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Introduction to System Dynamics course offered at WPI this f

Postby Karim Chichakly » Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:03 pm

Are you trying to learn how to model? There is no better way to get started than with WPI's "Introduction to System Dynamics", SS590. Learn the basics of Systems Thinking and then move on to the process of modeling real problems. This course gives you the tools you need to face that blank model page and more confidently develop a working model. Learn how accumulation and feedback modify the behavior of systems, become adept at using standard model formulations, and learn how to model intangibles, design graphical/table functions, and parameterize your model.

For prerequisite and degree requirements, this course can be used in place of SD550, which is not taught this fall. If you plan to take SD551 (Modeling and Experimental Analysis of Complex Problems) or SD556 (Strategic Modeling and Business Dynamics) in the spring, make sure to take SS590 this fall.

Please contact online@wpi.edu with any questions.
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Live Webinar: Modeling Projects

Postby Karim Chichakly » Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:48 pm

Modeling Projects
Gain Insights to Manage Your Next Project to Success

Live 4-class webinar starts September 2.

Move beyond the basics of dynamic modeling! Our new Advanced Modeling series focuses on specific applications of system dynamics modeling.

Our first course takes an in-depth look at Project Management. Through each one-hour class session, you will learn about some of the competing forces that make successful project management a challenge, as well as some ways to counteract these forces.

Classes in this course examine the following topics:

    The Rework Cycle
    Adding Task Precedence and Staff
    Effects of Compound Errors and Schedule Pressure
    Effects of Experience Dilution
Join us for our first course and discover the benefits of systems thinking on project management!

Register here: http://www.iseesystems.com/store/training/modelingprojects/ or email support@iseesystems.com.
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Africa Chapter 2nd International Workshop

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:56 pm

System Dynamics Africa Chapter 2nd International Workshop in January 2016

The System Dynamics Africa Chapter is organizing its 2nd International Chapter Workshop on System Dynamics and Data Analytics (IAWSD 2016). “Systems Modelling for Sustainable Development” will be held at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies in Nairobi, Kenya on January 21-22, 2016. Authors are invited to submit original basic or applied research, case studies, critical review essays, surveys, opinions and commentaries on how system dynamics may address societal challenges. There are many topics of interest including, but not limited to, green energy, smart cities, and environmental conservation. Participants will benefit from an international perspective and meaningful insights of leading SD experts and fellow delegates from the Africa region and the rest of the world. Important dates and registration details can be found HERE.
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Re: Workshops and Courses

Postby Kim Warren » Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:12 am

Please join me this Fall for the WPI online course SD560: Strategy Dynamics, which features the 'Agile' approach to developing system dynamics models (not just for business applications - see http://sdl.re/AgileSD). Our main aim is to show how SD can bring to life the plans for any enterprise or situation by operationalising otherwise abstract and static concepts in management and strategy. We cover strategy, performance and resources (defining these properly!), and show how resource accumulation and feedback generate a core 'Strategic Architecture' for explaining and planning strategy and performance for any case ... also how to plan and manage resource development, the 'quality' of business resources, competitive dynamic, policy-design, intangibles and capabilities.

Online classes include embedded quizzes to track your own learning, and many working models to get you started on a wide range of common issues. This course always generates a lot of fascinating real-world projects, so I look forward to working with you on your own cases this semester.

Kim Warren

You need no prior knowledge of system dynamics and I am happy to answer questions on info@strategydynamics.com. Contact online@wpi.edu for assistance with registration.
Course details at http://cpe-wpi.hs-sites.com/special-topics-graduate-courses#sd. The course uses the short textbook (print or online) Strategy Dynamics Essentials http://sdl.re/essentials and includes use of super-easy software (see http://sysdea.com, http://sdl.re/SysdeaQuickStart and http://sdl.re/SysdeaDemos).
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Re: Workshops and Courses

Postby Khalid Saeed » Mon Jul 27, 2015 6:34 pm

I’ll be offering course “SD557: Latent structures, unintended consequences and policy” in Fall 2015 through WPI’s on-line program. The course deals with several generic systems that address the root causes of specific classes of problems. They are aimed at refining policy paradigms rather than predicting future. If you know system dynamics modeling but want to hone your skills, this course will interest you. The course can be taken stand-alone or as a part of a degree program at WPI. It would also serve researchers seeking to apply system dynamics to specific problem areas. The course has SD550 and SD551 as pre-requisites, but write to me (saeed@wpi.edu) if you feel you can wave them.
Contact Diane Poirier (dpoirier@WPI.EDU) for help with enrollment.

Khalid Saeed
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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Summer School Schedule Available

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:23 pm

Summer School Schedule Available

The pre-conference System Dynamics Summer School will start on Wednesday, July 15. It will be held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Again this year, the summer school will be taught by leaders in the field and allow for individual and group instruction. Check the Summer School schedule to see more details.
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Schedule Update for 1st Mediterranean Conference

Postby Roberta Spencer » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:51 pm

Schedule Update for 1st Mediterranean Conference

Plenary sessions at the System Dynamics Italian Chapter / 1st Mediterranean Conference on Food Supply and Distribution Systems in Urban Environments will include:

Planetary issues and Food Systems meeting Urban Food Needs
Inclusive and Resilient Food Supply
Distribution Systems Meeting Urban Food Needs
Complex systems approaches to manage Food Systems Meeting Urban Food Needs
Cities and Policies for better FSDS Meeting Urban Food Needs.


For further details on the program including parallel sessions, workshops, meetings and other events please visit the website.

Along with program and organizing chair, Stefano Armenia, the organizing team includes Olivio Argenti, Andrea Furlan, Alberto Atzori, Vanessa Armendariz, Valerio Ciuffini, and Eleanor Piacenza. The Sapienza University of Rome will serve as the host of the conference. For further information, you can contact the SYDIC organizing team at the following email addresses: workshop2015@systemdynamics.it and staff@systemdynamics.it. The conference will take place in Rome from July 6-7, 2015.
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Hazhir Rahmandad’s course ‘Research Seminar in SD’

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:40 pm

Member Hazhir Rahmandad’s course ‘Research Seminar in System Dynamics’ Now Online

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is now offering the course Research Seminar in System Dynamics as part of its OpenCourseWare. This doctoral level seminar in System Dynamics modeling provides background on classic works in dynamic modeling as well as current research problems and papers. With a focus on social, economic and technical systems, participants will learn to critique theories and models. The course was originally taught in the spring of 2014 by Professor Hazhir Rahmandad. MIT OpenCourseWare, founded in 1999, provides free and open materials online from the MIT curriculum.
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Join us in Boston for Introduction to Dynamic Modeling

Postby Karim Chichakly » Tue Apr 21, 2015 10:45 am

Space is limited - reserve your place today!

"Introduction to Dynamic Modeling" builds practical skills for addressing real-world issues
Dates: May 7-8, 2015
Place: Conference Center at Waltham Woods, Waltham, MA
Faculty: Bob Eberlein and Steve Peterson
Special Discounts: 20% for University and 50% for K-12

Learn hands-on how to apply Systems Thinking using STELLA and iThink

Whether you are looking to jumpstart a modeling project or simply trying to come up to speed on the concepts, language, and process of the dynamic modeling approach, this two-day workshop is for you! Designed to help build your skills in the practical application of Systems Thinking and dynamic modeling, we'll draw upon years of real-world experience to help guide discussions and get you started modeling an issue of your own choosing.

Space is limited so sign up today! To learn more or register online, visit http://www.iseesystems.com/workshop, email support@iseesystems.com, or call (603) 448-4990.

Download Registration Form here: http://www.iseesystems.com/Store/training/Intro_Dyn_Workshop_Registration.pdf
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