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Re: Conferences

Postby Eliot Rich » Sat May 23, 2015 7:16 pm

Dear Colleague:

Last year’s International System Dynamics Society conference and the wonderful series of XMILE webinars highlighted the complementarity of SD models with dynamic, complex, and multi-dimensional data sets. In short, systems models add a causal component to the variety of technologies and concepts termed “Big Data”. This conference provides two new venues to continue this work.

WANT TO GIVE A “BIG DATA LIGHTNING TALK? Have you done something really neat this year involving “Big Data”, but don’t have a finished paper to present? The Information Science and Information Systems Special Interest Group (iSIG) and the Health Special Interest Group have reserved a program session for Data Analysis Lightning Talks. We are looking for four to six demos, not more than 10 minutes, where you can show your ideas and meet others exploring the same space. The day has not been set, but it’s sometime during the first three days of the SD meeting.

If you have something great to share, please take this opportunity to provide a lightning talk. Send a message to Eliot Rich ([url][/url]) with a short description of your project by June 15 to reserve a slot.

JOIN THE THURSDAY “BIG DATA” COLLABORATION WORKSHOP! We are also sponsoring a half-day workshop on the ISDC’s Thursday conference day (July 23rd) where you can meet with other conference participants, share current applications in more detail, and help develop collective research agendas in open data, big data and data analytics to share perspectives, approaches and requirements.

There are so many interesting questions to consider:
• How have ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ approaches been used within the context of data analytics?
• What are the strengths and limitations of existing ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ approaches to data analytics?
• How can ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ approaches be combined when analyzing open datasets to make sense of complex systems?
• What key contributions both modeling approaches make to understand the complex systems from which large datasets emerge?
• What combination of modeling approaches is most effective for the analysis of open datasets when supporting decision makers in robust policy making?
• What role should decision-makers have in the combined modeling approaches to ensure they are empowered by the approach and its output and can make effective decisions?

The workshop will be open to all conference participants, but space is limited. We will start with some group work, then break out and share the development discussion. Pre-register for the workshop at .


Stefano Armenia, University of Rome "Sapienza"
Luis Luna-Reyes, University at Albany
Eliot Rich, University at Albany
Andrada Tomoaia-Cotisel, University of Utah
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Food Supply and Distribution Systems in Urban Environments

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Apr 02, 2015 12:37 pm

First Mediterranean Conference to be held July 6-7, 2015 – “Food Supply and Distribution Systems in Urban Environments”

The System Dynamics Italian Chapter (SYDIC) and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with “Sapienza” University of Rome, the System Dynamics Society (SDS), and with the organizational support of OWS Srl, is proud to announce the First Mediterranean Conference on Food Supply and Distribution Systems in Urban Environments, to be held in Rome on July 6-7, 2015. The Conference will be held at “Dipartimento di Scienze Odontostomatologiche e Maxillo Facciali,” and will deal with the topic of food supply and distribution systems dynamics in urban environments, with a specific focus across the Mediterranean basin. The FAO and SYDIC have recently been working on the Call for Papers of the FAO Project “Meeting Urban Food Needs (MUFN).” Some of the best selected papers of this activity will be presented at the conference. The conference will bring together outstanding scholars in the field of Complex Systems and System Dynamics who apply their research to the food and sustainability arenas, but also high level political and social stakeholders in the field. The SYDIC Conference brochure can be viewed here.
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Second Eskom Annual System Dynamics Conference

Postby Roberta Spencer » Sat Jan 31, 2015 11:01 am

The 2nd Annual System Dynamics Conference held collaboratively between Eskom and the South Africa Chapter

On the 12th November 2014, the 2nd Eskom Annual System Dynamics conference was held at Eskom College in Midrand, South Africa – collaboratively hosted by Eskom SOC and the South Africa Chapter of the System Dynamics Society. The objective of the conference was to bring the South African system dynamics network together to share experiences gained in applying a system dynamics methodology to better understand the dynamic behaviour of complex systems over time with respect to system description, problem identification and, policy analysis and design. By giving the system dynamics community a platform to demonstrate their work and share lessons learnt, growth of this science was aimed at on a national level so that South Africans are better equipped to make strategic decisions. Cooperative learning was stimulated by showcasing the exciting work that Eskom and other institutions have been undertaking in this field. A publication with the conference proceedings, ISBN 978-0-620-64282-8, is currently being edited and will be available in the first quarter of 2015. The website of the South Africa Chapter was also formally launched.
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XII Latin American Conference of System Dynamics, 2014

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:23 am

Costa Rica: Pura Vida! XII Latin American Conference of System Dynamics, 2014

Surrounded by lush vegetation and in an atmosphere of camaraderie was held the XII Latin American Conference on System Dynamics in San Jose Costa Rica, from 9 to 11 December. This conference was organized by Dr. Luis López and Dr. Roy Zúñiga under the auspices of INCAE Business School, Campus Walter Kissling Gam. The conference was attended by about 90 researchers, teachers and students from Latin America, Spain, USA and Egypt. Participants were attending plenary, parallel conferences and workshops, as well as a social program which included a welcome dinner, a visit to a coffee plantation and a dinner at a recreation of a typical village, with dances and folk music. The Latin American Conference 2015 will be held in Cartagena, Colombia during October, so there is enough time to prepare!
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SummerSim call for papers: Modeling & Simulation in Medicine

Postby Jacob Barhak » Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:27 am

SummerSim 2015 is seeking computational modeling and simulation manuscripts related to healthcare, surgery, dentistry, mental health, pharmaceuticals, or medical education.

Conference dates: July 26-29, 2015
Location: Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL, USA

Paper Submission Deadline: February 10, 2015
Notification of Acceptance: March 31, 2015

The complete call for papers for the Modeling and Simulation in Medicine (MSM) track in SummerSim 2015 is available in this link: ... _MSM15.pdf

Papers can be submitted through this link:

Note that paper review will be non-blind, open, and public. Short papers are encouraged.

For additional information on SummerSim and other tracks, please visit this web site:

For questions feel free to email me at:

Your contributions will be appreciated.
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Innovations in Collaborative Modeling Conference

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Dec 19, 2014 3:40 pm

The Innovations in Collaborative Modeling Conference has extended the proposal deadline. Submit your proposals by January 8, 2015. Learn more at: The conference dates are June 4-5, 2015.
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Benelux Chapter Conference, 29 January 2015​ in The Hague

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:15 pm

The Benelux Chapter announces the conference on System Dynamics Cooperation in Practice with Policy Makers and Social Scientists. The conference is organized by the Benelux Chapter together with PBL and TNO. It will be held in The Hague on 29 January 2015. You are invited to send in abstracts for papers of your System Dynamics related work, proposals for workshops or sessions and proposals for parallel streams. The conference is particularly interested in successful examples of applied System Dynamics research. The theme of the conference is based on the growth of the System Dynamics field in Benelux. Hundreds of students with some degree of System Dynamics knowledge graduate annually from one of the universities. The conference organizers write “But, if we look at policy making, governance and social science, only a small group of SD practitioners are able to integrate these worlds. What are the main reasons for SD not being used to the fullest in other areas? Are problems in social science and policy too complex to model with SD? Or are SD models too complex for policy makers and social scientist to understand? Does a gap exist between what SD has to offer and other areas of research and policy makers demand? And how can we cope with the uncertainty existing in (global) politics? During this conference, we would like to invite everyone interested or active in System Dynamics or related fields – including policy makers and social scientists – to show, discuss and elaborate on how we can aid policy makers and social scientist in their occupation.” To learn more about submission details, due dates, registration, and contact information, please visit the Benelux LinkedIn page or contact Tom Logtens at
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Innovations in Collaborative Modeling Conference

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Nov 21, 2014 4:55 pm

Members are invited speakers at Innovations in Collaborative Modeling Conference

Allyson Beall, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of the Environment, Washington State University and Peter Hovmand, Director, Social System Design Lab, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis have been invited to speak at the Innovations in Collaborative Modeling Conference. This conference will be held in early June at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing, Michigan. Allyson Beall’s presentation title is “Staying the Course: Collaborative Modeling as an Adaptive Process Over Time” and Peter Hovmand’s will talk about “Community Based System Dynamics: Lessons from the Field.”

The conference is accepting papers, demonstrations and posters on:
• Trans-disciplinary (linked) modeling that involves the integration of knowledge and practice across disciplines,
• Participatory modeling that involves stakeholders from a wide range of sectors in conceptualizing, representing, and managing complex problems, and
• Quantitative systems modeling techniques including, but not limited to, system dynamics modeling, social network analysis, and agent-based modelling.

The Call for Proposals deadline is December 19, 2014. For more information about the invited speakers’ topics and to learn more about the conference, please visit their conference website.
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Re: Conferences

Postby John Yedinak » Thu Oct 30, 2014 10:44 am

The 2014 AnyLogic Conference will be held at The Westin San Francisco Market Street Hotel, less than a mile from the INFORMS venues at 50 3rd Street San Francisco, CA 94103, USA in the Franciscan Ballroom.
AnyLogic Simulation and Modeling software is utilized by globally recognized organizations to ensure better, more profitable decision making. Annually, these organizations gather to showcase their accomplishments at The AnyLogic Conference.
The Conference also provides a valuable networking opportunity with like-minded, innovative AnyLogic users. Join us for for hors d'oeuvres,cocktails, and to meet with Presenters, Attendees, and AnyLogic Team Members!

Presenting organizations include:
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Plan to attend, November 12th and 13th in San Francisco, CA, USA and experience what AnyLogic Simulation and Modeling software can do for your business. Register now (, or day of the Conference.

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ViNOrg'14 - Intern. Conf. on Virtual and Networked Organizat

Postby Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha » Thu Oct 23, 2014 4:57 pm

ViNOrg 14
3rd International Conference on Virtual and Networked Organizations
Emergent Technologies and Tools

Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
November 5-7, 2014
Abstract submission deadline: October 31, 2014
Notifications of acceptance within 3 days after submission
conference chairs:
Goran D. Putnik, University of Minho, Portugal
Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha, Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, Portugal
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