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William G. Kennedy

Research Assistant Professor
Center for Social Complexity
George Mason University
United States Virgin Islands

Biography

As a brief introduction, I am a Research Assistant Professor at George Mason University where I have been since the fall of 2008. I have already completed full careers in the Navy (30 years in the Submarine Service and the Naval Reserves) and with the federal government (Nuclear Regulatory Commission (10 yrs) then Department of Energy (15 yrs)). I earned a Ph.D. in Information Technology in 2003 (Artificial Intelligence) and retired from federal civil service two years later. I then did a 3 year post-doc at the Naval Research Laboratory in cognitive robotics, which changed my research interests toward Cognitive Science. My research is now in modeling our cognitive processes, such as learning and trust, and modeling human behavior in agent-based models of groups and societies. While my research home is the Center for Social Complexity in the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, I am also affilated with the College of Science's Department of Computational and Data Science and I teach for both the Computational Social Science program and the Department of Psychology.

Research Interest

Psychology, Computational and Data Science

Publications

  • Skoggard, I. and Kennedy, W.G. (2013) An Interdisciplinary Approach to Agent-Based Modeling of Conflict in Eastern Africa. Practicing Anthropology 35(1), pp 29-33.

  • Kennedy, W.G., Ihara, E.S., Tompkins, C.J., Wolf-Branigin, M.E. (2015) Computational Modeling of Caregiver Stress. Journal of Policy Studies and Complex Systems 2(1), pp 31-44.

  • Colletti, M., Hultquits, C., Kennedy, W.G., Cervone, G. (2017) Validating Safecast data by comparisons to a U. S. Department of Energy Fukushima Prefecture aerial survey. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 171, pp 9-20.

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