Tony Boyles is a Computational Social Scientist based in the Greater Washington D.C. Metro Area. Tony's interests lie primarily in developing tools to enable policymakers to make more informed decisions, both by observing the empirical record and by forecasting based upon history and the results of policy-dependent simulations. He's trained in Agent-Based Modeling, System Dynamic Modeling, Statistics, and Game Theory. He is currently a Computational Social Scientist for System of Systems Analytics Inc. He's previously worked on projects for the Georgia Tech Research Institute, the US Marine Corps, the Office of Naval Research, and the Federal Aviation Administration. He holds a Master's Degree in International Affairs and a Bachelor's in Computer Science. Read More

Anthony A. Boyles, Computational Social Scientist

Education

Degree Major(s) Institution Location Began Graduated
Master of Science in International Affairs International Conflict and Security Georgia Institute of Technology Sam Nunn School of International Affairs Atlanta, GA August 2010 December 2011
Bachelor of Arts International Studies and Computer Science Emory College of Arts and Sciences Atlanta, GA August 2007 May 2010
Associate of Arts Oxford College of Emory University Oxford, GA August 2006 August 2007

Employment

Title Company Location Date From Date To
Computational Social Scientist Modeler Analyst SoSACorp Fairfax, VA January 2014 Present
Web Applications Developer Concept Solutions llc Reston, VA July 2013 January 2014
Software Engineer Milcord llc Waltham, MA January 2012 June 2013
Graduate Research Assistant Georgia Tech Research Institute Atlanta, GA May 2011 December 2011
Research Assistant Emory University Atlanta, GA November 2009 June 2012
Teacher/Tutor Princeton Review Atlanta, GA January 2008 May 2012

Publications

  • Caglayan, Alper, Laura Cassani, Liz Mooney, Will Morgan, and Anthony Boyles."Semantic Technologies for Civil Information Management during Complex Emergencies". IEEE Technologies for Homeland Defense (2012).
  • Cassani, Laura, Alper Caglayan, Will Morgan, Liz Mooney, Anthony Boyles and Bryan Weiss. "Semantic Integration of Socio-Cultural Knowledge for Complex Operations". 4th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (2012).

Presentations

  • Boyles, Anthony and Joshua Cothran. "PolicyExplorer: A Platform for Aggregation, Analysis, and Reporting". GTRI Technical Seminar: Big Data, Analytics & HPC. December 9th, 2011.

Skills

Analysis Statistics, Qualitative Coding, System Dynamic Modeling, Agent-Based Modeling, GIS
Statistics Platforms R, SPSS, Microsoft Excel
Modeling and Simulation Stella, Netlogo
Scientific Programming R, Java, Python
Web Development PHP, Python, Java, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3
Preferred Libraries jQuery, jQueryUI, Backbone, Underscore/Lodash, OpenLayers
Data Storage MySQL, PostGreSQL, PostGIS, Oracle DB, MongoDB, CouchDB
Programming Tools Agile (Scrum) Methodology, Eclipse/Aptana, LAMP, git, Subversion, Mercurial, vim
Content Management Semantic Mediawiki, Drupal 7, Wordpress
Environments Debian-derivitive Linux, Microsoft Windows
Office Tools Microsoft Office, LibreOffice, Google Docs

Code

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About me

Hi, I'm Tony Boyles. I'm a Computational Social Scientist based in the Greater Washington D.C. Metro Area. I develop tools to enable policymakers to make more informed decisions, both by observing the empirical record and by forecasting based upon history and the results of policy-dependent simulations.

I graduated from Emory Univeristy in Atlanta with a double Major in Computer Science and International Studies in 2010. While there, I recieved training in Statistics, System Dynamic Modeling, and Game Theory. Afterwards, I went straight on to do a Master's of Science in International Affairs at Georgia Tech's Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, which gave me more opportunities to pursue studies in Statistics, System Dynamic Modeling, Agent-Based Modeling, Path Gaming, GIS, and Neural Networks.

While a graduate student, I worked for Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta, GA. After matriculating in late 2011, I moved to Boston and started working for Milcord llc. From there I married my college sweetheart and moved to Washington D.C.

I work for a small defense contractor called System of Systems Analytics, Inc., better known as "SoSACorp". My job title is "Computational Social Scientist". I work on both sides of the social science team: I help develop models based on empirical evidence from the literature, and then build tools to visualize the results.

In general, I'm not hung up on any of the technologies I regularly use. I believe in using the correct tool for the Job, taking into account the overhead of working in unfamiliar environments.

In the past I've also used Clojure, Java, C++, and C (plus a few others I'm too embarassed to mention).

My personal machine is a Dell XPS M1330 Laptop from 2009. I think I usually get more milage from my laptops than the average user. Before this I had a Dell Inspiron 1600 from 2006, which I only finally retired in 2012 because the bezel was badly broken, making it effectively importable.

My phone is a Republic Wireless Moto X, which I adore. I don't think I'll ever be able to function without Android, although I have moderately high hopes for Firefox OS and Ubuntu for Phones. We'll see.

On my work machine, I dual-boot Windows 7 with whatever the latest version of Ubuntu is. I write my code in Atom, use vim for incidental editing, and run anayltics using RStudio and the latest stable release of R.

My personal machine is running CrunchBang, and I'm totally in love with it. I try to keep as little as possible on my local machines so I don't have to worry about backups, crashes and whatnot. As such, I keep all my old stuff on Dropbox, and write all my new documents on Google Docs, unless I need to write it in LaTeX. I do all my recreational coding in Codio, and commit everything to repos in github.

In the near future, I'd' love a Steam Machine. Thanks to the magic of cloud computing, I'm generally able to complete the kinds of programming and analytics I need with average to sub-par hardware resources, but I love PC gaming. And I have never had a competitive PC for games, so I often find myself playing games on a severe delay. For example, I'm really looking forward to playing Skyrim, Borderlands 2, and Bioshock Infinite one of these days.

Longer term, I'm looking forward to the day when a phone is a superfluous member of our personal digital ecosystem. I'd much prefer a setup centered around Google Glass (and its up-and-coming competitor technologies), along with a powerful wrist-mounted device (hopefully integrated with a snazzy pedometer and personal temperature regulator before too long).

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