32nd SD colloquium at WPI
On Friday, April 22nd, System Dynamics graduate students and faculties gathered at the beautiful campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) to present their SD-related research and receive feedback from the experts in the field. This System Dynamics Colloquium, which was the 32nd of the series, provided an amazing opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with faculty members, students, and practitioners of the field. Attendees enjoyed eleven presentations from WPI, MIT, Binghamton University, Harvard, Purdue University, and UAlbany. Topics ranged from competitive dynamics to the latest developments in leveraging XMILE standard. Working models presented had boundaries as expansive as a national economy or national water resource management to as focused a boundary as optimizing urban mobility and understanding the Lyme disease outbreak in the New England.
In his remarks, Professor Khalid Saeed reflected on the origins of the Colloquium as a “brown bag lunch discussion” at MIT on Fridays and how Professor David Andersen helped shape and guide those events to their current form of a Colloquium over time. He spoke of the benefit of informal, non-evaluated, collaboration such as the Colloquium. He encouraged students to organize their own informal learning meetings, citing the WPI SD Club’s weekly Collective Learning Meeting
, often recorded and broadcasted live, as just one possible example.
The event concluded with a great dinner reception at a local restaurant where the guests enjoyed socializing with their friends and colleagues, not to mention a delicious meal as well!
The next System Dynamics Colloquium will be scheduled by students of University at Albany in the fall of 2016.