Dr. Mikel Petty

Associate Professor, Computer Science Senior Scientist,
Modeling & Simulation,
ITSC

Contact

320 Sparkman Drive
Olin B. King Technology Hall
Room N353
Huntsville, AL 35899
Campus Map

256.824.6140
mpetty@cs.uah.edu

Biography

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.

Curriculum Vitae


Education

  • 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

Honors & Awards

  • Editor-in-Chief's Recommended Computer Science Papers list, Heliyon journal (Elsevier), for "A Multi-Resolution HEALPix Data Structure for Spherically Mapped Point Data", 2018.
  • Leidos Technical Publication Competition Award, Refereed Journal Papers - Computer and Information Science category, for "Automated Search-Based Robustness Testing for Autonomous Vehicle Software", 2017.
  • Simulation Education Award for "Outstanding Educational Action in Modeling & Simulation", American Indian Higher Education Consortium, 2014.
  • IEEE Standards Association Standard Development Award for the development and approval of IEEE Standard 1730.1TM-2013.
  • Nominated for ODU Batten College of Engineering and Technology, "Excellence in Research" Award, 2004.
  • IEEE Standards Association Working Group Chair Award, 2001.
  • University of Central Florida Institute for Simulation and Training Distinguished Researcher Award, 1993.

Expertise

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computational Complexity
  • Discrete Mathematics

Recent Publications

  • J. A. Bland, M. D. Petty, T. S. Whitaker, K. P. Maxwell, and W. A. Cantrell, "Machine Learning Cyberattack and Defense Strategies", Computers & Security, Volume 92, May 2020,doi:10.1016/j.cose.2020.101738.

  • J27] D. A. O'Neil and M. D. Petty, "Heuristic Methods for Synthesizing Realistic Social Networks Based on Personality Compatibility", Applied Network Science, Vol. 4, No. 19, April 2019,doi:10.1007/s41109-019-0117-4.

  • J26] W. A. Cantrell, M. D. Petty, S. L. Knight, and W. K. Schueler, "Physics-Based Modeling of Crowd Evacuation in the Unity Game Engine", International Journal of Modeling, Simulation, and Scientific Computing, Vol. 9, Iss. 4, August 2018, doi:10.1142/S1793962318500290.

  • [J25] R. W. Youngren and M. D. Petty, "A Multi-Resolution HEALPix Data Structure for Spherically Mapped Point Data", Heliyon, Vol. 3, Iss. 6, June 2017, doi:10.1016/j.heliyon.2017.e00332.

  • [J24] K. M. Betts and M. D. Petty, "Automated Search-Based Robustness Testing for Autonomous Vehicle Software", Modelling and Simulation in Engineering, Vol. 2016, August 2016, 15 pages,doi:10.1155/2016/5309348.

  • M. D. Petty, S. E. Barbosa, and J. R. Hutt, "Using a mock simulation event and Monte Carlo simulation to compare alternative network architectures for distributed training simulation", Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation: Applications, Methodology, and Technology, Vol. 13, No. 3, July 2016, pp. 307-320,doi:10.1177/1548512916641526.

  • [J22] 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, and Technology, Vol. 13, No. 2, April 2016, pp. 195-211,doi:10.1177/1548512915581213.

  • [J21] M. D. Petty, J. Kim, S. Park, and S. Lee, "A Methodology for Quantitative Assessment of the Features and Capabilities of Software Frameworks for Model Composition", International Journal of Modeling, Simulation, and Scientific Computing, Vol. 7, No. 1, March 2016, 21 pages, doi:10.1142/S1793962315410020.

  • [J20] M. D. Petty and S. E. Barbosa, "Improving Air Combat Maneuvering Skills Through Self-Study and Simulation-Based Practice", Simulation & Gaming: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 47, No. 1, February 2016,pp. 103-129, doi:10.1177/1046878116628236.

  • [J19] A. J. Collins, M. D. Petty, D. Vernon-Bido, and S. Sherfey, "A Call to Arms: Standards for Agent-based Modeling and Simulation", Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Vol. 18, Iss. 3, June 2015, doi:10.18564/jasss.2838.