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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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SD Career Link Bulletin Board

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:58 pm

During the conference the SD Career Link Bulletin Board will be available. The Bulletin Board provides an opportunity for businesses and organizations to post information and connect with the conference audience: clients, students and interested persons. The Bulletin Board will highlight company profiles that describe how System Dynamics fits into the organization, as well as current job opening for people with System Dynamics expertise. For a preview, please visit the SD Career Link page. If your organization is not listed, please taking advantage of this opportunity to post a company profile and/or career information. Many companies will have a representative/attendee at the conference making this a great networking opportunity.
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What Students Are Up To

Postby Roberta Spencer » Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:13 pm

See what System Dynamics students are doing! A new webpage on the conference site highlights student papers scheduled for presentation at the upcoming System Dynamics Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to be held July 19 – 23, 2015. Please take a moment to read through the important works of these hard-working students. (If you are a student with an accepted paper that does not appear in this list please contact the Society). To learn more about System Dynamics Society student events, please visit the Student Chapter Website and LinkedIn Group. To help support students to attend the conference, please consider donating today to our Conference Scholarship Fund.
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Getting started with 2015 Sysdea

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue Jun 09, 2015 10:40 am

Getting started with the 2015 version of Sysdea browser modeling app.

This workshop will be taught by Kim Warren.

Register for the conference and attend the workshop — http://conference.systemdynamics.org.

System dynamics models are complex (!) so you need the greatest possible ease-of-use and the clearest-possible presentation of what a model is doing and why. Beginners in particular need the lowest possible barriers to getting started with building good models.

Sysdea is a browser-based software, based on principles that aid fast and reliable models. Time-charts on every object, and time-series for both actual (or desired) and simulated values, plus a non-technical interface, allow anyone to be building models very fast, and with much less chance of errors - if the lines don't match, there's a problem! Participants from K-12 schools, colleges and Universities will see plans for simple institutional access to Sysdea, and how this will help manage the modeling for whole classes.

The 2015 version has been entirely rebuilt, to add speed and reliability to this ease-of-use, so that more demanding features can be added without compromising power. We will show you how to use the basic elements and mechanisms of the software, along with some of its more advanced features, such as intuitive user-defined functions and powerful sub-models.
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Agile SD - fast, reliable, effective

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue Jun 09, 2015 10:39 am

Agile SD - fast, reliable, effective

This workshop will be taught by Kim Warren.

Register for the conference and attend the workshop — http://conference.systemdynamics.org.

Join us on the Workshop day to discover the "agile" approach to building reliable models, fast, with teams. This will be a very 'hands-on' session.

Anyone about to start out with system dynamics modelling, or recently started, may worry about how to get - and keep! - their audience engaged in the process, and whether the effort will produce a valuable result. Standard recommended approaches take too long, and are too uncertain in their outcome, so this workshop will give you a strong capability that will instill confidence, both for yourself and those you are helping.

Experienced modelers can also benefit, by comparing this alternative method to their current approaches, and assessing the opportunity that may exist to deliver better results more efficiently.
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Getting Started with Powersim Studio

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:39 pm

Getting Started with Powersim Studio

Powersim Studio covers all your needs when building simulations, running in-depth analyses, risk analyses, and optimizations.

Studio has 223 built-in functions, MS Excel and database connectivity, the most complete unit handling on the market, native complex application design tools including embedded html, sophisticated debugging and run time diagnostics, context sensitive help, and more.

Studio also has the ability to build your own functions, especially useful for hybrid modeling. The workshop will introduce you Studio’s interactive development environment (IDE), self-training opportunities, the user community, best practices, and more.

The workshop will be taught by Len Malczynski, Group Moderator of the Powersim Tools User Group on Yahoo. The group has been operating since December 2003 and has 600+ members.

If you do not already run Studio, please download a copy at www.powersim.com and visit the User Group at groups.yahoo.com.

See you in Cambridge.
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Mentoring in Health Modeling

Postby Roberta Spencer » Mon Jun 01, 2015 7:18 pm

Are you looking for a mentor or mentee as you develop models in areas of health policy, population health, health care delivery and related fields? The Health Policy SIG of the System Dynamics Society believes that mentoring can improve the work of everyone involved. With that in mind, a new process is being offered by the Health Policy SIG to match mentors and mentees with similar interests. If you would like a mentor or are looking to serve as a mentor, please contact health@sigs.systemdynamics.org by June 10 with the following:
• Your name and contact information, at least your e-mail address and any other means of communicating such as Skype address;
• Whether or not you are planning on attending this year’s ISDC in Cambridge, MA;
• For mentees, the problem or area in which you are working and need help;
• For potential mentors, areas in which you are interested in and feel qualified to serve as a mentor. Let us know if you are willing to mentor multiple people or only one;
• For both, any other information you feel would be useful (e.g., preferred modeling software).
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UPDATE: First Mediterranean Conference on Food Systems, Rome

Postby Stefano Armenia » Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:55 am

CONFERENCE UPDATES - The Conference Programme is now online on our website!

The FIRST MEDITERRANEAN CONFERENCE ON FOOD SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS IN URBAN ENVIRONMENTS organized by the System Dynamics Italian Chapter (SYDIC) in collaboration with “Sapienza” University of Rome, the System Dynamics Society (SDS) and with the technical support from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN), will be held in Rome on 6th-7th July 2015. Find attached the official Conference Brochure, also downloadable from the event website.

The Conference will be attended by outstanding scientist as:
  • JOHN INGRAM, expert of Food Security and Member of the International Resources Panel from the United Nations;
  • VANDANA SHIVA, scientist, activist and member of several international organizations,(i.e.: World Future Council);
  • HANS HERREN, Head of the Millennium Institute;
  • GEORGE P. RICHARDSON, Professor Emeritus at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University of Albany,
  • & policy makers of different countries from local, national and international levels to discuss about real-world issues of our current food systems and cities.

The key discussion themes for the plenary sessions are: planetary issues, food systems efficiency, inclusiveness and resilience, as well as policies for improved food systems meeting urban food needs.

Also, 16 among the best papers from several international researchers participating in the calls for papers issued by FAO’s cross-cutting project “Meeting Urban Food Needs” (MUFN) will be presented at the Conference.
In addition to all of these, participants will be able to attend some of the four workshops facilitated by leading scholars in the field!

*** Join SYDIC's and FAO's aim of bringing science into practice! ***

For further information on the complete conference programme, the keynote speakers and the offered workshops, please visit: http://www.systemdynamics.it/workshop2015.

Early bird registration: Participants registered before June 10th, 2015 will get a 20% discount off the conference fee!
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Teaching Students to Create Original Models in a ...

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri May 29, 2015 1:45 pm

Teaching Students to Create Original Models in a Ten-Week Course

This workshop will be taught by Diana Fisher.

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

If you have wanted to include a System Dynamics (SD) model-building component in your course that can include having student teams build small original SD models, write short technical papers explaining their models, and present their models to the class, this workshop could get you started. Those SD concepts, the sequence of concepts, and suggestions for assessments, that have been successfully used for a number of years in environmental modeling classes that are 10-weeks in duration will be presented and discussed.

The workshop is appropriate for professionals in any discipline, but is aimed more directly at those who are in an instructional/academic setting.
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Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling for Math and ...

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri May 29, 2015 1:43 pm

Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling for Math and Science Instruction: Online Professional Development Opportunity

This workshop will be taught by Diana Fisher.

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

If you are looking for a sequence of online courses that provide a gentle introduction to System Dynamics (SD) modeling, and you are a math or science instructor (of students ages 15 – 20+), you will find this workshop instructive. Samples of the instructional videos, samples of participant & student lessons, and a display of the general organization of each session for the first course will be presented. The examples and lessons are directly related to mathematics and science concepts. For those professionals in other disciplines, who are comfortable reading graphs and have average comfort with algebra concepts (linear, exponential, oscillatory behavior) these courses would be appropriate, with one caveat. The examples and lessons are specifically designed for math and science so application to your area would have to be your own task.

These courses provide extensive hands-on model building activities for the participants that can then be modified (or used as-is) for their students. The model-building lessons have been tested in a classroom setting.

The three courses are:

1.Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling for Math and Science Instructors: Course 1: Basic Models (Course starts June 22, 2015).
For more information and to register go to: www.ccmodelingsystems.com;
2.Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling for Math and Science Instructors: Course 2: More Advanced Models;
3.System Dynamics Modeling: A Different Way to Think: Course 3: Building Original Models from the News.
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