Executive Committee

The Executive Committee (EC) ensures that the activities of the Open Modeling Foundation further its vision, mission, and goals as expressed in the organizational charter. It oversees all elections and any other selection of individuals involved in OMF activities to ensure that qualified, ethical individuals who are dedicated to the foundation’s vision, mission, and goals are chosen to fill their roles in the OMF. It also oversees the Working Group activities to ensure that they are carrying out their respective responsibilities in an appropriate and effective manner, consistent with the vision, mission, and goals of the OMF.

Elected members of the EC serve staggered three-year terms.

Non-voting Members

Executive Director

Michael Barton


Michael Barton is a Professor in the School of Complex Adaptive Systems and in the School of Human Evolution & Social Change, and Director of the Center for Social Dynamics & Complexity at Arizona State University (USA). He also directs the Network for Computational Modeling in Social and Ecological Sciences (CoMSES.Net), an international scientific network to enable accessibility, open science, and best practices for computation in the socio-ecological sciences. His research centers around long-term human ecology and landscape dynamics, integrating computational modeling, geospatial technologies, and data science with geoarchaeological field studies. Barton has directed transdisciplinary research on hunter-gatherers and small-holder farmers in the Mediterranean and North America for over three decades, and collaborates on research on human-environmental interactions in the modern world. He is a member of the open-source GRASS GIS Development Team and Project Steering Committee, dedicated to making advanced geospatial technologies openly accessible to the world. Web page and CV at: http://www.public.asu.edu/~cmbarton

Administrative Coordinator

Laura Swantek


Laura Swantek is the project coordinator for the Network for Computation Modeling in Social and Ecological Sciences (CoMSES.Net) and an assistant research scientist in the School of Complex Adaptive Systems at Arizona State University. She conducts research on the emergence of social and economic inequality in middle-range society using small world network analysis and theory derived from complex adaptive systems. She also co-directs the Kourion Urban Space Project, an archaeological field project that addresses the impacts of natural disasters and social change in a 4th century AD city on the south coast of Cyprus.

Cyberinfrastructure Representative

Allen Lee


Allen Lee is a full stack software engineer who has been building cyberinfrastructure for computational social science at Arizona State University since 2006; projects include the Digital Archaeological Record, the Virtual Commons, the Social Ecological Systems Library, Synthesizing Knowledge of Past Environments (SKOPE), the Port of Mars, and CoMSES Net, where he serves as co-director and technical lead. He also works to improve the state of open, transparent, reusable, and reproducible computational science as a Carpentries certified instructor and maintainer for the Python Novice Gapminder lesson, and member of the Force 11 Software Citation Implementation Working Group and Consortium of Scientific Software Registries and Repositories.

Early Career Scholars Representative

To be announced later


Voting Members


Members Council Representatives

Min Chen


Min Chen is a professor and the Vice Director of Key Lab of Virtual Geographic Environment at Nanjing Normal University, China. His research interests are geographic modeling and simulation, virtual geographic environment. His research interests are geographic modeling and simulation, virtual geographic environment. He is the group leader of the Open Geographic Modeling and Simulation System (OpenGMS) team. OpenGMS supports sharing of modeling and simulation resources for geographic applications. This platform provides a virtual community for collaboration among researchers from various domains. Through open web-distributed resource sharing and collaboration, this platform further contributes to open geographic modelling and simulation to enable broader participation and exploration. Chen is also Chair of Modeling Geographic System Committee of International Geographical Union, Co-Chair of Education and Capacity Building for Digital Earth committee of the International Society for Digital Earth, Fellow of International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, and a Fellow of Royal Geographical Society.

Karin Frank


Karin Frank heads the Department for Ecological Modeling (OESA) at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig (Germany) and holds a joint Professorship with the Institute for Environmental Systems Research at the University of Osnabrück (Germany). Her research centers on modeling the structure, dynamics, functions and stability properties of ecological, eco-hydrological and social-ecological systems under the influence of global change (esp. climate, land use and institutional change). At the Helmholtz-Centre, her department focuses on terrestrial environmental modeling, earth observation and data science, along with the development and application of concepts, methodologies, tools and workflows in these fields. The aims of this research spans analysis of terrestrial environmental systems and the development of sustainable solutions for real-world problems in landscapes under transition. OESA has contributed substantially to the development of community standards for the description of social-environmental models, the use of models for effectively influencing decision-making in real-world contexts, and the operationalization of social theories of human behavior in models for social-ecological systems.

Bert Jagers


Bert Jagers is a Senior Advisor and Researcher at Deltares. His research focuses on software development that combines satellite data, machine learning, and numerical modeling to simulate and study earth surface processes–particular lyhydrology and biogeomorphology. He has worked at Delft Hydraulics and Deltares linking process knowledge to impact in rural, urban and coastal applications and helped lead development of the Deltares Delft3D open source modelling suite. He has also been active in international efforts initiatives for model coupling and data standardization.

Working Group Chairs

To be announced later


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