Since 1985, Towson University, Baltimore, Maryland; Professor, Department of Computer
& Information Sciences; Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and then Professor.
1981 - 1987, George Washington University, Washington D. C; Graduate Teaching Assistant,
Research Assistant, then Lecturer; School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Instructor for a variety of computer science courses at the graduate and undergraduate
levels, including computer simulation, modeling and simulation, robotics, Lego robotics,
data structures, computer science I & II, and robotics for Honors College.
Supervised 30+ graduate (master) projects in areas such as Discrete-Event system simulation,
Expert system, Software reliability, Neural Network, and cognitive robotics
Supervised undergraduate research and graduate independent studies including research
study on Lego robotics
Doctoral thesis and Master thesis committee member for several students;
Served on numerous graduate project committees;
Academic advisor for approximately 20 students every semester.
My research areas are computer simulation and robotics including discrete-event simulation,
software reliability, developmental robotic, and cognitive robotic. Some of the research
was done with funding from NSF, NASA, and ARL.
Honors and Awards:
U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Principal Investigator, “Analyzing the Usefulness
of Gist”. 2013-15.
U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Principal Investigator “Analyzing the Usefulness
of Gist Representations from Fuzzy-Trace Theory for Determining Goal Completion”,
U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Principal Investigator “Attention Using Decision
Field Theory in Robotics”, 2010-11.
U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Principle Investigator “Human Robotic Interaction
Procedures, and Directions during the Assessment, Location, and Identification of
Improvised Explosive Devices Using an Autonomous Vehicle “, Aberdeen, MD, 2004-05
(phase 1), 2005-06 (phase 2), 2006-2008 (phase 3).
Towson University Faculty Excellence and Research Grant “A Robotic Learning Environment
to make Computer Science I More tangible”, 2005-06.
National Academy of Sciences Research Grant “Evolving Concepts in Humans Inhabiting
Simple Virtual Environments “, with Kocarev, L., Stojanov, G., and Trajkovski, G.,
Towson University Faculty Research and Development (Research Grant Awards), summer
2005, spring 2004, fall 2004, summer 2003, spring 2003, fall 1996, and spring 1989.
Active participant and advisor in Undergraduate Research Grants in Robotics and Simulation
with several student collaborators at Towson University and cognitive robotics Group
at Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen, MD, 2003 – 2005, 2007 – 2011.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Principal Investigator, “A Computational Model for
Estimating and Predicting Error Detection Trends and Relative Manpower Utilization”,
1998, 1999 (phases 1 &2).
NASA -ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship Awards to carry out the research project at Goddard
Space Flight Center (GSFC), and presented the results at two Seminars, 1998, 1 999,
National Science Foundation, Principal investigator “Optimization of Discrete-Event
Simulation Models: Single-Run Approaches” 1995.
National Science Foundation Research Opportunity Award (ROA), “Development of Ground
Motion Estimators and Building Damage Classification for Loss Estimation in Earthquakes”,
Co-investigator with Johns Hopkins University, 1991.
National Science Foundation, Principal investigator “Characterization of Earthquake
Ground Motion for Dynamic Analysis of Structures”, 1987.
Ackers, F., Davani, D., Ethics within a Cognitive Robotics Society. IEEE International
Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology, Ethics’2014, May 23-24,
2014 Chicago IL.
Davani, D., Ackers, F. “Application of Cognitive Theories for Simulation of robotic
Models”, Proceedings of the 2012 Simulation Multi-Conference (SCS), 28-31 October,
San Diego, CA.
Davani, D., Ackers, F., Akkadet, T., “Simulation of a Cognitive Robot Using WebGL”,
Proceedings of the 2012 Simulation Multi-Conference (SCS), 28-31 October, San Diego,
Avery, E., Davani, D. “Architectural Design and Development of a Hybrid Robotics Control
System”, 9th ACIS International Conference on Software Engineering Research, Management
and Applications (SERA), 10-12 August 2011, Baltimore, MD.
Ackers, F., Davani, D. “Engineering a Cognitive Robotics Platform “, SERA, 10-12
August 2011, Baltimore, MD.
Ackers, F., Davani, D., Avery,E., Kelly,T. “Multi-layered logic bases for attention
systems in robotics”, BRIMS, 13-17 March 2011, Salt lake, Utah.
Technical reports and regular presentations of the research results to ARL titled”
Using Cognitive Architectures to Improve Robot Control, integrating neural network
and Tele robotics design, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, 2006-08, 2010-11.
Research Project Report “Developing a computer program for estimating dose in hyperthyroid
patients treated with iodine-131” with Brian E. Moroz, Towson University Graduate
School, May, 2009.
Research project Report “A Human Robot Interaction (HRI): using MS robotics Studio
to develop an autonomous robot to recognize the objects and interact with human oral
commands”, Towson University, Dec., 2008.
Avery, E., Kelly, T., Davani, D. “Using Cognitive Architectures to Improve Robot Control:
Integrating Production Systems, Semantic Networks, and Sub-Symbolic Processing”, BRIMS
2006, May 15-19, Baltimore, MD
Davani, D, 2005, Avery, E.“Using Visual Object Recognition Algorithms into A Fully
Autonomous Cognitive Architecture”, Technical report, ARL, Aberdeen Proving Ground,
Trjkovski, G., Davani, D., Williams, G., Stamete, D., Gudzenko, G., Bittner, D4,“
From Popsicle to Carol in a semester”, 2004 AAAI Sympostium, March 22-24, Stanford,
Davani, D., Trajkovski, G. “Discrete-Event Simulation Models with JAVAJDBC/RMI” ANNI
2003, Nov., 2003, St. Louis, MS.
Trajkovski, G., Davani, D., “Observing emerging phenomena in Limitation-Based Multi
agent Environment”, ANNIE 2003, Nov., 2003, St. Louis, MS.
Davani, D., Rosenberg, L., Trajkovski, G.., “A Model for Error Estimation” SCS Summer
Simulation Multi conference, 2003, Montreal, Canada.
Davani, D., Trajkovski,G., “Incorporating Robotics into the Undergraduate CS Environment”,
World Conference on Educational Multimedia,Telecommunications, 1 682-1685, 2003, Honolulu,
Trajkovski, G., Davani, D., Stojanov, G., Williams, G., “Investigating Learning in
Biologically-Inspired Artificial Agents: The POPSICLE Experiment” 14th Annual Mid-Atlantic
Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, 2003, Cincinnati.
Davani, D., “Enhancing Reliability Growth Models for Error Detection Trends and Relative
manpower Utilization” Technical report, GSFC/ASEE, I 998, 1 999, Greenbelt, MD.
Mikalaou, A., Gaus, M., Davani, D., “Use of GIS-Based Probabilistic Simulation for
Predicting Regional Earthquake Ground Motions”, (ICSEE’98), pp. 29 1 -297, 1 998,
San Diego, CA.
Mikalaou, A., Gaus, M., Davani, D., “GIS-Based Simulation of Regional Attenuation
of Time History Earthquake Signature “(ICSEE’97), pp 89-194, 1997, Phoenix, Arizona.
Davani, D., “Optimization of Discrete-Event Static Computer Simulation Models: Score
(Likelihood Ratio) Method”, Fifth SIAM Conference on Optimization, 1 996, British
Davani, D., Arsham, H., “A Secant-Based Approach to the Goal Seeking Problem arising
in Monte-Carlo Experiments”, Modeling and Simulation, lASTED, I 995, Pittsburgh, PA.
Arsham, H., Davani, D., “A Warm Start Dual Simplex Algorithm for the Network Shortest
Path Problem with Structural Sensitivity Analysis”, 3rd ORSA Telecommunications Conference,
I 995, Boca Raton, Fla.
Davani, D., “Parametric What-ifAnalysis in MTTF: A Single-Run Monte-Carlo Based Approach”,
Journal of Microelectronic & Reliability, I994, Vol. 34, pp. 275-281.
Arsham, H., Davani, D.Yu, J. B., “A Linear Symbolic-Based Approach to Matrix Inversion”,
Journal of Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, 1993, Vol.35, No.6, pp. 493-500.
Davani, D., “Variance Reduction Techniques in Discrete-Event System Simulation: A
Survey with Some Extensions, Modeling and. Simulation”, 1992, Vol.23, Part 4, pp.1807-1814.
Davani, D., “Performance Interpolation for Computer Simulation Models: A Simulation
Based Approach” Proceedings of Association for Computer Machinery, 1992, pp. 501-508.
Member of Towson University Committees (Grand Marshal, President Honorary Degree,
faculty Marshal, Elections, Information and Instructional Technology of the University
Senate; Grievance and Mediation; University Senate; Provost and Vice President for
Academic Affairs search; Dean Search).
Participated in technical meetings and Presented Technical results of the robotic
research grants at ARL, Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), MD, 2006-15.
Participated in Homeland Security: Detect and protect Showcase, APG, MD, 2006.
Participated in APG I TEDCO Technology showcase, APG, MD, 2006 -07.
Participated in SIGCSE 2005 Symposium Program and workshop on Introductory Lego Mindstorms
for Introductory Computer Science, St. Louis, MA, 2005.
Participated in Robotic and Automotive Technologies for the Marketplace, Aberdeen
Proving Ground, MD, 2004.
Member of the review panel for 2003 and 2004 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate
research Fellowship Programs.
General Chair for the International Conferences on Simulation and Multimedia in Engineering
Education, (ICSEE’98) ofSCS, San Diego CA, 1998 and (ICSEE197), 1997, Phoenix, AZ.
Editor of the Proceedings of the 1998 and 1997 International Conference on Simulation
and Multimedia in Engineering Education, SCS, ISBN: 1-56555-142-7, and Vol.28, No.1
ACM and SCS
Projects and Thesis Advisor:
Fisher College of Science and Mathematics Undergraduate Research Grants advisor for
several (10+) students, Towson University Undergraduate Research Grants advisor for
several students, 30 + Graduate Projects, 4 Graduate Theses, and 2 Doctoral Dissertations.