Scientific Experts

Wesley J. Wildman

Philosopher of Religion Wesley Wildman has worked on many aspects of science and religion. He is particularly interested in what light can be shed on religious behaviors, beliefs, and experiences from the biological and human sciences. Director of Boston University’s innovative humanities-science doctoral program in Religion and Science, he is deeply committed to multidisciplinary research and training. 

Saikou Diallo

Dr. Diallo is a Research Assistant Professor at the Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) of the Old Dominion University. He received his M.S. in Modeling & Simulation (2006) and his Ph.D. in M&S (2010) from ODU. His research focuses on the theory of interoperability as it relates to Model-based Data Engineering and Web Services for M&S applications. Dr. Diallo has authored or co-authored over fifty publications including a number of awarded papers and articles in conferences, journals and book chapters. He participates in a number of Modeling and Simulation related organizations and conferences and is currently the co-chair of the Coalition Battle Management Language drafting group, an M&S IEEE standard development group.

Ross Gore

Ross Gore is a research assistant professor at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) at Old Dominion University. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Richmond. His current work focuses on data science and predictive analytics. Ross is passionate about extracting useful information from new and diverse data sources to help inform decision making. The domains of the decisions can vary from public health and city planning to risk assessments related to extremist attacks. Recent research efforts include: (1) leveraging mobile phone data to inform public-health decisions, (2) identifying measures from Twitter content that explain the variance in the obesity rate across the United States, and (3) collaborating with CMAC on the Simulating Religion Project. 

LeRon Shults

Dr. F. LeRon Shults is Professor at the Institute for Global Development and Social Planning at the University of Agder and Scientific Director of the Center for Modeling Social Systems at NORCE in Kristiansand, Norway. His many books and articles address religion and human life in the context of the contemporary human and physical sciences. He is working with CMAC on extending the networks supporting the biocultural study of religion in a variety of research areas, including secularism, naturalism, compassion, and political and religious ideology.

Justin E. Lane

Justin Lane‘s (Ph.D., University of Oxford) research program concerns the stability of social systems from an evolutionary/economic perspective.  More specifically, he is interested in how social groups maintain stability and the evolutionary variables that contribute to their stability/instability, particularly focusing on new religious movement ritual stability and socio-economic variables concerning sectarian violence. He hopes to model these variables and their related cognitive mechanisms to create more accurate social artificial intelligence for the modeling of complex social environments. 


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