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Dr. John Sokolowski

Dr. John Sokolowski

VMASC Executive Director
Research Associate Professor
Social Sciences Lead


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Dr. John Sokolowski is the Executive Director of the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center and Associate Professor of Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization Engineering, both at Old Dominion University. He has been with the Center since 2001 and previously served as its Director of Research. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University, a Master of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University (ODU), and a Ph.D. in Engineering with a Concentration in Modeling and Simulation also from ODU.

His research interests include human behavior modeling, decision system modeling, multiagent system simulation, and modeling and simulation representation of social systems. He has published four books on modeling and simulation and is the author of numerous journal articles and conference papers. He is a member of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International, American Association of Artificial Intelligence, Association of Computing Machinery, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Beta Kappa.

Prior to joining VMASC he served twenty-seven years in the U.S. Navy as a submarine officer, retiring at the rank of Captain. During his years in the military, Dr. Sokolowski served on four submarines including Executive Officer of USS Hammerhead (SSN663), Norfolk, VA and Commanding Officer of USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN 640), Charleston, SC He also served as Head, Modeling and Simulation Division, Joint Warfighting Center (JWFC), U.S. Joint Forces Command. At JWFC, he led the U.S. military’s most advanced simulation group in support of worldwide joint training. His responsibilities included design and management of complex simulation architectures and oversight of three major Department of Defense simulation programs.


Research Areas of Expertise

  • human behavior modeling
  • decision system modeling
  • multiagent system simulation
  • modeling and simulation representation of social systems



  • Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering with a Concentration in Modeling and Simulation), Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, May 2003
  • Master (Engineering Management), Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, May 1998
  • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science), Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, December 1974


Technical Committee Memberships

  • Advisory Committee Member, Modeling and Simulation Curriculum, Advanced Technology Center, Virginia Beach City Schools, Virginia Beach, VA, 2003—Present
  • Advisory Committee Member, Modeling and Simulation Committee, Joint Commission on Technology and Science, Commonwealth of Virginia, 2005—2006
  • Advisory Committee Chair, Governor’s Modeling and Simulation Advisory Council, Commonwealth of Virginia, 2009—present
  • Chairman, Modeling and Simulation Leadership Council of Hampton Roads, 2010—present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Society for Computer Simulation International, 2011—present


Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Systems of Systems Engineering
  • Co-Editor, Special Issue on Modeling and Simulation in Education, International Journal of Simulation and Process Modeling
  • Associate Editor, Simulation: Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation
  • Co-Editor, Modeling and Simulation Journal

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