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Dr. Andrew Collins

Dr. Andrew Collins

Research Assistant Professor


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Dr. Collins is focused on the development and application of Agent-based Modeling and Simulation (ABMS). Many of the problems faced by the world today are Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) and ABMS provides a means to analyze them. The black-box nature of ABMS makes it difficult for it to be accepted by both the academic and general population. Thus Dr. Collins believes there is much to be done to ensure that ABMS become a main-stream activity. This research challenge can be tackled by developing, improving, promoting and applying technical tools which enable the practical use of ABMS in a robust way to help understanding of real-world problems and systems.

Dr. Collins has spent the last 15 years, including a time being an analyst for the UK’s Ministry of Defence, applying analytical techniques to variety of practical operations research problems. These projects include an award-winning investigation into the foreclosure contagion effect using social networks, Modeling and Simulation Standards, traffic incident modeling in evacuations, and modeling competition to airline pricing.

Currently Dr. Collins is developing ABMS tools for crowd evacuation modeling, adapting simulated annealing for medical school scheduling applications, game theory analysis of the impacts of Vehicle-to-Vehicle communication on tolling, and studying non-steady state behavior in ABMS. Dr. Collins can be found at the academic social media site Researchgate.


Research Areas of Expertise

  • Agent-based Modeling and Simulation
  • Game Theory
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Visual Rhetoric in Modeling and Simulation (M&S)



  • Ph.D., Operations Research, University of Southampton, UK, 2009
  • MS, Operational Research, University of Southampton, UK, 2002
  • BA, Mathematical Sciences, University of Oxford, UK, 2000


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