UAH and CMSA host 2015 AlaSim International Conference May 11, 2015 On May 6 and 7, 2015, the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the Center for Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis hosted the 2015 AlaSim International Conference & Exposition. The conference featured a keynote presentation by Rear Admiral James Robb, USN Retired, entitled "Modeling and Simulation Initiatives at the National Training and Simulation Association." Plenary speaker Dr. Dietmar Müller of the Clausthal University of Technology in Germany spoke in several sessions on modeling and simulation in engineering, industry, and medicine. Researchers, scholars, and industry experts presented more than thirty papers on military, industrial, and academic aspects of modeling and simulation as well as gave tutorials in modeling and simulation techniques and methods, and participated in workshops and panel discussions. Exhibitors from a number of leading companies showcased their simulation products and services. In addition to hosting the conference, several of CMSA's researchers provided content. CMSA Center Director Dr. Mikel D. Petty presented two tutorials, entitled "Defense-Related Applications of Discrete Event Simulation" and "Model Verification and Validation Methods." Mr. William V. Tucker presented two papers, "Establishing Requirements for Virtual Environments" and "Non-Player Characters: How Good is Good enough?". AlaSim International was sponsored by the University of Alabama in Huntsville, AEGIS Technologies, Boeing, and Dynetics, and organized by the Alabama Modeling and Simulation Council. Two UAH Modeling & Simulation Students Selected for Prestigious Scholarship July 25, 2014 On July 25, 2014 it was announced that two UAH Modeling & Simulation Ph.D. students, Mitchell J. Bott and Daniel A. O’Neil, had each been selected to receive a $10,000 scholarship to support their Ph.D. studies. The RADM Fred Lewis Postgraduate I/ITSEC Scholarship has been awarded annually since 1989 by the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA) to graduate students in disciplines related to Modeling & Simulation. NTSA organizes the annual Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), which is by far the largest conference of the year in M&S; last year's conference had 14,000 people in attendance. The I/ITSEC scholarship is highly prestigious and sought after in the Defense M&S community. The awardees are selected from among the applicants each year by a panel of Modeling & Simulation experts and leaders assembled by NTSA and receive their awards in a ceremony at the conference. Normally the annual awards go to one M.S. and one Ph.D. student, although there have been two awards at the same level in the same year previously. However, only once before in the scholarship’s 26 year history have both awards in a single year gone to students at the same university. Previous years' awards have gone to students from Old Dominion University, the University of Central Florida, Texas A&M University, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Southern California, and Iowa State University.Both of the UAH awardees are nearing the end of their graduate coursework and preparing to begin their dissertation research. Mitchell Bott is employed by Northrup Grumman and Daniel O’Neil by NASA. Both are advised by Dr. Mikel D. Petty, program coordinator for UAH’s Modeling & Simulation degree program. Bott O'Neil UAH team honored for technical achievement in Simulation Exploration Experience April 15, 2014On April 15 2014 a team of UAHComputer Science and Modeling and Simulation students won a technical achievement award in the international “Simulation Exploration Experience” event. In this annual NASA-organized event, teams of students from universities around the world develop sophisticated computer simulations that interoperate, or work together, in real-time to simulate a lunar exploration scenario. Each of the interoperating simulations models a part of the lunar scenario, such as a transport spacecraft, a communications satellite, or a lunar mass driver. The simulations exchange information about their activities at run time via a computer network using the IEEE-standard High Level Architecture (HLA) simulation interoperability protocol to form a single integrated scenario. In addition to UAH, this year's event included teams from the Pennsylvania State University, University of Nebraska Omaha, University of Genoa (Italy), University of Calabria (Italy), University of Bordeaux (France), the Munich University of Applied Sciences (Germany), and Brunel University (UK). The teams demonstrated their simulation live in front of an audience at the 2014 Spring Simulation Multi-Conference in Tampa FL. The UAH team consisted of seven students from the CS 582 Modeling and Simulation II course, taught by Dr. Mikel Petty. The UAH team won the award for “Excellence in Technology Application and Engineering Design” recognizing their excellent use of the HLA interoperability protocol. This is the third consecutive year the UAH team has won this award. AEgis Technologies supports UAH students participation in 2014 Simulation Exploration Experience March 14, 2014 AEgis Technologies, a leading modeling and simulation company in Huntsville, has generously provided financial support to enable UAH students to travel to the 2014 Simulation Exploration Experience (SEE) in Tampa Florida in April. The SEE is an annual event, organized with NASA support, wherein teams of university students develop simulation models for a lunar exploration scenario and link them using the High Level Architecture distributed simulation interoperability protocol standard. The 2014 UAH team consists of Computer Science and Modeling & Simulation graduate students enrolled in the university’s distributed simulation course, which is taught by CMSA Center Director Dr. Mikel D. Petty. Barbosa completes Ph.D. in Computer Science March 6, 2014 UAH student and CMSA Research Scientist Salvador E. Barbosa successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, thereby earning a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from UAH. Dr. Barbosa’s dissertation was titled “Exploiting Spatio-Temporal Patterns for Event Response Using Reinforcement Learning in a Synthetically-Augmented Environment”. In his research he developed a method using reinforcement learning and digital pheromones to detect patterns in time sequences of adverse events, such as crimes. He applied his method to historical sequences of Somali pirate attacks and Denver business robberies. In both applications his learning method outperformed a domain-specific method used for comparison. His dissertation committee included Dr. Pete Slater, Dr. Ramazan Aygun, Dr. Huaming Zhang, and Dr. Sampson Gholston. His dissertation advisor was CMSA’s Center Director Dr. Mikel D. Petty. CMSA Center Director wins “Best Tutorial” award at I/ITSEC 2013 December 2, 2013 CMSA Center Director Dr. Mikel D. Petty’s tutorial “Model Verification and Validation Methods” was selected by the organizers of the 2013 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) as this year’s “Best Tutorial”. I/ITSEC is the largest conference of the year in modeling and simulation; over 16,000 people attended the 2012 conference. Approximately 40 tutorials were submitted in 2013 and 21 were accepted for presentation. Dr. Petty has delivered versions of this tutorial at I/ITSEC for four consecutive years and was previously nominated for the “Best Tutorial” award in 2012. The tutorial can be found on the Downloads page. Reed becomes first Ph.D. graduate of UAH Modeling and Simulation Degree program October 21, 2013UAH student and CMSA Research Engineer Gregory S. Reed successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, thereby becoming the first person to earn a Ph.D. degree in Modeling and Simulation in UAH’s M&S degree program. Three previous graduates of the program all completed M.S. degrees.Dr. Reed’s dissertation was titled “A Quantitative Model of Relative Ethical Violation for Use in Military Decision-Making”. In his research he developed a quantitative model of the relative ethical violation of different courses of action. The model considers four basic principles of ethical behavior and evaluates the degree to which a given action violates those principles. He validated the model by comparing its assessments on six military scenarios with strong ethical elements with the assessments of human experts in the military and humanities domains on the same scenarios.His dissertation committee included Dr. J. P. Ballenger, Dr. Harry Delugach, Dr. Nicholaos Jones, and Dr. Anthony Morris. His dissertation advisor was CMSA’s Center Director Dr. Mikel D. Petty. Muratet becomes third graduate of UAH Modeling and Simulation Degree program October 8, 2013 UAH student Sean P. Muratet recently completed all of the requirements for an M.S. degree in Modeling and Simulation to become the third graduate of the university’s M&S degree program. The two earlier graduates of the program, both also earning M.S. degrees in Modeling and Simulation, were Retonya L. Dunning and Frederick M. Segrest, both of whom completed their degrees in 2012. The program currently has approximately 30 active students working on M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.Mr. Muratet is employed by AAI Corporation and describes his work in this way: “[AAI] makes unmanned aerial vehicles and ground control stations. My particular area is software and hardware integration for the ground control stations and the Army Gray Eagle aircraft. We get both systems ready for certification testing for each new baseline configuration, as well as supporting other systems which interact with the ground control station and aircraft during testing. We have a production aircraft we use for hardware-in-the-loop simulations, as well as software which simulates the aircraft. We run simulations every day, mainly for testing purposes. I'm also working on integrating a training simulation capability into a new ground control station which will be fielded sometime in the near future.” CMSA to conduct study on emerging modeling and simulation technologies September 19, 2013 CMSA was recently awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of to conduct a year-long independent study on “Exploiting Emerging M&S Technologies to Increase Training Effectiveness”. The study’s goal is to determine the technical feasibility and programmatic practicality of increasing training effectiveness and reducing training costs within the Department of Defense by exploiting and leveraging emerging modeling and simulation and artificial intelligence technologies to reduce the number of human non-trainee role-players required to conduct training exercises by replacing them with artificial surrogates. The project’s Principal Investigator is CMSA Center Director Dr. Mikel D. Petty. CMSA Center Director contributes to new IEEE standard August 23, 2013 A new standard for distributed simulation developed by a group working under the auspices of the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization was formally approved by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Standards Association Standards Board on August 23 2013.The standard, titled “Recommended Practice for Distributed Simulation Engineering and Execution Process Multi-Architecture Overlay” and designated IEEE 1730.1TM, is an overlay, or supplement, to a prior IEEE standard “Distributed Simulation Engineering and Execution Process”, IEEE 1730TM. The previous standard (1730) lays out a comprehensive and general systems engineering process for developing and using distributed simulation systems. The new standard (1730.1) adds information specific to developing and using distributed simulation systems that combine more than one distribution simulation architecture and protocol, such as DIS, HLA, and TENA. It identifies the special technical issues associated with multi-architecture simulation environments and provides technical guidance to effectively address those issues. IEEE 1730.1TM is expected to be published and available by the end of 2013.CMSA Center Director Dr. Mikel D. Petty served as Drafting Group Editor for the Product Development Group that developed the standard, consolidating the contributions of several distributed simulation experts in the group and integrating them into the standard. He also wrote initial versions of several sections of the standard himself.This news item includes information from the web site of the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization, www.sisostds.org. Reed Recognized In Huntsville Times as a Pacesetter Sunday, April 5, 2009 Mr. Gregory S. Reed, Research Associate at the University of Alabama in Huntsville's Center for Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis, was awarded a contract by Exploration Physics International, Inc. (EXPI). Reed will perform software engineering tasks for EXPI's solar wind model, including programming language porting, module integration, and high performance computing conversion. Petty Recognized In Huntsville Times as a Pacesetter Sunday, February 8, 2009 Dr. Mikel D. Petty was recognized today in the Huntsville Times Pacesetters Section, which gave the following story: "Dr. Mikel D. Petty, director of the University of Alabama in Huntsville's Center for Modeling, Simulation and Analysis, was an invited speaker at the recent 2009 Modeling and Simulation Leadership Summit, an event attended by several members of Congress. He described modeling and simulation activities at the member organizations of the Alabama Modeling and Simulation Council." Benfield Recognized In Huntsville Times as a Pacesetter Sunday, February 1, 2009 Dr. Michael P.J. Benfield was recognized today in the Huntsville Times Pacesetters Section, which gave the following story: "Dr. Michael P.J. Benfield, deputy director of the University of Alabama in Huntsville's Center for Modeling, Simulation and Analysis, has been awarded a grant from Marshall Space Flight Center to lead an integrated project team course. Teams of engineering students will develop methods of using the Ares V spacecraft to service a large space telescope." Bradley joins CMSA as Research Associate Wednesday, January 24, 2007 Ms. Stacy L. Bradley has joined CMSA as a Research Associate. She received a M.A. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2006. Before coming to CMSA, Ms. Bradley was a Research Assistant at the Cognitive Aging Laboratory at UAH. Her research interests include cognitive performance, speed of processing, and ergonomics. Nielsen joins CMSA as Research Associate Wednesday, January 24, 2007 Mr. Daniel W. Nielsen has joined CMSA as a Research Associate. He received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2003. Before coming to CMSA, Mr. Nielsen was a Software Engineer at XonTech. His research interests include data conditioning, software-hardware design, and visualization. Turner joins CMSA as Research Engineer Monday, January 1, 2007 Dr. Matthew W. Turner has joined CMSA as a Research Engineer. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2007. Before coming to CMSA, Dr. Turner was a Graduate Research Assistant at the UAH Propulsion Research Center. His research interests include magnetohydrodynamic modeling, computational fluid dynamics, spacecraft propulsion system modeling, and spacecraft conceptual design. Fortune joins CMSA as Research Engineer Thursday, November 2, 2006 Dr. Julie L. Fortune has joined CMSA as a Research Engineer. She received a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2005. Before coming to CMSA, Dr. Fortune was an Engineering Consultant at Quality System Management, Inc. Her research interests include systems engineering, quality engineering, and statistical analysis. Openers with great implications Thursday, September 7, 2006 Atlanta Journal-Constitution has made mention of one of the center's projects: Wes Colley, one of six men whose formula is used in the BCS, gives the Week 1 showdowns that could have the biggest bearing on the computer standings. Read more at ajc.com... More information about this project can also be found at the BCS Rankings project homepage. Bolshinskiy joins CMSA as Senior Research Scientist Wednesday, August 30, 2006 Dr. Leonid G. Bolshinskiy has joined CMSA as a Senior Research Scientist. He received a Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics from Donetsk Galkin Institute in 1986. His research interests include cryogenic fluid systems and modeling. UAH Research Review: New center busy at work supporting U.S. space program Thursday, July 20, 2006 A newly established UAH research center is already conducting work in support of America's space program. The Center for Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis (CMSA) is developing new modeling methods, applications of simulation techniques in novel and specialized circumstances as well as simulation verification and validation. These advances have been put to work at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center immediately, according to center director Dr. Mikel Petty. Read more at UAH Research Review, page 20... Little joins CMSA as Principle Research Engineer Thursday, June 22, 2006 Dr. Jeffery K. Little has joined CMSA as a Principle Research Engineer. He received a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1996. Before coming to CMSA, Dr. Little was Chief Technologist at Jacobs Engineering, Science, and Technical Services Group at NASA MSFC. His research interests include Aerospace modeling, and parallel computation. Reed joins CMSA as Research Associate Monday, May 8, 2006 Mr. Gregory S. Reed has joined CMSA as a Research Associate. He received a B.S.E in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2006. Before coming to CMSA, Mr. Reed was a Test Design Co-op Engineer at ADTRAN. His research interests include human behavior modeling, experimental economics, and technical intelligence. Benfield joins CMSA as Senior Research Engineer and Deputy Center Director Monday, September 12, 2005 Dr. Michael P.J. Benfield has joined CMSA as a Senior Research Engineer, Deputy Center Director, and Assistant Research Professor. He received a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2005. Before coming to CMSA, Dr. Benfield was a Systems Engineer at SAIC. His research interests include systems engineering, technical team performance, and system-level rocket propulsion modeling. UAH Alumni News: UAH adds modeling, simulation focus; creates new center and hires director Tuesday, August 9, 2005 Rapid growth of the modeling and simulation industry has resulted in the creation of a new research center at The University of Alabama in Huntsville and the recruitment of a new scientist. Dr. Mikel Petty, former chief scientist at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center at Old Dominion University, has joined UAH to lead the university's efforts at supporting the modeling and simulation industry in Alabama, university officials announced today. Read more at UAH Alumni News... Colley joins CMSA as Senior Research Scientist Wednesday, July 27, 2005 Dr. Wesley N. Colley has joined CMSA as a Senior Research Scientist. He received a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Princeton University in 1998. Before coming to CMSA, Dr. Colley was a Senior Research Scientist at the Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center. His research interests include physics-based modeling, model verification and validation, agent-based modeling, and astrophysical research. Petty joins CMSA as Director Monday, June 6, 2005 Dr. Mikel D. Petty has joined CMSA as Director. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida in 1997. Before coming to CMSA, Dr. Petty was Chief Scientist at Old Dominion University's Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center. His research interests include simulation interoperability and composability, multi-resolution simulation, human behavior modeling, modeling and simulation education, and applications of theory to simulation.