Stephen Davies

Welcome!  I'm a lucky professor in the Computer Science department at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  My goal here is to connect with students in a myriad of different ways, investing in their lives and helping them to discover who they are and who they want to be.

More than anything, I'm devoted to the pursuit of truth and understanding, whether that has to do with technology, the inner workings of the mind, or discovering a philosophy of life.  If you're game, come join me on this quest!



allthemath A fun, non-traditional, self-paced curriculum that aims to teach All The Math You Need For Computer Science.
DATA 219Foundations for Data Science
CPSC 240Object-oriented Analysis & Design

Free software

anyfeed — A single-page RSS feed reader/aggregator Web application. (Replacement for Google Reader, which has been discontinued.) github.
Magpie — A Web application to help foreign language students memorize vocabulary. Hosted at github.
Mermaid — An academic planning application for UMW students.

Recent publications

Davies, S., "The Twin Impact of Homophily and Accessibility on Ideological Polarization", Presented at The Computational Social Science Society of the Americas annual conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Oct.19-22, 2017.
Davies, S., Zontine, H., "The Surprising Effect of Implementation Choices on the Rate of Convergence of Opinion Dynamics Models", To be presented at The Computational Social Science Society of the Americas annual conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Nov.17-20, 2016.
Davies, S., Brown, M., "Toward an Agent-Based Simulation of the Factors Impacting Diversity Within a College Student Body", Proceedings of the 47th Winter Simulation Conference (WSC15), Yilmaz, L. et al., Eds., Huntington Beach, CA, December 2015.
Crawford, M., Davies, S., Griffith, A., "Predicting Metapopulation Responses of a Tidal Wetland Annual to Environmental Stochasticity and Water Dispersal Through an Individual-based Model," to appear in Ecological Modelling.
Ruud, R., Davies, S., "Modeling Decentralized Price Fluctuations Through Agent-Based Recognition of Scarcity"  presented at the 89th Annual Conference of the Western Economic Association International (WEIA), Denver Colorado, June 2014.
Crawford, M., Davies, S., Griffith, A., "Estimating the Effects of Heterogeneous Competition in an Agent-based Ecological Model Using GIS Raster Color" (peer-reviewed research poster) Proceedings of the 45th Winter Simulation Conference (WSC13), Washington, D.C., December 2013.
Davies, S., "A Computational Simulation to Study the Factors Impacting a College Student Body's Racial Diversity,"  delivered to the first annual UMW Diversity Academy, Fredericksburg Virginia, May 2013.
Polack-Wahl, J., Davies, S., and Anewalt, K. "A Snapshot of Current Languages Used in Industry."  Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE 2012), pp.148-153, Seattle, Washington, Oct. 2012.
Davies, S., Aylor-Seal, S., Hatfield, J. "Cinefile: A Category-Based Analytic Browser." IEEE Computer, vol. 45, issue 8, pp.62-69, Aug. 2012.
Parlante, N., Zelenski, J., Zingaro, D., Wayne, K., O'Hallaron, D., Guerin, J.T., Davies, S., Kurmas, Z., and Debby, K., "Nifty Assignments." in Proceedings of the 43rd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE 2012), pp.475-476, Raleigh, North Carolina, March 2012.
Clemmer, A., and Davies, S., "Smeagol: A 'Specific-to-General' Semantic Web Query Paradigm for Novices." in Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA 2011), Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) 6860, A. Hameurlain et al. (Eds.), pp.288-302, Spring-Verlag, September 2011.
Davies, S., Polack-Wahl, J., and Anewalt, K. "A Snapshot of Current Practices in Teaching the Introductory Programming Sequence."  Proceedings of the 42nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE2011), pp.625-640, Dallas, Texas, March 2011.
Davies, S. "Still Building the Memex." Communications of the ACM, vol. 53, issue 2, pp.80-88, Feb. 2011.

All publications

Curriculum vitae

The Other Side 

Life is so full of fascinating things to learn and do that I've always had a multitude of interests.  In addition to being a computer geek and professor, I am:

Pro-Christ: A Christian whose love relationship with God pervades everything I do.  Read my mission statement.
Anti-Trump: A steadfast opponent of the presidency of Donald Trump and everything it stands for, in part because he is by far the least Christ-like President in our nation's history.
A devoted family man with a terrific wife and three teenaged kids.
A die-hard fan of UMW athletics, especially women's basketball.
A sinophile (student and devotee of all things Chinese.)
A lover of literature, especially science fiction, fantasy, and the 19th century novel.  Some of my favorite authors are Fyodor Dostoevsky, Charlotte Bronte, Joseph Conrad, Daphne du Maurier, Patrick Rothfuss, Frank Herbert, and Steven Erikson.
An enthusiast and student of the constructed language Esperanto.
An INFJ on the Myers-Briggs personality indicator, if you know what that means.
A Star Wars trilogy fanatic, having grown up with the series from an early age.
A slow but steady bicyclist who has participated in several long races.
An undying fan of pop artist Annie Herring.  Her musical expression and spiritual passion are among the most inspiring wonders I have been privileged to witness on this earth.

Contact Info

Stephen Davies
Trinkle Hall - B22
Department of Computer Science
University of Mary Washington
1301 College Ave.
Fredericksburg, VA  22401

E-mail: my first name, followed by the domain name "umw dot edu."

RSA public key
fingerprint: 5a:68:f2:0d:dd:ab:ba:23:b3:e4:88:75:84:7d:a2:a0

Stephen Davies

Last modified: January 19, 2013