Andrew Collins

Andrew Collins
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Operations Research
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Dr. Andy Collins is a Research Assistant Professor at VMASC and is one of the team’s operations research and mathematics specialists. Operations research is the study and practices of “giving analytical support to decision-makers.” The decision-maker might also be the operations researcher but we like to make a distinction between information support to a decision and the actual decision-making itself. As an Operations Researcher, Dr. Collins focus is on analyzing situations to find insights and potential efficiencies.

Dr. Collins has practical expertise in a variety of techniques, including (but not limited to) agent-based modeling, game theory, risk analysis, revenue management, simulated annealing, Latin hypercube sampling, and social networks. Dr. Collins has been able to provide technical expertise to a variety of domains including airline pricing, commercial organizational structures, critical infrastructure, defence analysis, evacuation modeling, farming decision-support, foreclosure modeling, garbage collection, insurgency modeling, manufacturing assessment, medical school scheduling, refugee movement, strategic group formation, street gang formation, terrorism risk, toll pricing, traffic incident modeling and visual rhetoric in simulation. Given the breath of the domains, Dr. Collins considers himself a generalist. He has been involved in projects with funding amounts of approximately $3.0 million. He has published over 50 peer-review articles in a broad spectrum of domains. His Ph.D. focused on applying Artificial Intelligent (AI) methods to airline pricing competition. Dr. Collins has also been involved in standards for simulation including being the principle investigator for a multi-million project into governance of simulation standards. Dr. Collins passion is on the development and application of Agent-based modeling and simulation (ABMS) and he has developed several research simulations including an award-winning investigation into the foreclosure contagion that incorporated social networks and pedestrian evacuation modeling. Dr. Collins whole career has been in Operations Research; before academia, Dr. Collins worked in the defense industry and was the simulation custodian to the world’s first large-scale peace support simulation. His other academic interests include the effective use of visualization within simulation.

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