I study human behavior using agent-based simulations, statistical models, and machine learning techniques. Specifically, I have focused on human mobility and human behavior in cybersecurity. I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the department of Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Engineering at Old Dominion University and a student member of Simulate to Create research group at VMASC under the supervision of Dr. Padilla. See my research and publications.

Email:
hkavak {at} odu.edu

Office Address:
Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center
1030 University Boulevard
Suffolk, VA 23435

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2017

November

October

  • I am going to present my dissertation topic at the ODU's 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) challenge. The event will be held at the University Theatre at ODU on October 24, 2017 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

August

  • I have attended the Swarmfest 2017 and presented an introductory tutorial to CLOUDES. Chris Lynch presented our paper titled "Identifying Unexpected Behaviors of Agent-based Models through Spatial Plots and Heat Maps". Good conference, great discussions and exchange of ideas, and Joshua M. Epstein as the keynote speaker.

July

  • Our paper titled "Identifying Unexpected Behaviors of Agent-based Models through Spatial Plots and Heat Maps" is accepted for the Swarmfest 2017 conference.
  • Version 0.2.0 of my Human Mobility Modeling Utilities library is released on GitHub.

June
Our following two papers are accepted to the Winter Simulation Conference 2017

  • Incorporating Sound in Simulations
  • Storytelling and Simulation Creation

April
I have presented two papers in the Spring Simulation Multi-Conference 2017

  • CNS Symposium: The Spread of Wi-Fi Router Malware Revisited
  • DEMO Session: A Data-Driven Spatial Agent-Based Simulation Application With In-Memory Caching Support

March
Our submission titled "A Data-Driven Spatial Agent-Based Simulation Application With In-Memory Caching Support" was accepted for the M&S Demo Session in Spring Simulation Multi-Conference 2017.

January
Our Wi-Fi malware spread paper was accepted for the 20th Communications and Networking Simulation Symposium.


2016

December
Our teaching simulation using games paper was presented at the 2016 Winter Simulation Conference.

August
Our enhanced trace validation of agent-based models paper was published in the Sage journal SIMULATION: Transactions of The Society for Modeling and Simulation International.

July
Our cyber attacker modeling paper was presented at the 2016 Summer Simulation Conference.

April
I presented our cyber scenario characterization paper and human mobility framework poster at the 2016 Spring Simulation Conference at Pasadena, California, USA. My poster won the best presentation award.