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First Mediterranean Conference

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Aug 07, 2015 1:23 pm

First Mediterranean Conference on Food Supply and Distribution Systems in Urban Environments

The System Dynamics Italian Chapter’s “First Mediterranean Conference on Food Supply and Distribution Systems in Urban Environments” took place in Rome from July 6-7, 2015. Along with program and organizing chair, Stefano Armenia, the organizing team included Olivio Argenti, Andrea Furlan, Alberto Atzori, Vanessa Armendariz, Valerio Ciuffini, and Eleanor Piacenza. The Sapienza University of Rome served as the host of the conference. This conference was a great success. Check out more pictures HERE.
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Re: Conferences

Postby Peter Hovmand » Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:10 am

We are interested in learning from you how we can work on strengthening the field of system dynamics. Your views are important to us, and we want to learn more about how you think we can better increase the visibility and demand for high quality applications in system dynamics. Please take a few minutes to complete this online survey. Alternatively, you can also pick up from the registration desk a copy of the paper version of this survey, and return it to the registration desk or communications desk.

As an incentive, something we’re trying out for the first time this year, each completed survey will get one vote for a $500 USD donation to one of three causes: SDS Student Chapter, carbon offsets, or UNICEF. Votes from completed surveys will be tallied on July 31, 2015 and the donation to the winning cause announced on August 3, 2015. This donation is made possible by an anonymous donor to the SDS and does not affect the expenditures of the SDS.

Please click this link to begin the survey: tinyurl.com/px3ls5f .

Sincerely,

Peter S. Hovmand, PhD
VP Marketing and Communications, System Dynamics Society
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Wednesday Morning Announcements: 2015 Cambridge Conference

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:40 pm

What’s happening on Wednesday?

Wednesday evening Plenary Session begins at 4:30 PM. Brief Closing Ceremony at 6:00 PM.

New! Pre-release Screening of the Movie “Boom Bust Boom” Wednesday at 7 PM in Ballroom A. Abstract: Fun/Educational Side Event: Should we adapt economics to human behavior? See Hyman Minsky’s theory of monetary bubbles and crashes in this movie. There is definitely feedback theory, though you will not find any causal diagrams in his works. Will feedback and the broad-boundary character of this theory ever be accepted in the mainstream economics?

Please give a Places and Spaces: Mapping Science poster a home! Bidding closes on Wednesday for Places and Spaces: Mapping Science posters. They are showcased around the conference venue. For more information about the Mapping Science posters, go to the abstract and link in the program schedule, or pick up a brochure from the common table. If you are interested in owning any of the Mapping Science posters on display, please speak with Roberta.

Daily Information:

Please wear your nametag on site and to all conference events.

Please silence all electronic devices during sessions.

Discounted Full Breakfast is available in Zephyr. Extra space for breakfast seating will be available from 6:00-10:00 AM in the Cambridge Room.
The Registration and Information Desk closes today at 6:30 PM and will move into the conference office “Media Room” just around the corner.

Refreshment Breaks: 10:30-11:30 AM and 3:30-4:30 PM in Prefunction Area and Paul Revere.

Poster Symposium-posters will be clustered by theme with multiple threads and presented in small groups- during morning and afternoon refreshment break. “Best Poster” will be displayed in Plenary Room.

Chapter and Special Interest Groups (SIG) Gathering Point: Meet in the lounge all day (Aquarium).

Please visit all our exhibitors in the Prefunction Area and Courtyard Reception Area. The exhibitor area will close at 6:30 PM.

Looking for a job? Red Ribbon Event- will be held during morning and afternoon refreshment breaks areas.

Workshops will be held on Thursday. Please sign up at the Workshop Sign-up table near the registration desk.

Note that lunch is on your own. Quick lunches may be purchased in the Market on the Charles Grab-n-Go shop in the hotel lobby. Discounted Lunch hot buffet ($15.95 plus tax) in Zephyr. Wear your name badge to get the discount! You can also check the website for some off-site suggestions within walking distance.

Lunch is not just about food - check out the lunchtime series in the schedule! Lots going on. During the lunch breaks there are many events including special interest group meetings, chapter meetings, and exhibitor demonstrations, software users’ group meeting, roundtable events, special sessions, and other Society related meeting. Two hour time span for Lunchtime Series. Please check the daily schedule for times and locations.

Complimentary WiFi Service is available to hotel guests in common spaces, but is limited and may be inaccessible near meeting spaces. Complimentary WiFi is not available in meeting spaces.
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Re: Data Analytics Lightning Talks @ ISDC 2015

Postby Stefano Armenia » Tue Jul 21, 2015 2:19 pm

Dear Eliot, thanx!

Let me take this chance to remind all attendees at the ISDC2015 conference who are interested in the iSIG Annual Meeting, that such meeting will take place tomorrow morning (Wednesday, July 22nd) at 8.00am in the Crispus Attucks room.

We welcome your participation whether you have any interest in Information Sciences or Information Systems / Information Technology.
See you at the iSIG meeting!

Best,
Stefano Armenia



Eliot Rich wrote:The iSIG and the Health Policy Sig are sponsoring a set of Lightning Talks at the ISDC meetings. July 22, 2015, 13:30 – 14:20, Haym Solomon Room

Focused, fast presentations on tools and ideas that link SD and the use of large and varied datasets in Health Care and other areas:

Topics:

*** Combining Outcomes Research with Big Data Analytics and with System Dynamics to Create Learning Health Care Organizations (Chohreh Partovian, IBM Research)

Patients, employers, payers, and policy makers are demanding a higher value health care: better clinical outcomes at lower cost. Big Data analytics will allow us to “phenotype” healthcare organizations on multiple dimensions both at baseline and over time. Data mining and visualization will allow us to identify the patterns of behavior and/or structure that are associated with higher value of care delivery, better organizational performance, organizational readiness for change, as well as learning capacity. System Dynamics is uniquely qualified to initiate and guide change by focusing on dynamic complexity which arises from the interactions among agents over time.

*** Linking Open Source Health Data to a dynamic model of Diabetes Control and Progression in New York State. (Mingzhe Tao, UAlbany)

We show the results of an experiment to integrate publically available hospital admissions data with a disease progression model. This work in progress includes a demonstration of the work to date, as well as an outline of findings and open issues regarding data access, privacy, transformations, visualizations, and our first cut at an integration architecture.


*** Collecting Data in a Jar (James Houghton, MIT)

In this lightning talk, I'll demonstrate a way to estimate the number of pennies in circulation from the population of pennies in a penny jar. We'll infer parameters for a simple aging chain that models the life cycle of a penny using optimization and Markov Chain Monte Carlo. Most importantly, we'll apply our optimization not to the output of any single model, but to the distribution of outputs from a suite of parallel simulations.

*** A Tool for Enhanced Causal Discovery and Understanding: System Dynamics Modeling – Causal Miner (SDM-CMiner) (Ignacio Martinez-Moyano, Argonne National Laboratory)

The System Dynamics Modeling – Causal Miner (SDM-CMiner) is a prototype software tool designed for exploring causal relationships in system dynamics models using data mining processes and techniques. Using a causal model or map, a set of discovery rules, and a corpus of documents, the SDM-CMiner tool attempts to uncover evidence (or the lack thereof) for the causal relationships present in the model or map that can be found in the corpus of documents provided.

*** Treating alternative SD models as alternative structural hypotheses to big data sets, Robert Jeffers (Sandia National Laboratories)
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Tuesday Morning Cambridge 2015 Conference Announcements

Postby Roberta Spencer » Mon Jul 20, 2015 7:23 pm

What’s happening on Tuesday?

- Tuesday Morning Plenary (President's Ballroom) begins at 8:30 AM, with the Business Meeting, followed by a presentation by the Jay W. Forrester Award ceremony.

- Tuesday Afternoon Plenary (President's Ballroom) at 5:30 PM, Presidential Address given by Jurgen Strohhecker.

- 7:30 PM until 9:30 PM (disregard the typo in the schedule please) Tuesday Banquet will be held in the President's Ballroom. Awards winners will be announced. Everyone is welcome, your name badge is your ticket. If you bought a guest ticket please have them wear their name badges as well. Remarks by J. W. Forrester and awards. Dancing to follow in Charles View Ballroom!

- PS. Conference Banquet (President's Ballroom) cash bar starts earlier, around 6:30 PM in the Courtyard.

Not in the schedule:

- Boom Bust Boom, a documentary in support of the global post-crash movement to show the link between our unstable economies and how economics is taught, will be shown Wednesday night at 7:00 pm. A mix of live action, animation, puppetry and song, Boom Bust Boom charts the ancient cycle of boom and bust and offers the world a solution.

Happening Daily:

- Conference Registration and Information Desk is open from 8:30 AM- 6:30 PM.

- Modeling Assistance Workshops Tue 11:30 AM- 12:30 PM; all are welcome; Sessions may carry over during lunch break. (Paul Revere).

- Please wear your nametag on site and to all conference events. Guests should wear his or her nametag on site and to all events, including the Monday night buffet and Tuesday banquet.

- Please silence all electronic devices during sessions.

- Workshops will be held on Thursday. Please sign up at the Workshop Sign-up table near the registration desk.

- Don't forget the Tweet Contest. Use #ISDC15 to tweet pictures, session notes, etc. There will be a live feed in the lobby area and prizes for the top three tweeters. And, remeber to view the “Great Wall!”

- Please check the message board for schedule changes and messages.

- Discounted Full Breakfast is available in Zephyr. NEW-Lobby Level satellite "grab and go” quick breakfast items: Coffee, tea, pastries, bagels, etc. located near the escalator. There will be extra space from 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM for breakfast seating in the Cambridge Room.

- Refreshment Breaks: Mon-Wed 10:30-11:30 AM and 3:30-4:30 PM in Prefunction Area and Paul Revere.

- Poster Symposium-posters will be clustered by theme with multiple threads and presented in small groups-Mon., Tues., and Wed. during each morning and afternoon refreshment break. “Best Poster” (a total of six) will be displayed in Plenary Room.

- Chapter and Special Interest Groups (SIG) Gathering Point: Meet in the lounge on Mon-Wed all day (Aquarium).

- Looking for a job? Red Ribbon Event - will be held during morning and afternoon refreshment breaks areas.

- Note that lunch is on your own. Quick lunches may be purchased in the Market on the Charles Grab-n-Go shop in the hotel lobby. Discounted Lunch hot buffet ($15.95 plus tax) in Zephyr. You can also check the website for some off-site suggestions within walking distance. Note that lunch is on your own. Wear your name badge to get the discount!

- Lunch is not just about food - check out the lunchtime series in the schedule! Lots going on. During the lunch breaks there are many events including special interest group meetings, chapter meetings, and exhibitor demonstrations, software users’ group meeting, roundtable events, special sessions, and other Society related meeting. Two hour time span for Lunchtime Series. Please check the daily schedule for times and locations.

- Modeling Assistance Workshops Mon-Tue 11:30-12:30; all are welcome; Sessions may carry over during lunch break. (Paul Revere).

- Publishing Assistance Workshop: Mon-Wed sessions by appointment only.

- Do you want to own one of these? Places and Spaces: Mapping Science posters are showcased around the conference venue. For more information about the Mapping Science posters, go to the abstract and link in the program schedule, or pick up a brochure from the common table. If you are interested in owning any of the Mapping Science posters on display, please speak with Roberta.
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Monday Morning Cambridge 2015 Conference Announcements

Postby Roberta Spencer » Mon Jul 20, 2015 7:26 am

Monday Morning Cambridge 2015 Conference Announcements

- Thank you to the conference partners and all sponsors.

- Thank you to the System Dynamics groups from MIT, Washington University in St. Louis, Albany, WPI, Bergen, St. Gallen, and Frankfurt for hosting the Welcome Reception last night.

New Information:
- Boom Bust Boom, a documentary in support of the global post-crash movement to show the link between our unstable economies and how economics is taught, will be shown Wednesday night at 7:00 pm. A mix of live action, animation, puppetry and song, Boom Bust Boom charts the ancient cycle of boom and bust and offers the world a solution.

- There is a typo in the program for the banquet: It ends at 9:30 pm (21:30) – not 20:30! Then get your dancing shoes on for the dance in the Charles River Ballroom!

What’s happening on Monday:
- Model Expo in the Charles View Ballroom. 12:30 AM-2 PM. See and experiment with models presented in the program.

- State of the Global Economy Fireside Chat and Light Buffet- Mon. 6:45-9 PM (President's Ballroom). The Buffet starts at 6:00 - pick up your dinner and take it to your seat.

Getting Oriented:
- Personal Scheduler: On the back are many important announcements, especially that we will post all announcements to the SD Forum on the web. There is also an online schedule App available.

- Tuesday Morning Plenary (President's Ballroom) begins at 8:30 AM, starting with the Business Meeting, followed by a presentation by the Jay W. Forrester Award winner. Announcements start at 9:20 am.

- Thursday is Workshop Day. Check the schedule to see which ones you want to attend. Please sign up in advance at Workshop Sign-up table near the registration desk.

Happening Daily:
- Program changes will be posted on the message board. Please check the message board for schedule changes and messages.

- Bell ringing means session is starting.

- Please wear your nametag on site and to all conference events. Guests should wear his or her nametag on site and to all events, including the Monday night buffet and Tuesday banquet.

-Please silence all electronic devices during sessions.

-Discounted Full Breakfast is available in Zephyr. NEW-Lobby Level satellite "grab and go” quick breakfast items: Coffee, tea, pastries, bagels, etc. located near the escalator. Extra eating space for breakfast seating will be available from 6:00-10:00 AM in the Cambridge room.

-Refreshment Breaks: Mon-Wed 10:30-11:30 AM and 3:30-4:30 PM in Prefunction Area and Paul Revere.
Paul Revere: There are 2 poster sessions each day by theme in Paul Revere during the refreshment breaks (10:30-11:30 and 3:30-4:30). The best poster of each session will be placed at the back of this plenary room after the session, so please take a look!

- Chapter and Special Interest Groups (SIG) Gathering Point: Mon-Wed all day (Aquarium). Use as a small lounge.

- Please visit all our exhibitors in the Prefunction Area and Courtyard Reception Area. The exhibitor area will be open until 6:30 PM.

- Looking for a job? Red Ribbon Event- will be held during morning and afternoon refreshment breaks areas.

-Note that lunch is on your own. Quick lunches may be purchased in the Market on the Charles Grab-n-Go shop in the hotel lobby. Discounted Lunch hot buffet ($15.95 plus tax) in Zephyr. Wear your name badge to get the discount! You can also check the website for some off-site suggestions within walking distance.

- Lunch is not just about food - check out the lunchtime series in the schedule! Lots going on. During the lunch breaks there are many events including special interest group meetings, chapter meetings, and exhibitor demonstrations, software users’ group meeting, roundtable events, special sessions, and other Society related meeting. Two hour time span for Lunchtime Series. Please check the daily schedule for times and locations.

- Modeling Assistance Workshops Mon-Tue 11:30-12:30; all are welcome; Sessions may carry over during lunch break. (Paul Revere)

- Publishing Assistance Workshop: Mon-Wed sessions by appointment only.

- Complimentary WiFi Service is available to hotel guests in common spaces, but is limited and may be inaccessible near meeting spaces. Complimentary WiFi is not available in meeting spaces.

- Places and Spaces: Mapping Science posters are showcased around the conference venue. For more information about the Mapping Science posters, go to the abstract and link in the program schedule, or pick up a brochure from the common table. If you are interested in owning any of the Mapping Science posters on display, please speak with Roberta.

- Don't forget the Tweet Contest. Use #ISDC15 to tweet pictures, session notes, etc. There will be a live feed in the lobby area and prizes for the top three tweeters. And, remember to view the Great Wall! ”

- Workshops will be held on Thursday. Please sign up at the Workshop Sign-up table near the registration desk.

- Enjoy the conference!
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Data Analytics Lightning Talks @ ISDC 2015

Postby Eliot Rich » Sat Jul 18, 2015 10:05 am

The iSIG and the Health Policy Sig are sponsoring a set of Lightning Talks at the ISDC meetings. July 22, 2015, 13:30 – 14:20, Haym Solomon Room

Focused, fast presentations on tools and ideas that link SD and the use of large and varied datasets in Health Care and other areas:

Topics:

*** Combining Outcomes Research with Big Data Analytics and with System Dynamics to Create Learning Health Care Organizations (Chohreh Partovian, IBM Research)

Patients, employers, payers, and policy makers are demanding a higher value health care: better clinical outcomes at lower cost. Big Data analytics will allow us to “phenotype” healthcare organizations on multiple dimensions both at baseline and over time. Data mining and visualization will allow us to identify the patterns of behavior and/or structure that are associated with higher value of care delivery, better organizational performance, organizational readiness for change, as well as learning capacity. System Dynamics is uniquely qualified to initiate and guide change by focusing on dynamic complexity which arises from the interactions among agents over time.

*** Linking Open Source Health Data to a dynamic model of Diabetes Control and Progression in New York State. (Mingzhe Tao, UAlbany)

We show the results of an experiment to integrate publically available hospital admissions data with a disease progression model. This work in progress includes a demonstration of the work to date, as well as an outline of findings and open issues regarding data access, privacy, transformations, visualizations, and our first cut at an integration architecture.


*** Collecting Data in a Jar (James Houghton, MIT)

In this lightning talk, I'll demonstrate a way to estimate the number of pennies in circulation from the population of pennies in a penny jar. We'll infer parameters for a simple aging chain that models the life cycle of a penny using optimization and Markov Chain Monte Carlo. Most importantly, we'll apply our optimization not to the output of any single model, but to the distribution of outputs from a suite of parallel simulations.

*** A Tool for Enhanced Causal Discovery and Understanding: System Dynamics Modeling – Causal Miner (SDM-CMiner) (Ignacio Martinez-Moyano, Argonne National Laboratory)

The System Dynamics Modeling – Causal Miner (SDM-CMiner) is a prototype software tool designed for exploring causal relationships in system dynamics models using data mining processes and techniques. Using a causal model or map, a set of discovery rules, and a corpus of documents, the SDM-CMiner tool attempts to uncover evidence (or the lack thereof) for the causal relationships present in the model or map that can be found in the corpus of documents provided.

*** Treating alternative SD models as alternative structural hypotheses to big data sets, Robert Jeffers (Sandia National Laboratories)
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Healthcare Adventures© at the Center for Medical Simulation

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Jul 09, 2015 2:44 pm

Healthcare Adventures© at the Center for Medical Simulation, facilitated by Dr. Brad Morrison and Dr. Fred Davis, will be offered at the 2015 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society again this year. Scheduled for Thursday, July 23, this simulation is a customized experience that will thrust you into the dynamic environment of health care on the front lines. Participants will step into the healthcare arena and take on challenges of patient care and crisis management with a simulated patient. The event will be held at the Center for Medical Simulation, a highly realistic clinical environment with an operating room and other patient care settings used for education of physicians and other healthcare professionals. In this session, non-clinicians will actually get the chance to care for a patient and experience real-life issues first hand. It’s sure to be an engaging experience.

The event is open only to paid conference registrants. Click to learn more. Registration is limited and space will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Light breakfast will be available, and lunch will be arranged. Participants will be asked to pay $10 to contribute to the cost of food and beverages. Please visit www.signupgenius.com to register.
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Third Symposium Held by the Brazil Chapter

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Jul 09, 2015 1:14 pm

The Brazil Chapter is pleased to report that their 3rd Brazilian Symposium, to be held October 16-17, 2015, is shaping up well. Themes will include energy (including ethanol production, biomass distributed generation, and solar photovoltaics); climate change, water shortages, and the energy-water-environment nexus in general; corruption; health care and management; and participatory modeling, to name a few. Submissions have been received from members of the Brazil Chapter and from around the world. In addition to the selected papers, there will be five high-level presentations by experts, to be delivered in person (or via the web). For more information, please email simposioDS@gmail.com.
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Modeling Psychological and Sociological Dynamics

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:41 am

Calling All System Dynamicists!

We invite you to participate in our workshop “Modeling Psychological and Sociological Dynamics” on Thursday July 23, 2015 at the System Dynamics Society Conference in Cambridge.

Register for the conference and attend the workshop — conference.systemdynamics.org.

Led by Psychology Interest Group Co-Chairs Pascal Gambardella (a physicist) and David Lounsbury (a psychologist), we hope to provide you with unique insights into using psychological and sociological concepts (e.g., motivation, trust, morale, customer satisfaction, and burnout) as variables in system dynamics models.

Some people are skeptical about using these concepts in models and have labeled them as “soft” or “intangible.” They question whether these concepts can be measured or quantified. Yet these concepts can be essential for a model to properly address its objective or purpose. Come and learn how to integrate such variables into your models in useful, defensible ways.

We invite you to participate in our workshop as we describe the process (complete with activity diagram and decision tree) of transforming a psychological and/or sociological concept into a variable. We illustrate the detailed mechanics of building a model with these variables, and also discuss how to validate both the variables and the model.

Where else, but in our workshop, can you hear a discussion of Hamlet, the Stanford prison experiment, the Milgram experiment, burnout, family in crisis over care of a sick child, dynamics of HIV prevention and care, and riots? In addition, we have compiled a comprehensive literature search and used the resulting information to create the workshop, developed an associated annotated bibliography, and collected and generated example models in Vensim and iThink/Stella (see the conference website for our workshop materials).

Questions? Please e-mail Pascal Gambardella: pascalgambardella@gmail.com and David Lounsbury: david.lounsbury@einstein.yu.edu. Hope to see you on July 23rd!
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