William J. (Bud) Frawley
68 Potter Pond, Lexington, MA 02421
Phone: (781)863-8773, Fax: (435) 603-9911
E-mail: budf@Knowledge-Discovery.com

As a key contributor, project leader, and manager, Dr. Frawley has conducted and directed leading-edge applied research and development in knowledge-based systems; distributed, adaptive systems; knowledge discovery in databases; and network information agents. Among his achievements are the following:

  • Founded the discipline of Knowledge Discovery in Databases. Successfully applied these techniques to airborne radio maintenance.
  • Developed a multistrategy adaptive system for telecommunications network control.
  • Established the first industrial artificial intelligence research team. Was responsible for the Gamma and Dipmeter Advisor knowledge based systems.
  • Led the group which produced the working prototype of the tactical air mission planning system used successfully in the Gulf War.


GTE Laboratories, Waltham, MA

Project Leader, Network Information Agents 1994 to present

Established and directed a project targeting services delivered over the Internet. Provided the personalization and customization module of a soon-to-be-released news reader and filter, clustering customers based on their usage histories and presenting to them choices common to their behavioral counterparts.

Project Leader, Learning In Expert Domains 1987 to 1994

Responsible for the Integrated Learning System, a multi-agent, platform-independent adaptive telephone network controller, and for ARMS, an inductively-defined automated maintenance scheduler for airborne radios

Manager, Information Sciences Department 1983 to 1987

Established and directed a department focused on adaptive systems and distributed intelligence. Installed and maintained an adaptive system for quality control in Sylvania light bulb plants.

The MITRE Corporation, Bedford, MA 1981 to 1983

Staff Scientist and Group Leader, Knowledge Based Systems

Directed work on Knobs, a resource allocation and natural language system for tactical air mission planning, which was the research prototype for the system used in the Gulf War.

Schlumberger-Doll Research Center, Ridgefield, CT

Group Leader, Computational Intelligence 1977 to 1981

Established the first industrial artificial intelligence research team and was responsible for Gamma, a knowledge based system for the interpretation of gamma ray spectra, and the Dipmeter Advisor, an expert system for subsurface geological interpretation.

Manager, Informatics Department and Mathematics Department, and MTS

John Carroll University, Instructor of Mathematics

NASA Lewis Research Center, Aeronautical Engineer


He is a member of the American Mathematical Society, IEEE, Sigma Xi, and AAAI, has been an NSF Research Fellow and a NASA Fellow, and holds two patents. He served as co-chair of the first international workshop on knowledge discovery in databases (IJCAI, 1989), was an organizer of subsequent knowledge discovery workshops at national conferences, and was a co-author of the paper selected as Best Paper at the 1990 European AI conference. In 1992 he lectured at four universities in Brazil, sponsored by the Council for the Development of Science and Technology of Brazil. At GTE, he received that company's highest award for technical achievement, the Leslie H. Warner Award For Research, in 1992 for work on an adaptive telecommunications network controller, and in 1993 received a Superior Performance award for the development of an automated maintenance scheduler for airborne radios.


B.S, M.S. - Physics, John Carroll University. Theses: Ultrasonic Absorption in Fluids and The Fundamentals of Digital Computers. Advisor: E. F. Carome.

Ph. D. - Mathematics, University of Oklahoma. Thesis: Locally Disconjugate Families of Continuous Functions. Advisor: W. T. Reid.


Expert in Lisp/CLOS, proficient in Java.