Forrester Seminar Series Screenings begin June 8th in Albany
The Albany System Dynamics Group will be screening the Forrester Seminar Series over the summer break. On Monday, June 8th, we begin with the first half of Session A – “What is System Dynamics.” Join us on the UAlbany Uptown Campus, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany NY 12222–Room BB 368 (that is the new School of Business
building) at 5:00 PM. We will watch together and have an informal discussion afterwards. The suggested readings will be made available for attendees. For more information, please contact Eliot Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org
.Forrester Seminar Series on System DynamicsProfessor Jay W. Forrester, the founder of the field
Jay Forrester is Professor of Management at the Sloan School of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is founder of the field of system dynamics. Beginning in 1946, Forrester directed the MIT Digital Computer Laboratory, which built whirlwind, the first digital computer, at MIT. He invented random-access, coincident-current, magnetic memory which launched the era of reliable digital computers. Later, at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, he directed development and installation of the SAGE system for North American air defense. Forrester has pioneered the use of system dynamics in management education, applications to social systems, and more recently, system dynamics as a foundation for a more relevant pre-college education from kindergarten through 12th grade.Seminar Information
Professor Jay Forrester, in the fall of 1999, conducted a seminar series for Ph.D. students in system dynamics. Each of the eleven three-hour sessions is devoted to a different stand-alone topic, which should be of benefit to any student or practitioner in the field. The series is not a progressive tutorial for learning system dynamics, but covers related concepts and philosophy.
In an educational setting, these sessions can be used as assignments, to be viewed in preparation for a follow-up class discussion. Those who are applying system dynamics in business and social situations should find these sessions useful in broadening their understanding of the field.Session Descriptions:Session A: What is System Dynamics?
Professor Jay W. Forrester discusses how system dynamics started with a history beginning just before World War II. The students ask about mental models, kinds of feedback, and the relationship between system dynamics and cybernetics.