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Dr. Yiannis Papelis

Dr. Yiannis Papelis

Research Professor
Virtual Environments Lead


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Dr. Yiannis Papelis is a Research Professor at Old Dominion University's Virginia Modeling Analysis & Simulation Center (VMASC). Before joining ODU, Dr. Papelis spent a year as visiting faculty at UCF, during which time he got involved in the DUC project. Before UCF, Dr. Papelis was the Chief Technical Officer at the National Advanced Driving Simulator at the Univ. of Iowa, where he conducted traffic safety research and worked extensively on agent based modeling of traffic, virtual environment modeling 3D visualization, and operator-in-the-loop simulator. Dr. Papelis has led numerous research projects related to transportation safety using human-in-the-loop simulation, and has been active in various national and international committees. Yiannis Papelis earned a BSEE (with honors) from Southern Illinois University in 1988, a MSEE from Purdue University in 1989 and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1993. He has been involved in research on immersive virtual environments used primarily in ground vehicle simulations. Dr. Papelis is currently conducting research on autonomous agent modeling issues as applied to a wide range of topics, including simulation of critical infrastructure components, realistic simulation of crowds and control of autonomous ground and aerial vehicles.


Research Areas of Expertise

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Semi-Autonomous Agents
  • Virtual Environments and Immersive Games



  • Ph.D., Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Iowa - 1993

  • M.S., Electrical & Computer engineering, Purdue University - 1989

  • B.S., Electrical Engineering (honors), Computer Science minor, Southern Illinois University - 1988


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

2009 - Simulation: Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International
2009 - Journal of Computing in Higher Education
2009 - Journal of Accident Analysis & Prevention
2009 - Advances in Engineering Software
2002 - Transportation Research Board, various sub-committees

Professional Affiliations
2004-2005 Member, Transportation Research Board (TRB) Visualization in Transportation Task Force (ABJ95T).
2005- Member, Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Visualization in Transportation (ABJ95).
2003-2007 Member, TRB Simulation & Measurement of Vehicle & Operator Performance Committee AND30.
1999 - Member, IEEE.

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