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Drexel College of Computing & Informatics Professor William Regli Appointed to DARPA Defense Sciences Office

August 26, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (August 26, 2014)—William Regli, PhD, professor and senior associate dean for research in Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics, has been appointed through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) as deputy director of the Defense Sciences Office (DSO) within the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) beginning September 2014.

The DSO identifies and pursues high-risk, high-payoff fundamental research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines—sometimes reshaping existing fields or creating entirely new disciplines—and transforms these initiatives into radically new, game-changing technologies for U.S. national security.

In his role as deputy director, Regli will lead the development of new program areas and will support technology transitions for existing projects and DARPA’s program managers in areas such as mathematics, materials science and engineering, physics, robotics and advanced manufacturing.

“As a computer scientist, I am particularly interested in further enabling the use of information technologies to accelerate innovation and scientific discovery in a wide variety of disciplines,” Regli said.

As a member of Drexel University’s faculty since 1997, Regli has held 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.

Regli is also the founder and former science director of Drexel’s Applied Informatics Group (AIG). Since 2011, AIG has bridged the gap between basic research and real-world applications, providing Drexel researchers a world-class advantage in transitioning their leading-edge research to industry and government stakeholders.

He has published over 250 technical articles, including those in leading venues for research in computer graphics, artificial intelligence, wireless networking, tissue engineering, and engineering design and manufacturing. His research spawned two start-up technology companies (on mobile communications for public safety and on information management in edge networks, respectively), resulting in five U.S. patents.

Regli's most recent research activities have focused on creating cyber-infrastructure systems to capture and curate engineering and science data, and ensure the long-term sustainability of data. His research has resulted in the development of computational tools to exploit the properties of advanced materials and additive manufacturing systems and to enable new paradigms for design and production. For these accomplishments, he is an elected senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), IEEE and Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

His federal service includes a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and an ongoing role as scientific adviser to the Defense Programs Office of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DoE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in the areas of information technology and advanced manufacturing. He earned a doctorate in computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park and bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Saint Joseph's University.