Guest Lecture – Dr. Saiko Diallo

April 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Exploratory Hall, 3301
Steven Humiston

We Are All in It Together: Training the Next Generation of Model Thinkers

We need to train the next generation of scientists, modelers and analysts to be technically competent and socially aware multidisciplinary collaborators. Model thinking and Modeling and Simulation can play an even more significant role in society if we expand our horizons beyond socio-technical problems and tackle broader challenges impacting the human condition. In this talk, we discuss multidisciplinary collaboration, inclusion and social awareness as three pillars that can form the basis for maintaining and increasing the relevance of our field in a world where technological change is outpacing our ability to manage and predict its impact on key aspects of life and society. We present tools, models and practical examples to illustrate the importance of each pillar and provide a framework for what we hope will become an intense and fruitful debate within the scientific community.

About Dr. Saiko Diallo

Chief Scientist, Research Associate Professor, Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC), Old Dominion University

Dr. Diallo has studied the concepts of interoperability of simulations and composability of models for over fifteen years. He is VMASC’s lead researcher in Human Simulation and Simulated Empathy where he focuses on applying Modeling and Simulation to study how people connect with one another and artificial beings, and how they experience their environment and creations. He currently has a grant to conduct research into modeling religion, culture and civilizations. He is also involved in developing cloud based simulation engines and User Interfaces in order to promote the use of simulation outside of the traditional engineering fields.

Dr. Diallo graduated with a M.S. in Engineering in 2006 and a Ph.D. in Modeling and Simulation in 2010 both from Old Dominion University. He is the President-Elect and a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS). Dr. Diallo has over one hundred publications in peer-reviewed conferences, journals and books.