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Population Modeling Group Organizing

Postby Jacob Barhak » Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:28 pm

Following the increased interest in population modeling in the last MSM/IMAG meeting held at the NIH, we started a population modeling mailing list.

In a nutshell, our group is attracting population modelers of all sorts to start a discussion and exchange information about techniques and tools. Our current definition of population modeling is quite broad:
"Modeling a collection of entities with different levels of heterogeneity"

We are open to evolution of this definition through examples that we gather.

Additional information on the group and examples of categories can be found in the following links:
http://www.imagwiki.nibib.nih.gov/conte ... king-group
https://simtk.org/home/popmodwkgrpimag

If you are interested in computational population modeling, please consider joining the list at:
https://simtk.org/mailman/listinfo/popmodwkgrpimag-news

The main current activity in the list is collecting population modeling related work to characterize the group by examples. Here is a link to the list archives:
https://simtk.org/pipermail/popmodwkgrpimag-news/

Your intellectual contributions are welcome.
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India Chapter presents first of one-day seminar series

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:38 pm

The System Dynamics Society India Chapter organized the first of a series of one-day seminars on Business Systems Modeling at one of India's leading universities, the O.P Jindal Business School (JBS) in New Delhi, India. The seminar was conducted by Society members Karan Khosla (EarthSafe Enterprises) with support from Dr. Saroj Koul (Dean of Supply Chain and Logistics at JBS); it was attended by experienced mid-career professionals from across India, studying at various management programmes at the Jindal Business School. The programme's focus was on building management flight simulators for strategic business planning. Two models were built and analysed: the first model demonstrated how delays in human resource supply chains impact project profitability; the second demonstrated how common marketing strategies for durable products can be captured and explored using a simple diffusion model. The seminars to follow in early 2015 will focus on creating SD based management flight simulators to capture processes related to production, marketing, and accounting. For more information on the India Chapter, and all other System Dynamics Society Chapters, please visit http://chapters.systemdynamics.org/.
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System Dynamics Academic Forum in Shanghai

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:59 am

November 14-15, 2014 – Shanghai, China: The second System Dynamics Academic Forum for Postgraduates was hosted by Shanghai University of International Business and Economics in Shanghai, Nov 14-15, 2014. The forum received about 80 papers submitted by postgraduate students and young scholars from more than 15 universities and institutes. 57 of the submitted papers were accepted by the committee after refereeing. This forum brought the present members together for a high-quality two-day conference with two keynote speeches delivered by Professor Xu LI from Fudan University and Professor Enzo Binova from the University of Palermo. After paper presentation and communication in two parallel sessions, where invited eminent scholars in SD area made sublime comments, the awards ceremony was held on the closing ceremony. The forum offered an extensive and in-depth examination into the academics and application of system dynamics.
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Cumenal appointed Head of Dynamic Systems Group at AFSCET

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue Nov 18, 2014 1:43 pm

Member Didier Cumenal appointed Head of Dynamic Systems Group at AFSCET

AFSCET (French Association of Systems Science Cognitive and Technical Cybernetics) represents the French community systemic to the European Union of Systems (UES). It was founded in 1999 by Lucien Mehl, State Councilor, who died in 2005. Today, it is chaired by François Dubois, Full Professor (Applied Mathematics) at the “Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris” and member of the Laboratory of Structural Mechanics and Systems. AFSCET’s mission is to be a place where exchanges may take place with practices and lessons from diverse backgrounds. These exchanges are based on the systemic–the thought process from Information Theory and Cybernetics. Transdisciplinarity, the integration of major societal debates and thinking about the prospective are at the heart of the concerns of AFSCET. The Association invites all members who wish to participate in these discussions and thoughts. Three working groups are currently active:

- AFSCET Café
- Modeling of Complex Systems
- System Dynamics (Think Tank)

“System Dynamics (Think Tank)” group is facilitated by Dr. Didier CUMENAL (Paris Sorbonne Ph.D., former Dean of the Faculty). He regularly publishes research on System Dynamics and is a long-time member of the System Dynamics Society. The primary mission of the group “System Dynamics Thinking” of AFSCET is to reactivate the dynamics systems in France. To this end, we will conduct several actions:

- Learning the system dynamics (method, tools) to expand the vision of our economic and social environment.
- Share with managers and academics, experience in system dynamics models.

The Association organizes conferences, workshops, discussions, seminars, devoted to the exploration of theories and systemic practices. It broadcasts all of its work with researchers, professionals and students, by means of the Internet and / or paper publications.
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CI analysis of the new US-China climate agreement

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Nov 13, 2014 5:09 pm

Climate Interactive analysis of the new US-China climate agreement

The United States and China just announced a new climate deal. China President Xi Jinping made the commitment that China would stop its emissions from growing by 2030, and President Obama announced that the United States would emit 26 percent to 28 percent less carbon in 2025 than it did in 2005. The Climate Interactive team analyzed the impact of the new climate agreement between the US and China: Breaking Analysis US China Climate Deal.

It has been picked up so far by the Associated Press and Climate Progress.

One of the advantages of the C-ROADS model is that it runs essentially instantly, so the minute news of the agreement broke, the CI team could begin to analyze the likely impacts on climate change and get the results out to the world in less than 24 hours.

For more on Climate Interactive, including access to the C-ROADS and En-ROADS models so you can try your own scenarios, see www.climateinteractive.org.
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European Master in System Dynamics (EMSD) study programme

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Nov 13, 2014 5:07 pm

The European Master in System Dynamics (EMSD) is a two-year study programme provided by four European universities: Bergen, Lisbon, Palermo and Nijmegen. In this scientifically and practically oriented programme, students are taught two complementary sets of knowledge and skills: analytical modelling and group facilitation.

The deadline for applications of potential students for classes starting end August 2015 in Bergen is 1st December 2014 (at least if you want to apply for a scholarship—without, a later application is possible). Please spread the word! More information: www.emsd.eu.
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Transforming Community Health Using System Dynamics

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:50 pm

From John Sterman:

Transforming Community Health Using System Dynamics

Please see this blog post by Susan Dentzer, former editor of Health Affairs and now a senior leader at RWJF, describing the work ReThink Health has done to begin transforming the health care and health system of Atlanta. ReThink Health is a nonprofit initiative dedicated to improving health care, lowering costs and improving population health. RTH uses system dynamics models, interactive simulations, community organizing and other methods to engage stakeholders from all sectors of communities. The system dynamics models RTH uses were developed by MIT and MIT Sloan alums, including Jack Homer and Gary Hirsch; RTH is led by Bobby Milstein, who is a research scientist here at MIT Sloan, and we’ve used the simulations in our teaching. I was one of the founders of RTH along with Don Berwick, Elliot Fisher, and other key health system leaders.

http://thehealthcareblog.com/blog/2014/ ... ity-health
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New Feature: Language Field in the Bibliography

Postby Roberta Spencer » Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:16 pm

We now have a field so that references in our Bibliography can be searched by language. We invite those of you who wish to submit journal articles, books, chapters in books, and other forms of references to do so in your native language.

As always, we are looking for new references or references that have not yet been included in our Bibliography. If you have references that you would like to share with us, please send them to office@systemdynamics.org.

The Bibliographic Updates page lists recent additions to the System Dynamics Bibliography. This list is updated whenever new submissions are received.

The third 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.
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Jillian Wisniewski, System Dynamics TA at MIT Sloan

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:34 pm

Jillian Wisniewski, System Dynamics TA at MIT Sloan

Please see Jillian’s story. After graduation she will be headed to West Point to teach System Dynamics.
http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/student- ... ewski-1008
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Jones to speak at Smithsonian’s Grand Challenges Consortia

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:44 pm

Member Andrew Jones to speak at Smithsonian’s Grand Challenges Consortia Symposium

Member Andrew Jones will give a presentation at the one-day symposium titled Living in the Anthropocene: Prospects for Climate, Economics, Health, and Security, organized by the Smithsonian’s Grand Challenges Consortia. It will be held at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC on October 9, 2014. Andrew’s presentation is titled “Solving Climate Change in 20 Minutes: A Guided Simulation.” The symposium will consider how humans are transforming the climate and environments of the Earth at an accelerating rate through agriculture, urbanization, transportation, the use of fossil fuels, and many other activities. The views of leaders in the fields of climate, health, economics, and security who will consider the problems we face will be featured and possible solutions offered. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

Last year Andrew, along with his co-authors, was the recipient of the System Dynamics Applications Award, presented every other year for the best “real world” application of system dynamics. The award was for their work Climate Interactive: The C-ROADS Climate Policy Model. Andrew is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Climate Interactive.
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