Meet a Student: Gary Bogle

Gary Bogle is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computational Social Science. His research interests lie in modeling social identity and status in agent-based models.

What is your background?

I have an MS in Computer Science and an MA in Political Science with a focus on International Relations and African Politics. Currently, I am a Software Engineer for the MITRE Corporation and I have programmed in Java, C/C++, Python, Erlang and Lisp.

Why did you choose CSS at GMU?

Mason offered the opportunity to combine my interests in social and computer science with outstanding faculty. I first heard about the program at Mason through its relationship with the Santa Fe Institute.

What courses have you done and what have you enjoyed about them?

Cognitive Foundations of Computational Social Science: exploration of psychology and how to properly represent it in computational models; Multiprocessing in ABMs: opportunity to learn how to leverage advanced computer technology in agent-based models; Social Network Analysis: we were able to turn our course project into a conference paper. In all the CSS courses, I enjoyed interacting with knowledgeable faculty and students.

What is your research area/PhD topic?

Examination through agent-based modeling of identity and status in the creation and maintenance of hierarchies during group collective action.