Christopher L. Simpkins

Ph.D. Candidate

Email: chris dot simpkins at gatech dot edu

Chris Simpkins is a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science under Dr. Charles Isbell. Mr. Simpkins completed his Master of Science in Computer Science in 2004 specializing in Artificial Intelligence. A 1990 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Mr. Simpkins's background includes research, software engineering, flying, and teaching -- as a classroom instructor and as an instructor pilot. During his 13 years as a professional software engineer in private industry, the military, and applied research, he built and delivered dozens of successful enterprise-scale and single-user systems, mostly as chief architect or lead software engineer. As a researcher, Mr. Simpkins has applied machine learning to text analysis, radio emmiter identification, automated antenna design, and adaptive agent technology. Mr. Simpkins is currently focused on basic research to enable the engineering of robust, large-scale intelligent agent software. To this end he is creating a programming language that represents a new adaptive agent paradigm. His language -- AFABL (A Friendly Adaptive Behavior Language) -- will have broad implications for games, simulations, and intelligent software in general.

Spring 2014 Teaching

Research Interests

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Programming Languages, Multi-agent Systems, Computer Science Education. Read more.


Ph.D., College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, In Progress
M.S., Computer Science, Southern Polytechnic State University, 2004
B.S., U.S. Air Force Academy, 1990


In addition to computer science I enjoy chess, mountain biking, scuba diving, wrestling, and ballet. .