Dr. Levent Yilmaz
Computer Science and Software Engineering
Ginn College of Engineering
Auburn University
Email: yilmaz@auburn.edu

Quote "Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes." 
E. W. Dijkstra

  Selected Activities and Awards 
  • Fellow, Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS).
  • Editor-in-Chief of the Simulation: Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (2008 - 2016).
  • Associate Editor of the Journal of Simulation (2021 - present)
  • Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Simulation and Process Modeling  (2004-present).
    Associate Editor of the International Journal of Engineering Education  (2006 - present).
  • Associate Editor of the Springer Complex Adaptive Systems Modeling Journal (2012 - 2020).
  • Associate Editor of the Simulation & Gaming Journal (2008 - 2016).
  • Elected Member of the Board of Directors of Society for Modeling and Simulation International (2006 - 2008, 2009 - 2011, 2011 - 2013).
  • Vice President for Publications of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (2011 - 2013).
  • Distinguished Service Award, Society for Modeling and Simulation International, 2012, 2016.
  • Distinguished Professional Achievement Award, Society for Modeling and Simulation International, 2011.
  • Auburn University External Consulting Award, Auburn University, 2010.
  • Member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Honor Society in Computing Sciences.
  • Founding Organizer and General Chair of the annual Agent-directed Simulation Symposium series (2005-2014)

Levent Yilmaz is the Alumni Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University.

  Research Interests 

Theory & Methodology 

  • Agent-Directed Simulation - Agent Simulation, Agent-Monitored Simulation, Agent-Supported Simulation
  • Model-Driven Science and Engineering for Computational Discovery
  • Self-Organizing and Adaptive Systems
Multi-Agent Systems - Distributed AI, Collective Intelligence, Cognitive Architectures, Collaborative Problem Solving and Learning

Complex Adaptive Systems  -  Computational explorations in socio-technical, cognitive, cultural systems:  Science of science and innovation policy, systems models of collective creativity, computational models of scientific discovery, conflict simulation, computer simulation of projects, organizations, communities, and processes.


  • COMP 7740: Complex Adaptive Systems
  • COMP 8700: Agent-Directed Simulation
  • COMP 7790: Model-Driven Engineering
  • COMP 3700: Software Modeling & Design
   Selected Publications  

Complete list is available here
  • Zhang, Z., L. Yilmaz, and B. Liu (2023) “Critical Review of Inductive Logic Programming Techniques for Explainable AI," IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems. https://doi.org/10.1109/TNNLS.2023.3246980 
  • Scherer W., M. Loper, A. Tolk, P. Barry, G. Rabadi, and L. Yilmaz (2023). “Chances and Challenges of ChatGPT and Similar Models for Education in M&S," in Proceedings of the 2023 IEEE/ACM Winter Simulation Conference, December 10-13, San Antonio, TX.
  • Yilmaz L. and Bo Liu (2022). “Model Credibility Revisited: Concepts and Considerations for Appropriate Trust," Journal of Simulation, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 312-325.
  • Yilmaz L. (2022). “Understanding Narrative-driven Intergroup Conflict Dynamics using
    Computational Cognitive Coherence Maps," Social Science Computer Review, vol. 40,
    no. 5, pp. 1285-1301.

  • Lyu D., F. Yang F, H. Kwon., W. Dong, L.Yilmaz, and B. Liu (2022) “TDM: Trustworthy Decision-Making via Interpretability Enhancement," IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 450-461
  • Zou, G., J. Tang, and L. Yilmaz (2022). “Online Food Ordering Delivery Strategies based on Deep Reinforcement Learning," Applied Intelligence, vol. 52, no. 6, pp. 6853-6865.
  • Rodriguez B. and L. Yilmaz (2020). “Learning Rule-Based Explanatory Models from Exploratory Multisimulation for Robust Decision-Support Under Uncertainty," in Proceedings of the 2020 IEEE/ACM Winter Simulation Conference, pp. 2293-2304. December 13-16, Orlando, Florida.
  • Yilmaz L. (2019) A Quantum Cognition Model for Simulating Ethical Dilemmas among Multi-perspective Agents, Journal of Simulation, DOI: 10.1080/17477778.2019.1603090.
  • O'Mahony A., P. K. Davis, S. Appling, M. E. Brashears, E. Briscoe, K. M. Carley, J. M. Epstein, [...], A. Tolk, R. Vardavas, and L. Yilmaz (2019). ``Panel Discussion: Moving Social-Behavioral Modeling Forward," chapter 33 in Social-Behavioral Modeling for Complex Systems, pp. 753-787. Wiley.
  • Yilmaz L. and S. Sivaraj (2019).  "A Cognitive Architecture for Verifiable System Ethics via Explainable Autonomy," in Proceedings of the 2019 Annual IEEE International Systems Conference. April 8-11, Orlando, FL.
  • Yilmaz L., A. Franco-Watkins, and T. S. Kroecker (2017). "Computational Models of Ethical Decision-Making: A Coherence-Driven Reflective Equilibrium Model," Cognitive Systems Research, vol. 46, December 2017, pp. 61-74.
  • Yilmaz L., S. Chakladar, K. Doud, A. E. Smith, A. Teran-Somohano, H. Oguztuzun, S. Cam, O. Dayibas, and B. K. Gorur (2017). "Models as Self-Aware Cognitive Agents and Adaptive Mediators for Model-Driven Science," in Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE/ACM Winter Simulation Conference, pp. 1300-1311. December 3-6, 2017. Las Vegas, NV.
  • Doud K. and L. Yilmaz (2017). "A Framework for Formal Automated Analysis of Simulation Experiments using Probabilistic Model Checking," in Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE/ACM Winter Simulation Conference, pp. 1312-1323. December 3-6, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Yilmaz L. (2017). "Verification and Validation of Ethical Decision-Making in Autonomous Systems," in Proceedings of the 2017 Modeling and Simulation of Complexity in Intelligent, Adaptive and Autonomous Systems (MSCIAAS) Symposium of the Spring Simulation Multiconference}. April 23-27, 2017, Virginia Beach, VA.
  • Yilmaz L., A. Franco-Watkins, and T. S. Kroecker (2016).  "Coherence-Driven Reflective Equilibrium Model of Ethical Decision-Making," in Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE International Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Cognitive Methods in Situation Awareness and Decision Support (CogSIMA), pp. 42-48. March 21-25, 2016, San Diego, CA
  • Yilmaz L., F. Darema, R. Fujimoto, S. J. E. Taylor (2014). "Panel: The Future of Research in Modeling and Simulation," in Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE/ACM Winter Simulation Conference, pp. 2797-2811. December 7-10, Savannah, Georgia.