Darush Davani


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1980 - 1985, Sc.D. Engineering and Applied Science, George Washington University, Washington D. C

1989 - 1991, M.S. Computer Science, Loyola University, Baltimore, MD

1978 - 1980, M.S Structural Engineering, George Washington University, Washington D. C

1977 - 1978, B.S. Civil Engineering, George Washington University, Washington, D. C

1971 - 1975, B.S. Mathematics, University of Ahvaz, Iran

Areas of Expertise

Mathematical Modeling, Computer Simulation, Robotics, Earthquake Engineering

Academic Appointments:

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.

Teaching Experience:

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”, 2011-12.

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 Issues,

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., 2004-2005

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, Greenbelt, MD.

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.

Selected Publications:

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, CA.

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, MD.

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, CA.

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, Hawaii.

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 Function

(Likelihood Ratio) Method”, Fifth SIAM Conference on Optimization, 1 996, British Columbia, Canada.

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.

Synergistic Activities:

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

Professional Memberships:


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.