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Papelis Named Chief Scientist at VMASC

Yiannis Papelis, a leading scholar, educator and researcher in the field of modeling, simulation and visualization (MS&V), has been named chief scientist of Old Dominion University's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC).

VMASC Executive Director John Sokolowski announced the selection on Aug. 10.

With the appointment, Papelis assumes a primary role in advancing collaborative MS&V research and development, providing research expertise to government agencies and industry.

He will help promote ODU, Hampton Roads and Virginia as a center of MS&V activities, and pursue initiatives and new projects to enhance VMASC's mission.

Papelis came to VMASC in August 2007 as a research associate professor, spearheading the applied research area of virtual environments. Since that time, he has conducted M&S research focused on agent-based simulation, immersive environments and critical infrastructure dependency modeling. As well, Papelis teaches modeling and simulation courses and has mentored students at the master's and doctoral levels.

Papelis has served as the principal researcher on projects funded by the National Institute of Aerospace, NASA, U.S. Navy, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Joint Forces Command and SEVA Port.

Most recently, he has been involved in research supporting NASA's autonomous traffic operations laboratory, visualization of port logistics and immersive virtual environments used primarily in ground vehicle simulations.

The research Papelis conducts can be applied to a wide range of topics, including the realistic simulation of crowds, simulation of critical infrastructure components, and control of autonomous ground and aerial vehicles.

Before joining VMASC, Papelis spent a year as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Central Florida, where he was involved in projects supporting Army flight simulator interoperability, and competed in the DARPA Urban Grand Challenge autonomous vehicle competition.

Prior to this, Papelis was the chief technical officer at the National Advanced Driving Simulator & Simulation Center and the Center for Computer Aided Design at the University 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 simulation.

In addition, Papelis led multiple research projects assessing the effectiveness of electronic stability control with the purpose of making ESC standard equipment in all future vehicles.

Papelis earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering (with honors) from Southern Illinois University in 1988, a master's in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1989 and a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Iowa in 1993.

This article was posted on: August 16, 2010

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