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VMASC to Showcase Research at Open House Nov. 16

Old Dominion University's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) is opening its doors to the community on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in an effort to expand awareness of the wealth of modeling and simulation knowledge and application in Hampton Roads.

The open house, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at VMASC headquarters, 1030 University Blvd. in Suffolk, will feature demonstrations of many of the most innovative simulations developed by ODU researchers in fields like health care, transportation and the social sciences. Researchers who work at the center will be available to answer questions.

"We encourage government, academia and industry members, as well as military service members, small-business owners, medical professionals, city leaders, public health officials and members of the media, to attend," said VMASC Executive Director John Sokolowski.

VMASC has a goal of advancing modeling and simulation through research, alliances and workforce development. Its multidisciplinary research is aimed at solving real-world problems collaboratively, in a variety of fields, while pushing the use of modeling and simulation as a discipline, not just a tool.

In addition to traditional military applications, where modeling and simulation got its start, VMASC has established expertise in many other fields, including transportation, medicine and social sciences.

An RSVP, due by Nov. 11, is required to attend the open house. To RSVP, contact Sheila Flanagan, VMASC director of administration and support, at sflanaga@odu.edu or 686-6208.

This article was posted on: November 15, 2011

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