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Curtis Lee Blais

Faculty Associate - Research
Computer Science
Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences

Phone: (831) 656-3215

Overview

Mr. Blais has over 45 years of experience in modeling and simulation for the Department of Defense including project management, software engineering, software development, M&S education, and M&S standards development.
Education
  • PhD - NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL 2018
    Major: Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation
    Dissertation Title: Rich Semantic Track (RST) Ontology: Unified Semantics and Pragmatics for Track Data Interchange
NPS Experience
  • 2016 - current: AD-5
  • 1999 - 2016: AD-3
Other Experience
  • 1992 - 1999 Manager, Modeling and Simulation Department, VisiCom Laboratories, San Diego, CA
  • 1980 - 1992 Software Engineer, Project Manager, Department Manager, Systems Exploration Incorporated, San Diego, CA
  • 1974 - 1980 OR/Mathematician, Software Engineer, Naval Electronics Laboratory Center (now Naval Information Warfare Center), San Diego, CA
Research Interests
Combat Modeling
Semantic Web Technologies
Knowledge Representation
Agent-Based Simulation
Modeling Unmanned Systems
Modeling Human-Robot Teams
Teaching Interests
Combat Modeling
Simulation Interoperability
Simulation Development
Extensible Markup Language
Semantic Web

Awards

  • 2018 - Individual Cash Award Ratings-Based, Naval Postgraduate School
  • 1995 - Ron Piret Award, VisiCom Laboratories

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • 2000 Member, Society for Computer Simulation International
  • 1993 Member, IEEE
  • 1990 - 2016 Member, ACM

Scholarly Work

Publications
  • Book Chapter
  • Hall, S. B., & Blais, C. L, (2017). Modeling Social System Resiliency: An Agent-Based Multiscale Approach. Modeling Sociocultural Influences on Decision Making: Understanding Conflict, Enabling Security (pp. 473-494). Boca Raton, FL Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
  • Darken, R. P., & Blais, C. L, (2017). The Uniformed Military Modeling and Simulation Professional. The Profession of Modeling and Simulation: Discipline, Ethics, Education, Vocation, Societies, and Economics (pp. 151-166). Hoboken, NJ John Wiley & Sons, Inc..
  • Blais, C. L., & Buttrey, S. E, (2013). Recognizing Patterns of Anomie that Set the Conditions for Insurgency. Advances in Design for Cross-Cultural Activities, Part 1 (pp. 63-73). Boca Raton, FL CRC Press.
  • Blais, C. L, (2007). Knowledge Representation for Military Mobility Decision-Making by Humans and Intelligent Software: The Mobility Common Operational Picture Data Model and Ontology. Extending the Horizons: Advances in Computing, Optimization, and Decision Technologies (pp. 247-266). New York, NY Springer.
  • Journal Article
  • Brutzman, D. P., Blais, C. L., & Davis, D. T, (2018). Ethical Mission Definition and Execution for Maritime Robots Under Human Supervision. Journal of Oceanic Engineering, 2(43), 427-443.
  • Hall, S. B., & Blais, C. L, (2015). Understanding Sector Dependencie s in the Stabilization and Reconstruction of Nation-States. Procedia Manufacturing 3, (3), 6607 – 6614.
  • Blais, C. L., Burks, R. E., Jaye, M. J., & Thompson, M. F, (2011). Irregular warfare (IW) model validation best practices guide. TRADOC Analysis Center, (11).
  • Blais, C. L., & Gera, R, (2009). Panel 4-Search and Storage Techniques for Enabling Software Reuse..
  • Newsletter
  • Blais, C. L, (2015). Representation of Unmanned Systems in Naval Analytical Modeling and Simulation: What are we really simulating?
  • Dissertation
  • Blais, C. L, (2018). Rich Semantic Track (RST) Ontology: Unified Semantics and Pragmatics for Track Data Interchange.
  • Technical Report
  • Blais, C. L, MSG-127 Reference Architecture for Human Behavior Modelling.
  • Blais, C. L, (2016). Unmanned Systems Interoperability Standards.
  • Blais, C. L., & McGregor, D. R, (2016). Modeling Manned and Unmanned Systems.
  • Blais, C. L, (2016). Investigating a Linked Open Data Model for Unmanned Systems Research and Development Portfolio Management.
  • (2015). Governance Innovation for Security and Development: Recommendations for US Army Civil Affairs 38G Civil Sector Officers.
Presentations
  • Blais, C. L. (Presenter), "Combat Modeling Projects". (July 1, 2011).
  • Blais, C. L. (Presenter), "Recognizing Patterns of Anomie that Set the Conditions for Insurgency". (July 1, 2011).
  • Keynote/Plenary Address
  • Blais, C. L. (Author & Presenter), Modeling and Simulation for Autonomous Systems (MESAS), "Challenges in Representing Human-Robot Teams in Combat Simulations," NATO Modeling and Simulation Center of Excellence, Italy. (June 1, 2016).
  • Oral Presentation
  • Blais, C. L. (Author & Presenter), Technical Interchange with Raytheon Missile System engineers, "Rich Semantic Track (RST) Ontology: Unified Semantics and Pragmatics for Track Data Interchange," Naval Postgraduate School, AZ, United States. (October 28, 2019).
  • Blais, C. L. (Presenter), CS4900 Thesis Topic Presentation, "MOVES Research and Related Thesis Topics in Combat Modeling". (October 21, 2019).
  • Blais, C. L. (Presenter), Naval Interoperability Profile Tracks Topic Team, "Rich Semantic Track (RST) Ontology: Unified Semantics and Pragmatics for Track Data Interchange," NAVAIR. (May 1, 2019).
  • Blais, C. L. (Presenter), CRUSER Monthly Seminar, "Unmanned Systems Interoperability: CRUSER 2019 Project Progress Report," CRUSER. (April 1, 2019).
  • Blais, C. L. (Presenter), Data Science Forum, "Rich Semantic Track (RST) Ontology: Unified Semantics and Pragmatics for Track Data Interchange," NAVAIR, Webinar. (February 1, 2019).
  • Blais, C. L., COMBATXXI Advisory Board (CAB), "Naval Postgraduate School COMBATXXI Activities: Report to the COMBATXXI Advisory Board (CAB)," USMC, TRAC-WSMR. (October 4, 2018).
  • Blais, C. L. (Presenter), Modeling and Simulation Forum, "Rich Semantic Track (RST) Ontology: Unified Semantics and Pragmatics for Track Data Interchange," NIWC, Webinar. (October 1, 2018).
  • Blais, C. L., Fall 2018 Simulation Innovation Workshop, "C2SIM Product Support Group (PSG) Update to SISO Community," FL. (September 13, 2018).
  • Blais, C. L., Fall 2018 Simulation Innovation Workshop, "Using Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) to create an XML Schema from the C2SIM OWL Ontology," FL. (September 13, 2018).
  • Blais, C. L. (Moderator), Military Operations Research Society Symposium, "Special Meeting of the MORS Modeling and Simulation Community of Practice (M&S CoP)," MORS, NPS, CA. (June 20, 2018).
  • Balogh, I. (Author & Presenter), & Blais, C. L. (Author), 86th MORS Symposium, "Modeling and Simulation Education for Today's Military Professionals," MOVES Inst - Naval Postgraduate School, Naval Postgraduate School, United States. (June 20, 2018).
  • Blais, C. L. (Author), COMBATXXI Model Users' Group, "Designing Behaviors with Event Graphs and Hierarchical Task Networks," TRAC-WSMR, NM. (March 14, 2018).
  • Blais, C. L. (Author & Presenter), & Brutzman, D. P. (Author), AAAI Fall Symposium Series, "Rational Behavior Model (RBM) and Human-Robot Ethical Constraints Using Mission Execution Ontology," VA. (November 9, 2017).
  • Blais, C. L., SPAWAR HQ M&S Forum, "Rich Semantic Track (RST) Ontology: Unified Semantics and Pragmatics for Track Data Interchange," SPAWAR, teleconference. (October 28, 2017).
  • Blais, C. L., Military Operations Research Society Symposium, "COMBATXXI Improvements for Representing Operations in Urban Environments," Military Operations Research Society, United States Military Academy, United States. (June 1, 2017).
  • Balogh, I. L. (Author), & Blais, C. L. (Author), 85th Military Operations Research Society Symposium, "AUTOMATED FIRE SUPPORT PLANNING," MORS, NY, United States. (June 1, 2017).
  • Balogh, I. L. (Author), & Blais, C. L. (Author), 85th Military Operations Research Society Symposium, "An Accessible Research Platform for Combat Behavior Development," MORS, NY, United States. (June 1, 2017).
  • Balogh, I. L. (Author), & Blais, C. L. (Author), 85th Military Operations Research Society Symposium, "Automated Planning for Simulations," MORS, NY, United States. (June 1, 2017).
  • Balogh, I. L. (Author & Presenter), Blais, C. L. (Author), Reeves, D. E. (Author), & Stork, K. A. (Author), MORS Emerging Techniques Special Meeting, "Adapting Combat Modeling and Analysis Techniques to National Security Concerns," Military Operations Research Society, Hilton Mark Center, VA, United States. (December 7, 2016).
  • Blais, C. L. (Presenter), COMBATXXI Model Users Group, "Applying Hierarchical Task Networks for Behavior Design and Implementation," TRAC-WSMR, TRAC White Sands Missile Range, NM, United States. (August 1, 2016).
  • Blais, C. L. (Presenter), COMBATXXI Model Users Group, "Challenges in Distinguishing Human Systems and Unmanned Systems in Combat Simulations," TRAC-WSMR, TRAC White Sands Missile Range, NM, United States. (August 1, 2016).
  • Blais, C. L. (Presenter), CRUSER Technical Continuum, "Challenges in Distinguishing Manned from Unmanned Systems in Combat Models," Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned System Education and Research, Naval Postgraduate School, CA, United States. (July 1, 2016).
  • Blais, C. L. (Presenter), CRUSER Technical Continuum, "Government-Owned Software for Robotics Education and Research," Consortium for Robotic and Unmanned System Education and Research, Naval Postgraduate School, CA, United States. (July 1, 2016).
  • Blais, C. L. (Presenter), 84th Military Operations Research Society Symposium, "Representing Human-Robot Teams in COMBATXXI," Military Operations Research Society, VA, United States. (June 1, 2016).
  • Blais, C. L. (Author & Presenter), 84th Military Operations Research Society Symposium, "Tools for Generating Engagement Data for COMBATXXI," Military Operations Research Society, VA, United States. (June 1, 2016).
  • Blais, C. L. (Author), & Balogh, I. L. (Author & Presenter), 84th Military Operations Research Society Symposium, "Using Unity3D to Prototype Hierarchical Task Networks for Specifying Behaviors in COMBATXXI," MORS, VA, United States. (June 1, 2016).
  • Blais, C. L. (Presenter), MOVES Academic Working Group, "Distinguishing Human Systems from Unmanned Systems in Combat Simulations," MOVES, Naval Postgraduate School, CA, United States. (May 1, 2016).
  • Blais, C. L. (Presenter), MOVES Academic Working Group, "Future of M&S Education: Where Does MOVES Fit In?," MOVES Institute, Naval Postgraduate School, CA, United States. (May 1, 2016).
  • Blais, C. L. (Presenter), COMBATXXI Advisory Board, "Investigating Integration of Knowledge Representation and Automated Reasoning in Entity Behaviors and Decision-Making," MOVES Institute, Naval Postgraduate School, CA, United States. (February 1, 2016).
  • Blais, C. L. (Presenter), COMBATXXI Advisory Board, "Certificate of Networthiness: Monterey Extensions to COMBATXXIStatus of Submission/Review," MOVES Institute, Naval Postgraduate School, CA, United States. (February 1, 2016).
  • Blais, C. L., Military Operations Research Society Symposium, "Representation of Unmanned Systems in Naval Analytical Simulations," Military Operations Research Society, VA, United States. (June 1, 2015).
  • Blais, C. L., CRUSER Technical Conference, "Representation of Unmanned Systems in Naval Analytical Simulations," NPS, NPS, CA, United States. (March 1, 2015).
  • Paper
  • Blais, C. L. (Author & Presenter), 2019 Simulation Innovation Workshop, "A Robotics and Autonomous System Use Case to Guide Specification of the Command and Control Systems - Simulation Systems Interoperation," Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization, FL, United States. (February 1, 2019).
  • Blais, C. L., 2019 Simulation Innovation Workshop, "From Information Description to Information Understanding: The Role of Ontology in Emerging SISO Standards," Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization, FL, United States. (February 1, 2019).
  • Blais, C. L. (Author & Presenter), 2019 Simulation Innovation Workshop, "A Transformation Process for Generating an Extensible Markup Language (XML) Schema from a Formal Ontology for Practical Application in C2SIM Implementations," Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization, FL, United States. (February 1, 2019).
  • Blais, C. L. (Author), & Balogh, I. L. (Author), 2017 Winter Simulation Conference, "Conceptual Framework for an Automated Battle Planning System in Combat Simulations," ACM/SIGSIM, IISE (Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers), INFORMS-SIM and SCS (Society for Modeling and Simulation International), with Technical Co-Sponsorship from ASA (American Statistical Association), ASIM (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Simulation), IEEE/SMC (Systems, Man and Cybernetics) and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), Red Rock Casino Resort, NV, United States. (December 3, 2017).
  • Blais, C. L. (Author & Presenter), Simulation Innovation Workshop, "Standard for Unmanned System Interoperability," Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization, FL, United States. (September 1, 2016).
  • Blais, C. L. (Author), Brutzman, D. P. (Author & Presenter), & Davis, D. T. (Author), OCEANS 2016, "Ethical Mission Definition and Execution for Maritime Robotic Vehicles: A Practical Approach," MTS/IEEE, CA, United States. (September 1, 2016).
  • Blais, C. L. (Author & Presenter), & Balogh, I. L. (Author), MORSS, "Investigating Integration of Knowledge Representation and Automated Reasoning in Entity Behavior and Decision Making in the Combined Arms Analysis Tool for the 21st Century (COMBATXXI)," MORS, VA, United States. (June 22, 2015).
  • Balogh, I. L. (Author), & Blais, C. L. (Author & Presenter), MORSS, "Modeling Dynamic Tactical Behaviors in COMBATXXI using Hierarchical Task Networks," MORS, VA, United States. (June 22, 2015).