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Peer Mentoring Network

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:22 pm

Peer Mentoring Network

David Andersen connects with colleagues via a System Dynamics peer mentoring network, aka The Thursday Morning Group. David says peer mentoring is imperative to increasing effectiveness and progression in careers and professions, specifically in fields such as System Dynamics. The Thursday Morning Group meets via live video chat in order to catch up and provide support for fellow System Dynamicists who are exploring new challenges and project avenues. Participants come from as far west as California and as far east as Ethiopia. Some members have known each other since 1975, and others as recent as several years ago. Attendance is very regular and members of the group are committed to high quality work in System Dynamics and its effect on society. Participants act as the group mediator to ensure effectiveness of the online peer mentoring session. The international group explores and develops aspects of System Dynamics issues, concerns and future planning by rotating who presents research and issues at the meetings. Each meeting has a particular focus and participants prepare questions they would like to address during meeting times. Friendships are strengthened and professional development increases as projects are launched and research continues to be conducted through the System Dynamics Peer Mentoring Network group meetings on Thursday mornings.

Perhaps there are similar efforts elsewhere that the Society can share on our website? If so please send us your news!
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XMILE Panel Disucssion

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:48 pm

XMILE Panel Disucssion: How Will XMILE Impact the System Dynamics Landscape?

Over the past months, we’ve seen great System Dynamics use cases, ranging from climate to retail, some using Big Data. The goal of XMILE is to make it easier to develop such applications and support the integration of System Dynamics models into additional solutions being developed for business and policy makers. To finish the year, we are presenting four webinars that focus on the draft XMILE specification developed by the OASIS Technical Committee.

In this fourth and last XMILE overview webinar, we will have an open panel discussion with three leaders of the System Dynamics field on their views of what XMILE can do to change the field. Please join Andrew Ford of Washington State University, Diana Fisher of CC Modeling Systems, Ignacio Martinez-Moyano of Argonne National Laboratory, and us for what promises to be an energetic and informative discussion.

This webinar is the twelfth in the Big Data, System Dynamics, and XMILE webinar series jointly sponsored by IBM, isee systems, and the OASIS XMILE Technical Committee. The series showcases exemplar applications of System Dynamics in the areas of environment, business, health care, and public policy and discuss new opportunities that will be available as the XMILE standard is adopted.

If you know people interested in this topic, please tell them about this event. Read details and register. Visit xmile.systemdynamics.org for more information on this event and the full series including past webinar recordings available for viewing, upcoming events, and joint sponsors.

Bob Eberlein
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C-ROADS Analysis in Science article

Postby Roberta Spencer » Sat Jun 07, 2014 4:33 am

The news item A bold baby step on emissions, by Eli Kintisch from the new issue of Science (6 JUNE 2014 • VOL 344 ISSUE 6188 1071) discusses the likely impact of the new proposed EPA rules limiting CO2 emissions from existing coal plants. The team at Science asked Climate Interactive to analyze the impact of the rules on global emissions and warming.

Opponents of the rules including the coal industry argue that the US rules will have only a small impact on global emissions and warming, but the goal of the rule is also to promote reductions by other nations. Up to now, nations including China (the world’s largest emitter), India, and other key developing nations have argued that they should not be asked to cut their emissions or coal use when the US has no policies to cut theirs. The new rules, if implemented, will undercut this argument, and may be important in leading to a new global agreement to reduce emissions now being negotiated, with a target date for agreement of 2015, at the UNFCCC meeting to be held in Paris that year. The C-ROADS analysis shows that if other nations follow the US reductions the benefits are huge, with future warming falling from nearly 5°C above preindustrial levels to just above 2°C.

Further explanation and documentation of the analysis can be found here. Sent in by John Sterman.
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Re: In the News

Postby Leonard Malczynski » Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:50 pm

Those of you who did not know Klaus missed a great opportunity.
Klaus was the embodiment of the friendliness of the participants at the Society conferences.

I can't remember when we first met, possibly Boston 2005 or 2007.
After that initial meeting one of the first things I would do at a conference was look for Klaus.

Of course the only way I would find him was to explore the city we were in, not that he didn't actively participate in the conference.
I recall turning the corner in the Plaka in Athens and almost bumping into him and one of his children. That also happened in other cities.

I can imagine the loss for his family. I too selfishly felt a great loss last night when I read the news.
As tears come to my eyes, the only thing I can think of to say is, "Klaus, see you at the next conference."
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In Memoriam

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:22 am

Klaus Dieter John from Chemnitz University of Technology passed away two weeks ago. Klaus was a long time member and participant at our conferences every year. In addition to being a past representative of the Economics Chapter, Klaus was an enthusiastic reviewer for conference paper submissions. Klaus introduced his daughter Sarah and son Sebastian to System Dynamics and they accompanied him to a number of our conferences. Sarah wrote recently “My father often told us how much he enjoyed being part of the System Dynamics Society. He really cherished the friendly and warmhearted atmosphere that he hadn’t experienced at any other society in that intensity and manner. I just wanted to let you know, how inspiring the System Dynamics Society had been to him.”

Narendra K Patni from Patni Holdings LLC has died recently. Naren was a steadfast sponsor and member the System Dynamics Society for many years. He was a graduate of MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Naren was a student of Jay Forrester and worked for him for a few years prior to the formation of Patni Computer Systems, an extremely successful Indian outsourcing business. Earlier this year, Naren wrote a quick note to the Society office, “He [Jay] and I go a long way back. He is my true mentor.” Naren introduced his son Anirudh to System Dynamics; Anirudh was also a member of the Society.
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Live Web Seminar – the Third Overview XMILE Webinar

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu May 29, 2014 10:37 pm

Live Web Seminar – XMILE’s Display and Interface Capabilities

Announcing the third overview XMILE webinar! Join us on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 as Billy Schoenberg of isee systems and Gary Baxter MEMIC of will explain how stock-flow diagrams are represented in XMILE. They will also discuss how output objects (such as graphs and tables) are described, how input objects (such as sliders and switches), are specified, and how the stock-flow diagram can be annotated with text, graphics, and buttons.

Over the past seven months, we have presented seven System Dynamics use cases, some using Big Data. To finish the year, we are presenting four webinars that focus on the draft XMILE specification developed by the OASIS Technical Committee: overview, technical details of simulation aspects, technical details of display and interface aspects, and a panel discussion with System Dynamics leaders about the impact of XMILE on their work and the field. The webinar series showcases exemplar applications of System Dynamics in the areas of environment, business, health care, and public policy and discuss new opportunities that will be available as the XMILE standard is adopted.

If you know people interested in this topic, please tell them about this event. Read details and register. Visit xmile.systemdynamics.org for more information on this event and the full series including past webinar recordings available for viewing, upcoming events, and joint sponsors.

Bob Eberlein
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Yukata Takahashi quoted in Japanese newspaper

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue May 27, 2014 7:55 pm

Society member, Professor Yutaka Takahashi, of Senshu University School of Commerce, reported to us that he was recently quoted in the Yomiuri Shimbum morning edition.

At issue was public procurement for a job training program. There are laws in Japan that prohibit public officers having close contact with prospective bidders prior to the bidding process. Despite this several officers of the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare gave much information to a prospective bidder, the Japan Organization for Employment of the Elderly, Persons with Disabilities and Job Seekers (JEED).

Professor Takahashi credits his System Dynamics experience with aiding him in concluding that even though regulation and punishments are in place for the public procurement process; there are "systematic problems…” He went on to say, "The schedule and nationwide scale of this project caused uncertainty and related organizations' avoidance of responsibility. The correct solution must redesign the whole project as a system, balance resources and project size, and avoid underestimating unfavorable time evolution of small changes."

Professor Takahashi is a member of the public procurement supervision committee, Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare in Japan.

The Yomiuri Shimbum has a daily circulation of over 9.8 million copies.
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The System Dynamics Bibliography has been updated

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu May 22, 2014 9:28 pm

The System Dynamics Bibliography has been updated (May 22, 2014)

The second update of the 2014 Bibliography is now available. It can be viewed in text format (Notepad) as well as a tab delimited format (database compatible). For those who have EndNote X or higher, there is a compressed version. Instructions may be found on the Download page.

The Bibliographic Updates page lists recent additions to the System Dynamics Bibliography. The Updates Page includes references for recent journal articles as well as older journal articles that have just been brought to our attention. We are always looking for new references or references that have not yet been included in our Bibliography.

Was your paper accepted for our Delft Conference? Have you had a journal article or conference paper published recently? Did you find your references in the System Dynamics Bibliography? If not, and you would like to share with us the System Dynamics, Systems Thinking or Systems Modeling references that you used that are not included in our Bibliography, please send them to office@systemdynamics.org. We would love to hear from you.
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System Dynamics Africa Chapter takes off with a big bang!

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu May 22, 2014 9:19 pm

The Society’s Policy Council recently approved the formation of the System Dynamics Africa Chapter. This is an important step in creating awareness of System Dynamics and its applications in solving pressing societal challenges across Africa. The Chapter’s membership covers nearly 30 countries.

The objectives of the Chapter are to:
a. promote understanding and awareness of system dynamics as a problem solving approach to many of the Africa-based problems;
b. identify, develop, extend and disseminate knowledge contributing to the understanding of feedback systems in Africa;
c. promote the development of the field of System Dynamics and the free interchange of learning, research and scholarship in all related fields in Africa;
d. encourage and develop educational programmes in the feedback behaviour of systems in Africa.

In order to achieve these objectives, the Chapter shall conduct meetings, workshops and conferences, and publish books and other materials.

There are many items on the Chapter’s agenda. Soon it shall hold its proposed flagship Conference, the 1st International Workshop on System Dynamics, Big Data and Cloud Computing. The conference will be held on the 11th and 12th of November, 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya. The 10th of November will be reserved for the PhD Colloquium.

You are welcome to take part as an author, a reviewer, adviser or just a participant to get current knowledge and understanding of System Dynamics and its applications in Africa.

The president of the Chapter, Professor Ddembe Williams, says, “We expect Case studies, experience papers, and theoretical papers mainly focusing on global societal challenges, including global health, food security, climate change, software development, water usage and policy development.” There will be four plenary sessions.

More information including the call will be available on the Society’s website.
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XMILE’s Simulation Capabilities: Video now available

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu May 22, 2014 1:16 pm

What impact could XMILE have within the System Dynamics community? Will Glass-Husain shared his personal experience trying to develop new System Dynamics tools from proprietary formats and the expressed his enthusiasm for an open standard. He showed the overall XMILE file format and then concentrated on the System Dynamics language supported, as well as the means for extending that language. He shared a number of examples of XMILE models. The OASIS Technical Committee is working toward an XMILE 1.0 draft in June and a review by the System Dynamics community in July. Two more XMILE overview webinars are scheduled in June, culminating with a roundtable discussion and ballot at the International System Dynamics Conference in Delft in July.

Please go to http://xmile.systemdynamics.org/ to see the materials from this webinar:
Video: XMILE’s Simulation Capabilities presentation
Powerpoint slides: XMILE’s Simulation Capabilities slides

This presentation was the ninth in a series of webinars on Big Data, System Dynamics, and XMILE. These webinars will explore such diverse topics as business, healthcare, public policy, and the environment. More information is available at http://xmile.systemdynamics.org/.

Best regards,
Will Glass-Husain, Forio
Karim Chichakly, isee systems
Steve Adler, IBM
Bob Eberlein, isee systems
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