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Dr. Andrew Collins

Dr. Andrew Collins

Research Assistant Professor


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Dr. Andrew Collins has spent the last 10 years, while conducting his Ph.D. and as 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 and an philosophical investigation into the use of visualization rhetoric in simulations.

Dr. Collins is currently working on shortest-path algorithms for transportation networks with driver-error. Dr. Collins is the principle investigator on a federal M&S standards governance project. Other recent research areas include entrepreneurship modeling and bio-terrorism. Mr. Collins is a member of the Hampton Roads Human Modeling Group.


Research Areas of Expertise

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



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


Professional Memberships

  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS); 2006 – present
  • Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), UK; 2001 – present
  • Operational Research Society, UK; 2000 – present


Honors and Awards

  • Master of Arts, University of Oxford, UK, October 2004

  • Governor's Technology Award for 2011 in the category of “Cross-Boundary Collaboration in Modeling & Simulation” for the study “Strategic Default in the Context of a Social Network: An Epidemiological Approach.” Michael J. Seiler, Andrew J. Collins, and Nina H. Fefferman. Award presented at the 2011 Commonwealth of Virginia's Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS), Richmond, VA, September 26, 2011

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