Jill Crisman
Jill Crisman
Vice President and Executive Director, Digital Intelligence Safety Research Institute

Dr. Jill Crisman is vice president and executive director of the Digital Intelligence Safety Research Institute (DISRI) at UL Research Institutes. With more than 30 years of professional experience in artificial intelligence (AI) research and development, Crisman throughout her career has delivered practical, user-centered solutions to difficult challenges using state-of-the-art AI technologies.

Before joining UL Research Institutes, Crisman was the principal director for AI and machine learning (ML) in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, where she was responsible for developing the department’s AI/ML research and development road map and coordinating its plans for achieving an overwhelming competitive advantage in national defense. She had previously served as chief scientist for the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), helping to grow the organization significantly. 

Earlier in her career, Crisman served as chief scientist at Next Century Corp.; as senior program manager for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) where she led successful multidisciplinary research programs; and as a senior research scientist at Science Applications International Corp., where she received the organization’s Technical Excellence Award.  

She was a founding faculty member of the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts and was a tenured professor and the director of the Robotics and Vision Systems Laboratory at Northeastern University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Crisman earned her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania where, for her thesis, she created some of the first computer vision perception algorithms for self-driving cars.