Ph.D. Computer Science, University of Federal Armed Forces, 1995
Dr. Tolk is Professor for Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at the Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. He also holds a joint appointment with the Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization Engineering Department. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science (1995) and has a M.S. in Computer Science (1988) from the University of the Federal Armed Forces, Germany.
Dr. Tolk joined the faculty of Old Dominion University 2006, where he is instrumental in faculty involvement in the National Centers for Systems of Systems Engineering (NCSOSE) as well as in the Virginia Modeling Analysis & Simulation center (VMASC). He has been a Senior Research Scientist at VMASC from 2002 to 2006. He was Vice President for Land Weapon Systems with the German company IABG from 1998 to 2002. He was project manager for decision support systems and integration of M&S into Command and Control systems from 1995 to 1998 with the German company ESG. From 1983 to 1995, Andreas Tolk served as an officer in the air defense branch of the German Army, followed by army reserve assignments from 1995 to 2002. He left the army as a Major of the Reserve.
Dr. Tolk's research focuses on model-based systems engineering, which includes research on modeling and simulation interoperability challenges, in particular in the context of complex systems and system of systems. His research on simulation interoperability documented in more than 200 publications is internationally recognized by over 30 outstanding paper awards. In 2008, he received the Award for Excellence in Research by Old Dominion University's Frank Batten College for Engineering and Technology. In 2010, he received the first Technical Merit Award from the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO). In 2012, he received the Outstanding Professional Contribution Award by the Society for Modeling and Simulation (SCS).
He contributed to textbooks on Agent-directed Simulation and Systems Engineering, Conceptual Modeling for Discrete-Event Simulation, and Modeling and Simulation Fundamentals. He edited books on Complex Systems in Knowledge-based Environments (2009), Intelligence-based Systems Engineering (2011), and Principles of Combat Modeling and Distributed Simulation (2012). He is on the editorial board of several journals, among them Simulation: Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International and the Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation, and the Editor-in-Chief for the SCS M&S Magazine.
Dr. Tolk is senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS). He is member of the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group Simulation (SIGSIM), the Military Operational Research Society (MORS), the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), and the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO).
Dr. Tolk teaches "System Architecture and Modeling" and "Principles of Combat Modeling and Distributed Simulation" as well as special topic courses of interest to students of model-based systems engineering.