Systems Science

There are two fields which, nearly ritualistically, deliver graduates who believe they can do anything. This tends to involve a reckless disregard field boundaries, established norms, and anyone else’s feelings. These fields are mathematics and public policy. This is best illustrated by John W. Tukey’s famous quote, “The best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyone’s backyard.” My academic training in math and policy left me doomed to a life of messing around with any interesting idea.

A lot of this tends to fall under the heading of systems science, the study of dynamic systems, chaos, operations research, cybernetics and anything else involving complex systems. There’s some overlap with computer science here, but I generally keep them differentiated.

Publications and Presentations

Natalie M. Scala; James P. Howard, II (Ed.): Handbook of Military and Defense Operations Research. Chapman and Hall/CRC, Boca Raton, Florida, Forthcoming. (Type: Book | Links | BibTeX)
Don Thibeau; Heather Flannery; Adam Migus; James P. Howard, II: Identity and Trust. 2018 ONC Interoperability Forum, Security Track, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Washington, 2018. (Type: Conference | Links | BibTeX)
James P. Howard, II: Forecasting Artificial Earth Satellite Populations. 2018 Joint Statistical Meetings Vancouver, British Columbia, 2018. (Type: Conference | Links | BibTeX)
James P. Howard, II: Virtual Bumblebees Artificial Life Simulation. Journal of Open Source Software, 2 (13), pp. 256, 2017. (Type: Journal Article | Links | BibTeX)
James P. Howard, II: Review of Data-Driven Modeling & Scientific Computation: Methods for Complex Systems & Big Data by J. Nathan Kutz. Journal of Statistical Software, 67 (Book Review 1), pp. 1–3, 2015, ISSN: 1548-7660. (Type: Journal Article | Links | BibTeX)
James P. Howard, II: Virtual Bumblebees. MathFest 2015, Mathematical Association of America Washington, DC, 2015. (Type: Conference | Links | BibTeX)

Grants and Support

Principal Investigator: Travel Grant. Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Janney Energize Award 2019, ($6,500). (Type: Workshop | BibTeX)
Co-Investigator: ANTICS—Advanced Network Technology for Integrating Communications in Space. Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, (PIs: Dave Copeland and Ed Birrane), Propulsion Grant 2018, ($500,000). (Type: Workshop | BibTeX)
Co-Investigator: Blockchain for Supply Chain Management and Tracking of National Security Assets. Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, (PI: Jaime Arribas Starkey-El), Ignition Grant 2017, ($20,000). (Type: Workshop | BibTeX)
Co-Investigator: Marco Polo. Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, (PI: Romina Nikoukar), Propulsion Grant 2017, ($250,000). (Type: Workshop | BibTeX)
Co-Investigator: ANTICS—Advanced Network Technology for Integrating Communications in Space. Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, (PIs: Dave Copeland and Ed Birrane), Propulsion Grant 2017, ($350,000). (Type: Workshop | BibTeX)

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