Professor James A. Reggia
James A. Reggia, M.D.,
is Professor at
Department of Computer Science and at
Institute for Advanced Computer Studies with a joint appointment
Department of Neurology, all at the University of Maryland.
Jim’s research group focuses on studying and understanding 1) the underlying principles of biological computation, and how these principles can be adopted or modified to extend contemporary computer science methods, and 2) automated causal reasoning, such as abductive inference and Bayesian/belief networks.
Several properties of biologically-inspired computing separate it from more traditional computer science, giving hope that new robust and adaptive software methods can be developed. Examples of this type of computing include neural computation, evolutionary computation, artificial life, self-replicating machines, artificial immune systems, ant colony optimization, L-systems, artificial societies, and swarm intelligence. His group has worked and/or is working in the following areas:
- neural computation
- multi-agent artificial life systems
- evolutionary computation
- cellular automata models of self-replication
- knowledge acquisition
- abductive reasoning
- Bayesian classification and networks
- parsimonious covering theory
He earned his M.D. at the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1975 and his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland in 1981.