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Space and Facilities

Undergraduate Projects & Research Laboratory

The Undergraduate Projects and Research Laboratory, is mainly used for facilitating modeling and simulation projects-based instruction in both lower and upper division undergraduate levels. This also involves courses in the major with a significant laboratory component. The Laboratory can accommodate 24 students with laptop computers and provide 5 workstations for undergraduate labs and research. Each workstation contains a high performance computer and collaboration spaces. The lab also contains a Polycom Teleconference system to support distance learning. The lab is equipped with 3 digital projectors to support teaching.

Medical Simulations Laboratory

The Medical Simulations Laboratory is mainly used to support teaching and research activities related to medical simulations for planning, training, education, analysis and visualization. It contains 15 high performance PC workstations, 4 haptic devices, three 3D scanners, two 3D printers, 4 reach-in displays, 3 LCD TVs, 3 game consoles from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. The laboratory is also equipped with a large selection of software such as Autodesk Maya, Google SketchUp, Microsoft XNA Game Studio, Unity Game Engine, and ArcGIS.

Applied M&S Research Laboratory

The Applied M&S Research Laboratory is the third laboratory area. This graduate research laboratory contains PC workstations and spaces for 10 graduate students and also supports faculty/VMASC collaborative research activities. Several research topics are conducted in this laboratory including high performance computing, cyber security, simulation architectures, transportation systems, military M&S, digital manufacturing, and enterprise decision support. Visualization of these is also a significant part of these areas.

Collaborative Autonomous Systems Laboratory

The Collaborative Autonomous Systems Laboratory supports instructional and multidisciplinary research activities related to autonomous systems. This forth laboratory area is shared with the mechanical and aerospace department. MSVE maintains 4 PC workstations and 10 various types of robotic systems. The lab contains an area dedicated to cyber security research as related to collaborative autonomous systems.

The CAVE (Cave Automated Virtual Environment)

The CAVE (Cave Automated Virtual Environment) Virtual Reality laboratory area contains several 3D visualization systems. The CAVE is a high-resolution projection-screen virtual reality system. The screens are arranged in a 10 foot cube with computer-generated images projected on three walls and a floor. The CAVE lab also contains a 3 meter Vision Dome projection system and an Immersa-Desk virtual reality display. Two 3D printers are also placed in the CAVE Lab.

Advanced Engineering Environments (AEE) Laboratory

The Advanced Engineering Environments (AEE) laboratory serves as a focal point for the diverse research activities pertaining to Collaborative distributed Engineering Knowledge discovery and exploitation, intelligent synthesis, and advanced learning technologies, and their application to complex engineering systems. These activities include the synergistic coupling of modeling, visual simulations, intelligent agents, multimedia and synthetic environments, human-computer interactions, computational intelligence, computational, information and collaboration technologies in the multidisciplinary analysis, sensitivity studies, optimization, design and operation of complex engineering systems. The laboratory is located at the Old Dominion University Peninsula Higher Education Center in Hampton, Virginia and contains about 12 computing workstations and a variety of 3D display and projection equipment. The facility is supported by BCET in equipment and maintenance.

Faculty Research

Research Areas at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center

Research Highlights from VMASC


Name Research Interests

Rick McKenzie, PhD
Professor and Chair


Medical modeling and simulation, human behavior representation, and simulation architectures often focusing on aspects of scientific visualization and virtual reality.
Yuzhong Shen, PhD
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director
Game-based learning; visualization and computer graphics; modeling and simulation; and, signal and image processing.

Jim Leathrum, PhD
Associate Professor and Chief Departmental Advisor

Parallel and distributed simulation, hardware and software simulation architectures, and applications of discrete event simulation to multi-modal transportation systems.
Michel Audette, PhD
Assistant Professor
Medical applications in M&S including imaging and surgery.
Bharat Madan, PhD
Network and cyber security applications.

Roland Mielke, PhD
University Professor

Systems theory, mathematical modeling, modeling and simulation education, application of continuous simulation in electrical engineering, and applications of discrete event simulation in transportation and enterprise decision support.
Ahmed Noor, PhD
Eminent Scholar and William E. Lobeck Professor
Computational mechanics, multi-scale modeling and simulation, interactive visual simulation, and advanced simulation-based learning environments.

John Sokolowski, PhD
Associate Professor and Executive Director of VMASC


Human behavior modeling; decision system modeling; multiagent system simulation; and, modeling and simulation representation of social systems
Masha Sosonkina, PhD
Physical based modeling and high performance computing and simulation.

Faculty with Joint Appointment

Name Research Interests

N. Rao Chaganty, PhD
Joint Appointed Professor with Mathematics

Large deviations, generalized linear models, estimating equations

Adjunct Faculty

Name Research Interests

Catherine M. Berry, PhD


International studies; modeling of social networks

Andrew J. Collins, PhD


Multi-agent simulation, multivariate statistics, scheduling, Markov processes, and mathematical modeling
C. Donald Combs, PhD Medical modeling and simulation, gaming applied to health professions education, geospatial health research and health professions education

Saikou Diallo, PhD


Interoperability of simulations; composability of models.
Rafael Diaz, PhD Operations research, operations management, production and healthcare and public health systems, dependence modeling for stochastic simulation, and simulation-based optimization methods
Barry Ezell, PhD All-hazards Risk and Decision Analysis; Operations Research Systems Analysis; Probabilistic Risk Assessment; Capabilities-Based Assessment; Group Facilitation; Insurgency and Terrorism M&S
Johnny Garcia, PhD Combat Modeling
Jose Padilla, PhD Human, social, cultural, and behavior modeling; epistemology of modeling and simulation; systems engineering and engineering management.
Yiannnis Papelis, PhD Robotics and autonomous systems; semi-autonomous agents; virtual environments and immersive games; and, discrete event and continuous simulations.
Krzysztof Rechowicz, PhD Medical applications in modeling and simulation.
Mike Robinson, PhD Transportation modeling; evacuation modeling; and, decision making.
Andreas Tolk, PhD Model-based systems engineering, which includes research on modeling and simulation interoperability challenges, in particular in the context of complex systems and system of systems.
Eric Weisel, PhD Operations research; applied statistics, including design of experiments; advanced mathematics; modeling and simulation; and, nuclear engineering.
Xunlei Wu, PhD Applications of modeling, simulation and visualization to medicine and health care.