&TCD, NetOps Branch, SBIR Phase I A09-150. Total program funding, $100,000 to SOAR Technologies; Drexel portion, $22,000.
  • 09/2010-03/2011
    James Sim (PI), Alan Kaplan, Ilya Braude, and William Regli “Drakontas NetViz: A Human-Centered Network Visualizer,” U.S. Army, CERDEC, S&TCD, NetOps Branch,SBIR Phase I A09-150. Total program funding, $100,000.
  • 07/2010-07/2015
    Youngmoo Kim (PI), Yury Gogotsi, William Regli, Dennis Hong (Virginia Tech), Stefan Schaal (University of Southern California) “MRI-R2: Development of Common Platform for Unifying Humanoids Research,” a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ohio State University, the University of Pennsylvania, Purdue University, University of Southern California and Virginia Tech under the National Science Foundation Major Research Infrastructure–Recovery & Reinvestment (MRI-R2) Grant CNS-0960061, $5,999,997.
  • 6/2010-6/2011.
    William Regli (PI) “Groupwise Communications to the Tactical Edge—Phase III,” Subaward under DAAB07-01-9-L504 by the United States Navy, Naval Research Laboratories, and the OSD Joint Networked Communications Capabilities Program (NCCP). $150,000. 

Awards & Recognition

  • 2010–2015 U.S. Department of State Fulbright Specialist Roster
  • 2010-2011, Czech Republic, Czech Technical University, Prague
  • 2010 467th Fastest Growing Company in the USA, Inc Magazine
  • 2009 7th Fastest Growing Company Philadelphia “100”
  • 2009 Frontiers of Engineering (invitation) National Academy of Engineering
  • 2009 Deployed Application Award Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence (IAAI/AAAI) Conference