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Andrew J. Collins, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization Engineering

Research Assistant Professor
Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center

Ph.D. - Management Science - University of Southampton

M.S. - Operational Research - University of Southampton

B.A. - Mathematical Science - University of Oxford


Dr. Collins has spent the last 10 years, while conducting his Ph.D. and as an analyst for the UK's Ministry of Defence, applying game theory to variety of practical operations research problems. Dr. Collins is the principle investigator on a federal M&S standards governance project and he is currently the principle analyst on an award winning investigation which applies agent-based modeling to the foreclosure crisis. Other recent research areas include a philosophical investigation into the use of visualization rhetoric in simulations, entrepreneurship modeling, transportation, and bio-terrorism.

Phone:  (757) 638-4437
E-mail:  ajcollin@odu.edu
Office:  VMASC
Website:  http://www.vmasc.odu.edu/collins.html

Selected Publications:


  • Gangel, Marshall; Michael J. Seiler; and Andrew Collins; Latin Hypercube Sampling and the Identification of the Foreclosure Contagion Threshold; Journal of Behavioral Finance; forthcoming.
  • Gangel, Marshall; Michael J. Seiler; and Andrew Collins; Exploring the Foreclosure Contagion Effect Using Agent-Based Modeling; Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics; forthcoming.
  • Collins, Andrew; and Lyn Thomas; Comparing Reinforcement Learning Approaches for Solving Game Theoretic Models: A Dynamic Airline Pricing Game Example; Journal of Operational Research; forthcoming.
  • Ezell, Barry C.; Joshua Behr; and Andrew Collins; Identifying Factors that Influence Terrorist Decisions and Target Selection; Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 9(1), 2012.
  • Ezell, Barry C.; Steven Bennett; Detlof von Winterfeldt; John Sokolowski; and Andrew Collins; Probabilistic Risk Analysis and Terrorism Risk; Risk Analysis 30(4), 2010, pp. 575-589. (also republished in a Special Issue entitled Advances in Terrorism Risk Analysis: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291539-6924/homepage/custom_copy.htm)


  • Ezell, Barry; and Andrew J. Collins; Response to Parnell, Smith, and Moxley, Intelligent Adversary Risk Analysis: A Bioterrorism Risk Management Model, Risk Analysis, 30, No. 1, 2010, Risk Analysis, 30(6), 2010; pp 875.


  • Collins, Andrew J., and Christine Currie; Operations Research; In Handbook of Modeling and Simulation Real-world Applications, Sokolowski, J. A., Banks, C. M., eds. Hoboken: Wiley, 2012.
  • Collins, Andrew J., and D'An Knowles Ball; Philosophical and Theoretic Underpinnings of Simulation Visualization Rhetoric and Their Practical Implications; In Ontology, Epistemology, and Teleology of Modeling and Simulation - Philosophical Foundations for Intelligent M&S Applications; Tolk, A., ed. Hoboken: Wiley, forthcoming.
  • Hestor, Patrick, and Collins, Andrew J.; Mathematical Applications for Combat; In Engineering Principles of Combat Modeling and Distributed Simulation, Tolk, A., ed. Hoboken: Wiley, 2012.


  • Collins, Andrew J.; David Meyr; and Solomon Sherfey; Financial Implications of M&S Standards; V12-001; Suffolk, VA: VMASC; 2012.
  • Collins, Andrew J.; Josh Behr; Lisa Blair; Saikou Diallo; Mikel Petty; Solomon Sherfey; Andreas Tolk; Charles Turnitsa; and Eric Wiesel; Modeling and Simulation Standards Study: Annual Report; V11-002; Suffolk, VA: VMASC; 2011.