Loren Cobb is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, University of Colorado Denver. He received his Ph.D. in mathematical sociology from Cornell University in 1973. For fifteen years he was a professor of biostatistics and biomathematics at the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of New Mexico Medical Center.
He has worked with military organizations all over the world on issues of reform and restructuring for modern peacekeeping. Since 1995 he has been an independent consultant on the modeling and simulation of third-world societies for the US National Defense University, and has worked with the US, UK, and Swedish Ministries of Defense, and with US Southern Command.
Dr. Cobb is the author of numerous simulation models for joint military/civilian peacekeeping and humanitarian operations, including one (DEXES) that was written specifically for training officers in UN peacekeeping operations, and another (STRATMAS) for a joint project of Sweden and the USA to build a state-of-the-art military command center for peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations.
In the late 1990s he designed and facilitated the NationLab series of seminars and exercises in national strategy and crisis management for seven Latin American countries, and the RegionLab exercise in international negotiations — all now conducted under the auspices of the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies. In 2004 he was awarded the gold medal of the Bolivian School of Advanced National Studies, for his work in developing the NationLab approach to Bolivian national strategic studies in corruption, poverty, and narcotrafficking.
Primary interests: Bayesian data assimilation, statistical catastrophe theory, nonlinear stochastic differential and difference equations, dynamic models of society.
Cobb, Loren (1981) "Stochastic Differential Equations for the Social Sciences", in Cobb & Thrall (eds) Mathematical Frontiers of the Social and Policy Sciences. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
Cobb, Loren and Zacks, Shelemyahu (1985) "Applications of catastrophe theory for statistical modeling in the biosciences." Journal of the American Statistical Association, vol. 80, 793-802.
Cobb, Loren, and Cobb, Barbara (2004) The Persistence of War, Louisville, CO: Aetheling Consultants.
Cobb, Loren, and González, Miguel Angel (2007) "Corrupción como un sistema de ciclos viciosos entrelazados." Security and Defense Studies Review, vol. 7, #1. English translation: Corruption as a System of Interlocking Vicious Cycles.
Mandel, Jan, Cobb, Loren, and Beezley, John (2009) "On the Convergence of the Ensemble Kalman Filter." Arxiv:0901.2951.