LTRG

Research Group

Learning Transformation Research Group

demoThe Learning Transformation Research Group (LTRG) at Virginia Tech aims to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in K-12 curricula.

ACM

SIGSIM

ACM Special Interest Group (SIG) on SImulation and Modeling (SIM)

ACM SIGSIMAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGSIM aims to promote and disseminate the advancement of high quality state-of-the-art in Modeling and Simulation (M&S) across a broad range of interests and disciplines.

CS @ VT

Computer Science

Virginia Tech

demoThe Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech consists of more than 40 faculty members and offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Elected Positions

07/2008 — 06/2010 Elected Chair of ACM Special Interest Group on Simulation and Modeling (SIGSIM)
07/2002 — 07/2006 A Director at Large for the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS) Board of Directors (Elected by the SCS membership for two terms)
05/1993 — 04/1994 Elected Chairman of ORSA CSTS (Operations Research Society of America Computer Science Technical Section)
05/1992 — 05/1993 Elected Vice Chairman of ORSA CSTS (Operations Research Society of America Computer Science Technical Section)
07/1985 — 06/1987 Elected Vice-Chairman of ACM Special Interest Group on Simulation (SIGSIM) which had over 2,000 members

 

Conferences

06/2016 — present Gaming Track Coordinator for the 2017 Winter Simulation Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, Dec. 3-6, 2017.
10/2012 — present Member of the Steering Committee of the ACM SIGSIM Conference on Principles of Advanced Discrete Simulation (SIGSIM PADS).
11/2014 — 12/2015 Gaming and Simulation Track Coordinator for the 2015 Winter Simulation Conference, Huntington Beach, CA, Dec. 6-9, 2015.
06/2014 — 06/2015 Member of the International Program Committee of the 2015 ACM SIGSIM Conference on Principles of Advanced Discrete Simulation (SIGSIM PADS 2015),
June 10-12, 2015, London, UK.
06/2013 – 05/2014 Member of the International Program Committee of the 2014 ACM SIGSIM Conference on Principles of Advanced Discrete Simulation (SIGSIM PADS 2014),
May 18-21, 2014, Denver, Colorado.
10/2012 — 05/2013 Member of the International Program Committee of the 2013 ACM SIGSIM Conference on Principles of Advanced Discrete Simulation (SIGSIM PADS 2013),
May 19-22, 2013, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
01/2011 — 09/2011 Program Co-Chair of the 23rd European Modeling and Simulation Symposium (EMSS 2011), Sept. 28-30, 2011, Rome, Italy
11/2010 — 07/2011 Member of the Program Committee of the First International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications (SIMULTECH 2011), July 29-31, 2011, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands
01/2010 — 12/2010 Modeling Methodology Track Coordinator for the 2010 Winter Simulation Conference, Baltimore, MD, Dec. 5-8, 2010
09/2009 — 04/2010 Member of the Program Committee of the 2010 Annual Simulation Symposium, April 11-15, 2010, Orlando, FL
12/2009 — 03/2010 Member of the Program Committee, Working Group Chair, and Session Chair for the Workshop on Grand Challenges in Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis for Homeland Security (Organized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security), Arlington, VA, March 17-18, 2010
01/2010 — 06/2010 Member of the Scientific Committee of the First International Symposium on Computing in Science and Engineering (ISCSE 2010), Kusadasi, Turkey, June 3-5
01/2009 — 10/2009 Member of the International Program Committee of the International Conference on Modeling, Simulation and Identification (MSI 2009), October 12-14, 2009, Beijing, China
01/2009 — 09/2009 Program Co-Chair of the International Workshop on Modeling and Applied Simulation (MAS 2009), Sept. 23-25, 2009, Canary Islands, Spain
05/2008 — 07/2009 Program Co-Chair of the 2009 Summer Computer Simulation Conference, July 13-16, 2009, Istanbul, Turkey
09/2008 — 03/2009 Member of the Program Committee of the 2009 Annual Simulation Symposium, March 22-27, 2009, San Diego, CA
11/2006 — 08/2007 Member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the International Conference on Modeling and Simulation, August 2007, Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, India
10/2006 — 10/2007 Member of the International Program Committee of the IASTED Conference on Modeling and Simulation (AsiaMS 2007), Oct. 8-10, 2007, Beijing, China
10/2006 — 07/2007 Member of the Program Committee of the IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Services (ICPS’07), July 15-20, 2007, Istanbul, Turkey
09/2005 — 07/2006 Member of the International Program Committee of the IASTED International Conference on Web Technologies, Applications and Services (WTAS 2006), July 17 19, 2006, Calgary, Canada
08/2004 — 05/2005 Member of the Program Committee of the Third International Workshop on Verification and Validation of Enterprise Information Systems, May 24, 2005, Miami
02/2004 — 01/2005 Member of the Program Committee of SIMCHI 2005: Human-Computer Interface Advances for Modeling and Simulation (Part of the 2005 Western Simulation Multiconference), January 20-23, 2005, New Orleans, LA
01/2002 — 12/2002 Member of the Program Committee of the Fourth International Symposium on Multimedia Software Engineering (MSE2002), Newport Beach, CA, Dec. 11-13, 2002
04/2002 — 10/2002 Member of the Program Committee of the Third Conference on Simulation Methods and Applications (CSMA 2002), Orlando, FL, Oct. 28-29, 2002
01/2002 — 10/2002 Member of the Program Committee of the Seventeenth International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences (ISCIS XVII), Orlando, FL, Oct. 28-30, 2002
01/2001 — 01/2002 Member of the International Program Committee of the First International Conference on Grand Challenges for Modeling and Simulation. Part of the 2002 SCS Western Simulation Multiconference, San Antonio, TX, Jan. 27-31, 2002
09/2000 — 06/2001 Verification, Validation, and Accreditation Track Chair, European Simulation Multiconference (ESM 2001), Prague, Czech Republic, June 6-9, 2001
05/2000 — 10/2000 Member of the Program Committee, Second Conference on Simulation Methods and Applications (CSMA 2000), Orlando, FL, Oct. 29-31, 2000
06/1999 — 01/2000 Member of the Program Committee, Communication Networks and Distributed Systems Modeling and Simulation Conference, San Diego, CA, Jan. 23-27, 2000. (Part of the 2000 SCS Western Multiconference on Computer Simulation)
05/1999 — 05/2000 Member of the International Program Committee of the 3rd International Symposium on Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS'2000), Sakarya, Turkey, May 25-26, 2000
05/1999 — 12/2000 Verification, Validation, and Accreditation Track Coordinator, 2000 Winter Simulation Conference, Orlando, FL, Dec. 2000
02/1999 — 09/1999 General Chair, 1999 Virginia Internet Technology Week (VIT99), Blacksburg, VA, September 13-17, 1999
08/1998 — 01/1999 Verification Technology Working Group Co-Chair, Simulation Validation Workshop '99. Co-sponsored by the Military Operations Research Society (MORS) and the Society for Computer Simulation International (SCS), JHU/APL, Laurel, MD, Jan. 26-28, 1999
08/1998 — 07/1999 Verification, Validation, and Accreditation Track Coordinator, 1999 Summer Computer Simulation Conference, Chicago, IL, July 11-15
03/1998 — 01/1999 Member of the Program Committee, Communication Networks and Distributed Systems Modeling and Simulation Conference, San Francisco, CA, Jan. 17-20, 1999. (Part of the 1999 SCS Western Multiconference on Computer Simulation)
03/1998 — 07/1998 Verification, Validation, and Accreditation Track Coordinator, 1998 Summer Computer Simulation Conference, Reno, NV, July 19-22, 1998
11/1997 — 08/1998 11/1997 – 08/1998 Member of the International Program Committee of the 2nd International Symposium on Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS'98), Sakarya, Turkey, Aug. 6-7, 1998
04/1997 — 01/1998 Member of the Scientific Program Committee of the 1998 International Conference on Web-based Modeling and Simulation, San Diego, CA, Jan. 11- 14, 1998
01/1997 — 07/1997 Verification, Validation, and Accreditation Track Coordinator, 1997 Summer Computer Simulation Conference, Arlington, VA, July 13-17
10/1996 — 09/1997 Member of the International Program Committee of the Validation and Verification Conference of the First World Congress on Systems Simulation, Singapore, Sept. 1-4, 1997
01/1996 — 06/1997 Member of the International Program Committee of the 11th European Simulation Multiconference, Istanbul, Turkey, June 1-4, 1997
11/1994 — 01/1996 Member of the advisory committee of the Fifth INFORMS Computer Science Technical Section Conference on Computer Science and Operations Research: Recent Advances in the Interface, Dallas, TX, Jan. 8-10, 1996
08/1994 — 01/1995 Member of the International Program Committee of the IFORS conference “Digital Technologies / Multimedia: OR/MS in Strategy, Operations and Decision Support,” Santa Monica, CA, Jan. 15-18, 1995
01/1994 Organized and chaired a session on Simulation and Modeling at the ORSA CSTS Conference “Computer Science and Operations Research: The Impact of Emerging Technology,” Williamsburg, VA, Jan. 5-7, 1994
11/1993 — 10/1994 Member of the International Program Committee of the 1994 European Simulation Symposium, Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 9-12, 1994
11/1993 Organized and chaired a session on Visualization in Mathematical and Simulation Model Development at the ORSA/TIMS Joint National Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, Nov. 1-3, 1993
11/1992 — 10/1993 Cluster Chair for ORSA Computer Science Technical Section at the ORSA/TIMS Joint National Meeting (Phoenix, AZ, Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, 1993)
11/1992 — 01/1994 Member of the advisory committee of the ORSA CSTS Conference “Computer Science and Operations Research: The Impact of Emerging Technology,” Williamsburg, VA, Jan. 5-7, 1994
11/1992 Organized and chaired a session on Visualization in Mathematical and Simulation Modeling at the ORSA/TIMS Joint National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Nov. 1-4, 1992
05/1992 — 05/1993 Cluster Chair for ORSA Computer Science Technical Section at the TIMS/ORSA Joint National Meeting (Chicago, IL, May 16-19, 1993)
01/1992 Chaired a session on Decision Support Systems at the ORSA CSTS Conference “Computer Science and Operations Research: New Developments in Their Interfaces,” Williamsburg, VA, Jan. 8-10, 1992
12/1991 Chaired a session on Random Number Generation at the 1991 Winter Simulation Conference, Phoenix, AZ, Dec. 8-11, 1991
10/1991 — 12/1992 Modeling Methodology Track Coordinator of the 1992 Winter Simulation Conference, Arlington, VA, Dec. 13-16, 1992
06/1991 — 01/1992 Member of the program committee of the 1992 International Conference on Simulation in Engineering Education, Newport Beach, CA, Jan. 20-22
12/1990 Proceedings Editor of the 1990 Winter Simulation Conference, New Orleans, LA, Dec. 9-12, 1990
05/1990 Chaired a session on Simulation Systems and Applications at the TIMS/ORSA Joint National Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, May 7-9, 1990
12/1989 Organized and chaired a session on Validation and Verification at the 1989 Winter Simulation Conference, Washington, DC, Dec. 4-6, 1989
05/1989 — 01/1992 General Chairman of the ORSA Computer Science Technical Section Conference “Computer Science and Operations Research: New Developments in Their Interfaces,” Williamsburg, VA, Jan. 8-10, 1992
12/1988 Organized and chaired a session on Conceptual Frameworks in Simulation Modeling at the 1988 Winter Simulation Conference, San Diego, CA, Dec. 12-14, 1988
04/1988 Chaired a session on Simulation Methodology at the TIMS/ORSA Joint National Meeting, Washington, DC, Apr. 25-27, 1988
12/1987 Organized and chaired a session on Simulation Support Systems at the 1987 Winter Simulation Conference, Atlanta, GA, Dec. 14-16, 1987
01/1987 — 01/1989 Member of the organizing committee of the ORSA CSTS conference on Impacts of Recent Computer Advances on Operations Research, Williamsburg, VA, Jan. 4-6, 1989
04/1986 — 01/1987 Member of the advisory committee of the 4th International Symposium on Modeling and Simulation Methodology, Tucson, AZ, Jan. 21-23, 1987
01/1986 — 04/1987 Program Chairman and Proceedings Editor of the SCS conference on Methodology and Validation held as part of the 1987 Eastern Simulation Conferences, Orlando, FL, Apr. 6-9, 1987.

 

NSF Review Panels

  • Served on a NSF Review Panel, Arlington, VA, May 1-2, 2014
  • Served on a NSF Review Panel, Arlington, VA, February 11-12, 2014
  • Served on a NSF Review Panel, Arlington, VA, February 19-20, 2013
  • Served on a NSF Review Panel, Arlington, VA, May 18-19, 2011
  • Served on a NSF Review Panel, Arlington, VA, May 27-28, 2004

Webmaster

Webmaster for the following websites:

01/2009 — present Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group (SIG) on Simulation and Modeling (SIM), http://www.acm-sigsim-mskr.org/
10/2012 — present ACM SIGSIM Conference on Principles of Advanced Discrete Simulation (ACM SIGSIM PADS), http://www.acm-sigsim-pads.org/
08/2011 — present Learning Transformation Research Group (LTRG) at Virginia Tech, http://ltrg.centers.vt.edu/
12/2011 — present Personal Professional Website, http://manta.cs.vt.edu/balci/

 

Organizations

07/2010 — present Member of the Advisory Board of ACM Special Interest Group on Simulation and Modeling (SIGSIM)
08/2004 — 12/2004 Member of the Simulation Editorial Board Review Panel, the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS)
01/1999 — 12/2004 Member of the Winter Simulation Conference Board of Directors representing the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS)
07/1998 — 07/2000 A Director at Large for the Society for Computer Simulation International (SCS) Board of Directors (Elected by the SCS membership)
01/1996 — 09/1996 Member of the Verification, Validation and Accreditation (VV&A) Technical Support Team of the Defense Modeling and Simulation Office (DMSO)
11/1995 — 09/2006 Member of the Verification, Validation and Accreditation (VV&A) Technical Working Group of the Defense Modeling and Simulation Office (DMSO)
07/1994 — 05/1995 Review Committee Member for the Operations Research journal published by the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA)
09/1992 — 05/1993 Member of the ORSA Computer Science Technical Section Prize Committee

 

Virginia Tech

06/2016 — present Appointed as “Professor of Health Sciences”, Virginia Tech Faculty of Health Sciences
05/2015 — present Member of the Virginia Tech Enterprise Mobile Strategy Steering Committee
09/2010 — present Director of Mobile/Cloud Software Engineering Lab
12/2001 — 05/2015 Chair of the Software Engineering Ph.D. Qualifying Examination Committee, Department of Computer Science
08/1995 — 05/2015 Faculty Advisor to Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the Honor Society in the Computing Sciences, Virginia Tech Student Chapter
08/2010 — 05/2013 Senator, Member of the Virginia Tech Faculty Senate representing Computer Science
08/2003 — 07/2010 Member of the Honorifics Committee, College of Engineering
08/1999 — 07/2010 Chair of the Honorifics Committee, Department of Computer Science
08/2006 — 05/2007 Member of the Virginia Tech Commission on Faculty Affairs (CFA)
03/2006 — 05/2007 Chair of the Virginia Tech Faculty Senate Subcommittee on Student Evaluation of Teaching
08/2004 — 05/2007 Senator, Member of the Virginia Tech Faculty Senate representing Computer Science
01/2006 — 05/2006 Member of the Engineering Faculty Organization (EFO) Faculty Teaching and Assessment Task Force, College of Engineering
08/0203 — 05/2005 Member of the Personnel Committee, Department of Computer Science
03/2004 — 05/2004 Computer Science Representative and Head Marshal, Commencement Committee, College of Engineering
09/2003 — 08/2004 Chair and Computer Science Representative, The Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (CEUT) Computer Science Faculty Study Group
01/2002 — 05/2003 Member of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award Selection Committee, College of Arts and Sciences
08/1999 — 09/2000 Member of the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam Committee, Department of Computer Science
04/1999 — 05/1999 Member of the Committee for Master of Science Degree Oral Examinations, Department of Computer Science
08/1998 — 07/1999 Member of the Recognition and Awards Committee, Department of Computer Science
11/1998 — 05/1999 Member of the Virginia Tech Computer Requirement Committee, Specifications Subcommittee
11/1997 — 05/1998 Member of the Virginia Tech Computer Requirement Support Task Force Academic Advisory Committee, Baseline Configurations of Hardware and Software Subcommittee
09/1997 — 05/1998 Member of the Systems Research Center Review Committee
09/1997 — 08/1998 Chairman of the Computing Resources Committee, Department of Computer Science
11/1996 — 08/1997 Chairman of the Committee for Master of Science Degree Oral Examinations, Department of Computer Science
09/1996 — 09/2000 Member of the Honorifics Committee, College of Arts and Sciences
01/1996 — 05/1997 Chairman of the Committee on Excellence in Teaching, College of Arts and Sciences
05/1994 — 05/1996 Member of the Committee on Excellence in Teaching, College of Arts and Sciences
09/1993 — 05/1996 Member of the Computing Resources Committee, Department of Computer Science
08/1992 — 07/1996 Director of Computing Facilities for the Systems Research Center
08/1992 — 05/1993 Member of the Personnel Committee, Department of Computer Science
02/1992 — 05/1992 Academic Panel Member for the DoE Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Configuration Study. (An eight-member panel formed by the Environmental Systems Laboratory campuswide.)
01/1992 — 01/1995 Faculty Advisor to the Computer Science students organizing the Virginia Computer Users Conference (VCUC)
11/1991 — 08/1995 Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, Department of Computer Science Representative
08/1991 — 05/1992 Chairman of the Personnel Committee, Department of Computer Science
08/1990 — 05/1991 Member of the Personnel Committee, Department of Computer Science
09/1988 — 03/1989 Founding Editor of the Computer Science Undergraduate Student Newspaper, CS Bits & Bytes
01/1988 — 03/1989 Director of the Personal Computer Program in the Computer Science Department
11/1987 — 05/1989 Supporting faculty member of the Center for Quantitative Studies in Natural Resources
10/1987 — 12/1987 Chairman of the Committee for the Selection of a Personal Computer to be Required for Computer Science Students
09/1985 — 08/1992 System Administrator for the Sun 3/160C computer workstation
09/1985 — 05/1988 Member of the Executive Committee, Department of Computer Science
12/1984 — 02/1985 Member of the Committee for the Selection of a Personal Computer to be Required for Computer Science Students
09/1983 — 06/1985 Member of the Undergraduate Program Committee, Department of Computer Science
09/8193 — 06/1984 Member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the IBM Project for the Enhancement of Graduate Manufacturing Systems Engineering Education
09/1981 — 06/1983 Member of the Student Affairs Committee, Department of Computer Science