RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM ON COMPUTATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE/DATA SCIENCES – Hamdi Kavak – Simulation Verification and Validation as a Service

February 7, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Center for Social Complexity, 3rd Floor Research Hall
Karen Underwood

Research Colloquium on Computational Social Science/Data Science

Hamdi Kavak
CDS Assistant Professor
George Mason University

Simulation Verification and Validation as a Service

Friday, February 07, 3:00 p.m.
Center for Social Complexity,
3rd Floor Research Hall

All are welcome to attend.

Verification and Validation (V&V) is one of the main processes in simulation development and is essential for increasing the credibility of simulations. Due to the extensive time requirement and the lack of standard V&V practices, simulation projects often conduct ad-hoc V&V checks using informal methods. In this talk, I will discuss the building blocks of a V&V platform, which can be utilized Software as a Service. This work-in-progress platform aims to improve V&V practices by facilitating ease of use, increasing accessibility to V&V techniques, and establishing independence from simulation paradigm and programming language. The platform relies on the seamless integration of web technologies, data management, discovery & analysis techniques of V&V, and cloud computing. This talk will describe the technical details of this platform, present a proof-of-concept implementation, and draw a roadmap for future developments. This research aims to improve modeling and simulation practices for novice to expert modelers in evaluating and conveying the credibility of their simulations.
Dr. Hamdi Kavak is a modeling and simulation researcher focused on designing data-driven and traditional computational models to tackle domain-specific problems in cybersecurity and urban systems. He also makes contributions to improve the methodology and practice of simulation modeling processes. Dr. Hamdi Kavak is an Assistant Professor at the Computational and Data Sciences Department at George Mason University (GMU). He holds a Ph.D. degree and a Master’s degree in Modeling and Simulation from Old Dominion University, and a B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from Karadeniz Technical University (Turkey). His home page is at