Best paper award at SpringSim 2018

“Should we simulate mental models to assess whether they agree?” To answer this question, we examined whether the simulation outcomes of 260 mental models about socio-ecological management could be known by looking at centrality. We received the Best Paper Award for this work at the spring simulation multi-conference (SpringSim 2018), and also the best paper in its annual simulation symposium (ANSS). The first author was former student Eric Lavin, with collaborators Andrew Stefanik, Steven Gray, and Robert Arlinghaus. We thank the team for the hard work that they’ve put into this paper, which takes a radical approach by questioning when we really need to run simulations.

Celebrating Eric Lavin’s thesis defense

Eric Lavin successfully passed his thesis defense. His committee was composed of Drs Hamed Alhoori, Minmei Hou, and Scott Rosen (external member from MITRE). As all students of the lab before him, Eric has published two papers during his masters, in reputable venues such as the Winter Simulation conference.

Season’s Greetings from the lab!

To celebrate the end of a (very busy) Fall semester, we got together for some food… and gifts! It is our tradition that each student in the lab receives a gift from Dr. Giabbanelli at the end of the year. Since everyone was very nice this year, nobody got coal!

Magda Baniukiewicz has received her thesis!


Magda Baniukiewicz joined the DACHB Lab in January 2016. Two years later, her hard work has turned into a beautiful thesis! Magda has presented her work at multiple conferences and workshops. She already has several publications as conference articles or book chapters, and a few more articles under review. As every masters student graduating from the lab, Magda received her bound thesis from Dr. Giabbanelli.

The lab presents four posters at the NetSci Conference

The lab had a strong presence at the 2017 International School and Conference on Network Science. Dr. Giabbanelli and three students (Magda Baniukiewicz, Eric Lavin, Nick Rosso) attended sessions and presented four posters showing their research progress in areas such as simulating networks, on designing new network models.