Mikel D. Petty is a Research Scientist for The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Center for Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis, Associate Professor of Computer Science, and Research Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management.

Prior to joining UAH, he was Chief Scientist at Old Dominion University’s Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center and Assistant Director at the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation and Training. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida in 1997.

Dr. Petty has worked in modeling and simulation research and education since 1990 in areas that include verification and validation methods, simulation interoperability and composability, human behavior modeling, and applications of theory to simulation. He has published over 175 research papers and has been awarded over $15 million in research funding. He served on a National Research Council committee on modeling and simulation, is a Certified Modeling and Simulation Professional, and is an editor of the journal SIMULATION. He has served as dissertation advisor to four graduated Ph.D. students, including the first two students to receive Ph.D.s in Modeling and Simulation at Old Dominion University and the first student to receive a Ph.D. in Modeling and Simulation at UAH.

Dr. Mikel Petty's Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Central Florida, 1997
  • M.S., Computer Science, University of Central Florida, 1988
  • B.S., Computer Science, California State University Sacramento, 1980

Classes Taught


  • M. D. Petty, J. Kim, S. Park, and S. Lee, “Quantitative Assessment of the Features and Capabilities of Software Frameworks for Model Composition”, International Journal of Modeling, Simulation, and Scientific Computing, Accepted May 2015, Publication pending.
  • G. S. Reed*, M. D. Petty, N. J. Jones, A. W. Morris, J. P. Ballenger, and H. S. Delugach, “A Principles-based Model of Ethical Considerations in Military Decision Making”, Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation: Applications, Methodology, Technology, Published online April 6 2015, DOI: 10.1177/1548512915581213.
  • Collins, A. J., Petty, M. D., Vernon-Bido, D., Sherfey, S. (2015). A Call to Arms: Standards for Agent-based Modeling and Simulation. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation (SimSoc Consortium), 18(3).
  • Reed, G. S., Petty, M. D., Jones, N. J., Morris, A. W., Ballenger, J. P., Delugach, H. S. (2015). A Principles-based Model of Ethical Considerations in Military Decision-Making. Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation (Sage). DOI: 10.1177/1548512915581213
  • Barbosa, S. E., Petty, M. D. (2015). Exploiting Spatio-Temporal Patterns Using Partial-State Reinforcement Learning in a Synthetically-Augmented Environment. Progress in Artificial Intelligence (Springer), 3(2), 17 pages.
  • Bott, M. J., Petty, M. D. (2014). Implementing a Physics-based Model of Crowd Movement using the Unreal Development Kit. Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds (Intellect), 6(3), 25 pages.
  • Petty, M. D., Barge, W. S. (2014). Emerging Modeling and Simulation Technologies Needed to Implement Cultural Familiarization Training in Virtual Environments (pp. 500-507). Vista CA: Society for Modeling and Simulation International.
  • S. E. Barbosa* and M. D. Petty, “Reinforcement Learning in an Environment Synthetically Augmented with Digital Pheromones”, Advances in Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 2014, March 2014, 23 pages, DOI: 10.1155/2014/932485.
  • M. D. Petty, J. Kim, S. E. Barbosa*, and J. Pyun, “Software Frameworks for Model Composition”, Modelling and Simulation in Engineering, Vol. 2014, February 2014, 18 pages, DOI: 10.1155/2014/492737.