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Charles M. Macal

Chief Scientist & Social and Behavioral Systems, Group Leader


Charles Macal applies computational modeling and simulation tools to complex systems to solve problems in a variety of fields, including energy and national security.

He is the chief scientist for the Argonne Resilient Infrastructure Initiative, and is a principal investigator for the development of the widely used Repast agent-based modeling toolkit.

He has Appointments at the University of Chicago Computation Institute and the Northwestern-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering. He is adjunct professor at the University of Chicago, where he teaches a course on Complex Adaptive Systems for Threat Management and Emergency Preparedness.

He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Illinois and holds software copyrights for two systems: ELIST (Enhanced Logistics Intra-theater Support Tool) and EMCAS (Electricity Market Complex Adaptive System).


  • B.S. Purdue University, 1974
  • M.S., Purdue University, 1975
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1989

Awards, Honors and Memberships

  • Association for Computing Machinery, Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation, Area Editor for Agent-based Modeling
  • Society for Computer Simulation International, Simulation Journal, Associate Editor