Charles Van Groningen

Computer Systems Engineer
- Decision and Information Sciences

Charles Van Groningen is a software developer and project manager specializing in the development and use of complex modeling and analysis tools. He led the development of a wide range of applications:

  • Military deployment, distribution, and deployment analysis by developing ELIST (Enhanced Logistics Intra-theater Support Tool);
  • Military bridge structure analysis by developing the Smart Bridge tool which assists military analysts remotely determine whether large vehicles traverse bridges; and
  • Public health emergency management plan analysis by developing and using the LPAT (Logistics and Process Analysis Tool) – evaluating responses to large scale emergencies such as hurricanes and earthquakes, responses to biological and chemical events requiring mass distribution of prophylaxis, and evaluating hospital emergency room operations to understand their surge capacities;
  • Mission planning systems for the Special Operations Command of the U.S. Military; and
  • Assessing environmental impacts by developing the IMPACTS module of the Energy Planning and Evaluation Program.

Memberships

  • Member, Military Operations Research Society

Publications and Patents

  • Van Groningen, C., Blachowicz, D., Braun, M.D., Love, R., Simunich, K. L., Widing, M. A., Modeling military deployment in theaters of operations - balancing deployment alternatives. Logistics Spectrum, 38(34): 21-26 (Oct-Dec 2004).
  • Van Groningen, C., Blachowicz, D., Braun, M.D. Widing, M. A., Performing comprehensive reception, staging, onward movement, and integration analysis in a theater of operations Mathematical and Computer Modeling, 39(6-8): 945-961 (Mar 2004).
  • Widing, M., Simunich, K., Blachowicz, D., Braun, M., Van Groningen, C., Object Oriented Layers in ELIST in CrossTalk, The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, 17(1): 23-26, (January 2004).
  • Van Groningen, C. N., and R. A. Paddock, Smart Bridge, Expert Bridge Classification System, Expert Systems with Applications, 13(2): 121-126 (1997).
  • Van Groningen, C., M. D. Braun, B. Craig, C. Olson, and K. L. Simunich, The Logistics Process Analysis Tool: Combining Agent-Based and Discrete Event Simulation Techniques for Improved Logistics Analysis, Proceedings of the 2010 Summer Computer Simulation Conference, pp.154-9 (July 2010).
  • Macal, C. M., C. N. Van Groningen, and M. D. Braun, Simulation of Transportation Movements over Constrained Infrastructure Networks, ANL/DIS/CP-85699, Proc. Society for Computer Simulation’s Simulation Multiconference: Simulation as a Critical Technology, 27(4): 97-102, Phoenix, Ariz. (April 9-13, 1995).
  • Macal, C. M., C. N. Van Groningen, M. A. Widing, and M. K. Duffy, Logistics Intra-Theater Support Tool for Course of Action Logistical Feasibility Analysis, Proc. Artificial Intelligence Applications for Military Logistics Symposium, pp. 68-73 (March 27-30, 1990).
  • Macal, C. M., C. N. Van Groningen, and M. K. Duffy, Logistics Feasibility Analysis Tools for Evaluating Courses of Action, ANL/CP-75209, Proc. U.S. Department of Defense Conference on Strategic Mobility Modeling: Looking to the Future, Santa Monica, Calif. (June 6-9, 1992).
  • Van Groningen, C. N., and R. A. Paddock, Smart Bridge: A Tool for Estimating the Military Load Classification of Bridges Using Varying Levels of Information, Argonne National Laboratory Report ANL/DIS/TM-37 (March 1997).
  • Peerenboom, J. P., et al., Summary of Requirements Collected and Prototype Systems Developed by Argonne National Laboratory in Support of the SOFPARS Program, Vol. 1: Overview of SOFPARS Requirements, Vol. 2: Appendixes A-D, Vol. 3: Appendixes E and F, Vol. 4: Appendixes G-N, Argonne National Laboratory Report ANL/EAIS/TM-70 (May 1992).
  • Van Groningen, C. N., P. L. Hewett Jr., Modeling Mass Dispensing of Prophylaxis using LPAT, presented at the 76th Military Operations Research Society Symposium, New London CT, (June 2008).
  • Van Groningen, C. N., Ph.D., M. D. Braun, B. Craig, C. Olsen, K. L. Simunich, E. T., Logistics Process and Analysis Tool: The power of combining software tools presented at the Agent 2007 Conference Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA (Nov 12-14, 2007).
  • Handke, G. W., M. S. Berry, C. N. Van Groningen, Modeling the Impact of Pharmaceutical Logistics on Disease Progression presented at the INFORMS Annual Meeting Seattle, Washington, (November 4, 2007).
  • Van Groningen, C. N., S. Stevens, M.D. Braun, C. Keyfauver, J. Tustin, Expanding Deployment Modeling into DPO (Deployment Process Owner) Modeling, presented at the 75th Military Operations Research Society Symposium, Monterrey CA, (June 2007).
  • Van Groningen, C. N., K. L. Simunich, Replacing the High Level Architecture (HLA) System with the Dynamic Information System (DIAS) for a Robust Deployment Simulation Federation, presented at the 72nd Military Operations Research Society Symposium, Monterrey CA, (June 2004).
  • Van Groningen, C. N., D. Barbour,  Modeling Theater RSO&I as an Integrated Component of the End-to-End Analysis of Mobility Platform presented at the 71st Military Operations Research Society Symposium  Marine Corps University, MCB Quantico, Virginia, (June 10-12, 2003).
  • Van Groningen, C. N., M. Bragen, J. Burke, Infrastructure Data Requirements to Support Military Deployment Analysis presented at the 71st Military Operations Research Society Symposium  Marine Corps University, MCB Quantico, Virginia, (June 10-12, 2003).
  • Van Groningen, C. N., D. Blachowicz, M. D. Braun, K. L. Simunich, and M. A. Widing, ELIST8: SIMULATING MILITARY DEPLOYMENTS IN JAVA presented at the International Association of Science and Technology for Development: Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing (IASTED 2002), Banff, Canada, (July 17-19, 2002), pp. 108-113.
  • Van Groningen, C. N., M. D. Braun, M. A. Widing, K. L. Simunich, H. J. VanderZee, Enhanced Logistics Intra-theater Support Tool: Modeling Reception, Staging, Onward movement and Integration, presented at the 68th Military Operations Research Society Symposium US Air Force Academy, Colorado, (June 20-22, 2000).
  • Van Groningen, C. N., C. M. Macal, M. D. Braun, and K. Matthews, Analyzing Theater Capabilities Using ELIST (the Enhanced Logistics Intra-Theater Support Tool), 62nd Military Operations Research Symposium, Colorado Springs, Colo. (June 7-9, 1994).