David M. Nicol


451 Coordinated Science Laboratory
1308 West Main Street
Urbana, IL 61801
217-244-1925 (voice)
dmnicol AT illinois.edu

Research Interests

  • Modeling and Simulation of Large-Scale Systems
  • Networks
  • Cyber-security and Cyber-risk assessment

Principle Investigator

Curriculum Vitae

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  • ECE 541 / CS 541 Computer Systems Analysis
  • ECE 422 / CS 461 Introduction to Information Assurance
  • ECE 220 Introduction to Computer Engineering I


National Renewable Energy Laboratory Cyber-security External Advisory Board, 2019-present
Sandia National Laboratories Energy and Homeland Security External Advisory Board, 2019-present
EiC IEEE Security and Privacy 2018-present
Discrete-Event System Simulation, 5th Edition
PADS Conference 2005 General Chair
Winter Simulation Conference 2006 General Chair
Winter Simulation Conference Executive Board 2008-2018
EiC ACM TOMACS 1996-2003

David M. Nicol

Herman M. Dieckamp Endowed Chair in Engineering
Director, Information Trust Institute
Director, Advanced Digital Sciences Center
Director, Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


2018-present UIUC, Director, Advanced Digital Sciences Center (Singapore)
2017-present UIUC, Director, Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute
2011-present UIUC, Director, Information Trust Institute
2003-present UIUC, Professor of ECE
2003-2003 Dartmouth College, Director Institute for Security Technology Studies
2002-2003 Dartmouth College, Assoc. Director ISTS
1996-2003 Dartmouth, Professor of CS and Chair
1987-1996 William and Mary, Assoc. Professor of CS
1985-1987 Institute for Computer Applications in Science and Engineering, Staff Scientist
1982-1985 Univ. of Virginia, MS, PhD (computer science)
1979-1982 Control Data Corporation, programmer/analyst
1975-1979 Carleton College , BA (math)

Media Exposure

PhD Progeny

Raja Das, Compilation Techniques for Irregular Problems on Parallel Machines

Dan Chrisman, Limits to Parallelism in Scientific Computing

L. Felipe Perrone, Rapid Simulation of Wireless Systems, Bucknell University

Brian Premore, An analysis of convergence properties of the Border Gateway Protocol using discrete event , Renesys Corporation

Jason Liu, Improvements in Conservative Parallel Simulations of Large-Scale Models, Florida International University

Guanhua Yan, Improving Large-Scale Network Traffic Simulation with Multi-Resolution Models, Binghamton University

Meiyuan Zhao (co-advised with Sean Smith @ Dartmouth), Performance Evaluation of Distributed Security Protocols using Discrete Event Simulation, Intel

Hamed Okhravi, Trusted and High Assurance Systems, MIT Lincoln Labs

Dong (Kevin) Jin, Network-simulation-based evaluation of smart grid applications, Illinois Institute of Technology

Yuhao Zheng, Large-scale and high-fidelity wireless network simulation and emulation, DataVisor

Rakesh Kumar, Programmable cyber networks for critical infrastructure, iManage