Stephen Davies, Associate Professor of Computer Science, earned a Ph.D. (2005) in Computer Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder, after having received an M.S. (1995) in Electrical Engineering from Colorado and a B.S. (1992) in Electrical Engineering from Rice University. He joined the UMW faculty in 2006, and has taught courses in database schema theory, Web application development, computational science, data mining, and object-oriented analysis & design, among other topics.
Dr. Davies performed pioneering research in the development of Personal Knowledge Bases (PKBs), electronic tools that help users express and persist mental impressions. Tied in with this work was his investigative development of user interfaces to the Semantic Web, which is an extension of the World Wide Web that enables machines to reach automated conclusions about user-generated content.
Currently, Dr. Davies works in the field of modeling and simulation, building and analyzing virtual replicas of real-world phenomena in order to understand their emergent complex behavior. Two of his recent projects in this interdisciplinary area involve an agent-based model of racial diversity on college campuses, and an intergenerational simulation of wealth distribution in the United States. He is also developing an ecological simulation of a rare Virginia tidal wetlands plant, to understand the factors that may lead to its being endangered.
Dr. Davies’s work has appeared in Communications of the ACM and IEEE Computer, the flagship publications of the two premier academic and professional societies in computer science. He has presented at numerous academic conferences, including the International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications, the ACM Symposium on Computer Science Education, and the International Conference on Semantic Systems.
Stephen Davies in the News
- Crawford, Davies and Griffith Publish Ecological Model in International JournalStephen Davies, associate professor of computer science, Alan Griffith, professor of biological science and Michael Crawford from the class of 2014, published their modeling research article, titled "Predicting metapopulation responses of a tidal wetland annual to environmental stochasticity and water dispersal through an individual-based model." The article currently appears in the journal "Ecological... Read more »
- Davies and Brown Publish Racial Diversity Simulation PaperStephen Davies, associate professor in computer science and UMW alumna Morgan Brown (computer science, mathematics) have had their research paper "Toward an agent-based simulation of the factors impacting diversity within a college student body" accepted to the 47th Winter Simulation Conference, the premier academic forum for simulation research in the... Read more »
- Taking on TwitterIs it a human or a Twitter bot? Researchers from the University of Mary Washington and the Naval Surface Warfare Center want to know for sure. UMW computer science majors Bryan Holster and Chris Zimmerman, under the guidance of Professor Stephen Davies, have teamed with scientists at the center’s Dahlgren division to... Read more »
- UMW Students and Faculty Collaborate with Dahlgren ResearchersEight University of Mary Washington students have received hands-on guidance this semester from mentors at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren. The students shared the results of their undergraduate research projects during poster presentations on Wednesday, April 30 at UMW’s Dahlgren campus. UMW professors Debra Hydorn, Melody Denhere and... Read more »