Research Group

Learning Transformation Research Group

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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.


Computer Science

Virginia Tech

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Osman Balci

Professor of Computer Science
Director of Mobile/Cloud Software Engineering Lab

Department of Computer Science
638 McBryde Hall, MC 0106
Virginia Tech

225 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061, USA



Areas of Expertise

  • Software Engineering
    • iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) Mobile Software Engineering
    • Cloud Software Engineering
    • Architecting Cloud Software-based System of Systems
    • Software/System Independent Verification and Validation
  • Modeling and Simulation
    • Methodology
    • Verification, Validation, and Certification
  • Digital Game-Based Learning
    • Digital Educational Game Development Methodology
    • Digital Educational Game Quality Evaluation

Selected Courses Taught

Courseware Published

Selected Research Grants and Contracts

National Science Foundation
2011 - 2015 Gateways to Algebraic Motivation, Engagement and Success (GAMES): Supporting and Assessing Fraction Proficiency with Game-Based, Mobile Applications and Devices.
2005 - 2006 Development of a Standard for Quality Assurance of Models and Simulations, NASA Langley Research Center / National Institute of Aerospace (NIA)
Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD):
2009 - 2011 Architecting Naval Surface Warfare Systems
2006 - 2008 Passive, Remote and Open Situation Awareness System (PROSAS) Architecting
2006 Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID)
2005 Network-Centric Open Systems Architecture Assessment
2004 Network-Centric Operations / Warfare
2002 - 2003 Missile Defense Agency (MDA): Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Verification, Validation, and Accreditation (VV&A); Software Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V); System IV&V
2002 - 2004 MDA Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD): M&S VV&A; Software IV&V; System IV&V
2001 - 2002 U.S. Navy DD21: Software Certification
1998 - 2002 National Missile Defense (NMD): M&S VV&A; Software IV&V; System IV&V
Defense Modeling and Simulation Office (DMSO)
1996 - 1997 Verification, Validation and Accreditation (VV&A) Technical Support
Naval Research Laboratory (NRL):
1995 - 1996 Visual Simulation Environment


Selected Professional Activities

01/2009 - present Founding Editor-in-Chief of ACM SIGSIM Modeling and Simulation Knowledge Repository
07/2005 - present Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Simulation
04/1985 - 01/2017 Simulation and Modeling Category Editor of ACM Computing Reviews
03/1990 - 06/2013 Area Editor of ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation (TOMACS)
07/2008 - 06/2010 Elected Chair of ACM Special Interest Group on Simulation and Modeling (SIGSIM)
09/1993 - 12/2002 Founding Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Software Engineering, an international journal published by Kluwer Academic Publishers, New York, NY
08/1996 - 12/2000 Founding Editor-in-Chief of World Wide Web, an international journal published by Baltzer Science Publishers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
07/2002 - 07/2006 Director at Large for the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS) Board of Directors


Selected Publications

  1. Kyle Schutt and Osman Balci (2016), “Cloud Software Development Platforms: A Comparative Overview,” IEEE 14th International Conference on Software Engineering Research, Management and Applications (SERA), (Baltimore, MD, June 8-10). IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, pp. 3-13.
  2. Serdar Aslan and Osman Balci (2015), “GAMED: Digital Educational Game Development Methodology,” Simulation: Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International 91, 4 (Apr.), 307-319, doi: 10.1177/0037549715572673.
  3. Osman Balci (2015), “Quality Indicators Throughout the Modeling and Simulation Life Cycle,” In Concepts and Methodologies for Modeling and Simulation, Simulation Foundations, Methods and Applications: A Tribute to Tuncer Ören, L. Yilmaz, Ed., Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, Chapter 9, pp. 199-215.
  4. Anderson Norton, Jesse L. M. Wilkins, Michael A. Evans, Kirby Deater-Deckard, Osman Balci, and Mido Chang (2014), “Technology Helps Students Transcend Part-Whole Concepts,” Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School 19, 6 (Feb.), 352-358.
  5. Osman Balci, Kirby Deater-Deckard, and Anderson Norton (2013), “Challenges in Teaching Modeling and Simulation Online,” In Proceedings of the 2013 Winter Simulation Conference (Washington, DC, Dec. 8-11). IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, pp. 3568- 3575.
  6. Osman Balci (2012), “A Life Cycle for Modeling and Simulation,” Simulation: Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International 88, 7, 870–883.
  7. Amine Chigani and Osman Balci (2012), “The Process of Architecting for Software / System Engineering,” International Journal of System of Systems Engineering 3, 1, 1-23.
  8. Osman Balci (2011), “How to Successfully Conduct Large-Scale Modeling and Simulation Projects,” In Proceedings of the 2011 Winter Simulation Conference (Phoenix, AZ, Dec. 11-14). IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, pp. 176-182.
  9. Osman Balci, James D. Arthur, and William F. Ormsby (2011), “Achieving Reusability and Composability with a Simulation Conceptual Model,” Journal of Simulation 5, 3 (Aug.), 157-165.
  10. Osman Balci (2010), “Golden Rules of Verification, Validation, Testing, and Certification of Modeling and Simulation Applications,” SCS M&S Magazine, Oct. 2010 Issue 4, The Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS), Vista, CA.
  11. David S. Myers and Osman Balci (2009), “A Web-Based Visual Simulation Architecture,” International Journal of Modelling and Simulation 29, 2, 137-148.
  12. Osman Balci and William F. Ormsby (2008), “Network-Centric Military System Architecture Assessment Methodology,” International Journal of System of Systems Engineering 1, 1-2, 271-292.
  13. Osman Balci and William F. Ormsby (2007), “Conceptual Modeling for Designing Large-Scale Simulations,” Journal of Simulation 1, 3 (Aug.) 175-186.
  14. Osman Balci and William F. Ormsby (2006), “Quality Assessment of Modeling and Simulation of Network-Centric Military Systems,” In Modeling and Simulation Tools for Emerging Telecommunications Networks: Needs, Trends, Challenges and Solutions, A.N. Ince and E. Topuz, Eds, Springer, New York, NY, Chapter 19, pp. 365-382.
  15. Mohammad Sabah and Osman Balci (2005), “Web-based Random Variate Generation for Stochastic Simulations,” International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling 1, 1&2, 16-25.
  16. Osman Balci (2001), “A Methodology for Certification of Modeling and Simulation Applications,” ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation 11, 4 (Oct.), 352-377.