Dr. William Regli
Professor of Computer & Information Science
Drexel University

"Engineering Informatics: Transforming Design and Manufacturing"

Friday, January 29, 4:00 PM
Packard Lab room 416

Abstract:   A revolution is underway across a diverse set of disciplines (materials science, robotics, and manufacturing) being brought about by the increasing interchangeability of information and matter. While computing power and access to data have grown exponentially, traditional approaches and tools for design and manufacturing are based on methodologies going back (literally) centuries. We will discuss the need (and opportunities) for a paradigm shift in design and manufacturing as the result of the relentless progress of computing and growth in data. In describing this emerging frontier, I will present several of my own research activities and results as a means of highlighting specific aspects of the transformation of design and manufacturing into information-centric disciplines. I will conclude the talk with some speculations on emerging research opportunities at the intersection of computer science and engineering.

Bio:   Dr. William Regli is the Deputy Director of the Defense Sciences Office at DARPA and a Professor of Computer and Information Science at Drexel University. Prior to joining DARPA in September 2014, he was Senior Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Activities for the Drexel College of Computing and Informatics and 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.

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.

Dr. Regli has published more than 250 technical articles, including those in leading venues for research in computer graphics, artificial intelligence, robotics, wireless networking, tissue engineering, and engineering design and manufacturing. 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 U.S. Patents.

Dr. Regli holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland at College Park and Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Saint Joseph's University. Dr. Regli's federal service includes a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is an elected senior member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

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