Assistant Professor
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering

Andy Collins Ph.D.

2101 Engineering Systems Bldg
Norfolk, 23529

Dr. Collins has applied, both academically and practically, analytical techniques to a variety of practical Operations Research problems with a focus on Agent-based Modeling and Simulation (ABMS). These projects include an award-winning investigation into the foreclosure contagion effect.

Ph.D. in Operations Research, University of Southampton, (2009)

M.Sc. in Operations Research, University of Southampton, (2001)

B.A. in Mathematics, University of Oxford, (2000)

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Collins, A., Robinson, R. M. and Barraco, A. "Risk factor assessment for NNS" $73,794. Federal. June 23, 2017 - February 28, 2018

Expertise

Systems Engineering
Simulation; Game Theory

Research Interests

Agent-based Modeling and Simulation, Game Theory, and Analytics

Articles

Collins, A. and Frydenlund, E. (2018). Strategic group formation in agent-based simulation. Simulation 94 (3) , pp. 179-193.
Bido, D. V., Collins, A., Sokolowski, J. A. and Seiler, M. J. (2017). The effect of neighborhood density and GIS layout on the foreclosure contagion effect. Journal of Housing Research 26 (2) , pp. 137-155.
Collins, A., Hester, P. T., Ezell, B. and Horst, J. (2016). An improvement selection methodology for Key Performance Indicators. Environment, Systems and Decisions 36 (2) , pp. 196-208.
Elize, T., Frydenlund, E., Collins, A. and Robinson, R. M. (2016). Panic That Spreads: Socio-Behavioral Contagions in Pedestrian Evacuations. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2586 , pp. 1-8.
Vernon-Bido, D., Collins, A., Sokolowski, J. A. and Seiler, M. Using Real Property Layouts to Study the Foreclosure Contagion Effect in Real Estate with Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation. Journal of Housing Research.
Collins, A., Robinson, R. M., Jordan, C., Foytik, P. and Ezell, B. Integrating a Simple Traffic Incident Model for Rapid Evacuation Analysis. International Journal of Transportation.
Collins, A., Flanagan, D. and Ezell, B. (2015). Analysis of the Cost of Emergency Managers’ Meeting Load: A Hampton Road Case-study. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 12 (1) , pp. 169-191.
Collins, A., Petty, M., Vernon-Bido, D. and Sherfey, S. (2015). Call to Arms: Standards for Agent-based Modeling and Simulation. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 18 (3) , pp. 12.
Elize, T., Frydenlund, E., Collins, A. and Robinson, R. M. (2015). Conceptualizing Intragroup and Intergroup Dynamics Within a Controlled Crowd Evacuation. Journal of Emergency Management 13 (2) , pp. 109-120.
Collins, A., Frydenlund, E., Robinson, R. M. and Cetin, M. (2015). Exploring a Toll Auction Mechanism Enabled By Vehicle-To-Infrastructure Technology. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2530 , pp. 106-113.
Collins, A. J., Harrison, D. M. and Seiler, M. J. (2015). Mortgage Modification and the Decision to Strategically Default: A Game Theoretic Approach. Journal of real Estate Research 37 (3) , pp. 439-470.
Collins, A., Sokolowski, J. A. and Banks, C. M. (2014). Applying Reinforcement Learning to an Insurgency Agent-based Simulation. The Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation: Applications, Methodology, Technology 11 (4) , pp. 353-364.
Collins, A., Foytik, P., Frydenlund, E., Robinson, R. M. and Jordan, C. (2014). Generic Incident Model for Use in Large-Scale Evacuation Simulations. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2459 , pp. 11-17.
Collins, A., Seiler, M., Gangel, M. and Croll, M. (2013). Applying Latin hypercube sampling to agent-based models: Understanding foreclosure contagion effects. International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis 6 (4) , pp. 422-437.
Gangel, M., Seiler, M. and Collins, A. (2013). Exploring the foreclosure contagion effect using agent-based modeling. Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics 46 (2) , pp. 339-354.
Gangel, M., Seiler, M. and Collins, A. (2013). Latin Hypercube Sampling and the Identification of the Foreclosure Contagion Threshold. Journal of Behavioral Finance 14 (2) , pp. 149-159.
Collins, A. and Thomas, L. C.. (2013). Learning competitive dynamic airline pricing under different customer models. Journal of Revenue & Pricing Management 12 (5) , pp. 416-430.
Collins, A., Vegesana, K. Bharath., Seiler, M., O’Shea, P., Hettiarachchi, P. and McKenzie, F. D. (2013). Simulation and mathematical programming decision-making support for smallholder farming. Environment Systems and Decisions 33 (3) , pp. 427-439.
Seiler, M., Collins, A. and Fefferman, N. H.. (2013). Strategic Mortgage Default in the Context of a Social Network: An Epidemiological Approach. Journal of Real Estate Research 35 (4) , pp. 445-475.
Collins, A. and Thomas, L. C.. (2012). Comparing Reinforcement Learning Approaches for Solving Game Theoretic Models: A Dynamic Airline Pricing Game Example. Journal of Operational Research 63 (8) , pp. 1165-1173.
Ezell, B., Behr, J. G. and Collins, A. (2012). Identifying Factors that Influence Terrorist Decisions and Target Selection. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 9 (1) , pp. 8.
Ezell, B., Bennett, S. P.., von Winterfeldt, D., Sokolowski, J. A. and Collins, A. (2010). Probabilistic Risk Analysis and Terrorism Risk. Risk Analysis 30 (4) , pp. 575-589.