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Web Portal Updates

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System Dynamics Newsletter is published four times every year. Please send us your letters, news, photographs, and ideas to be included in one of the newsletters! Additionally, if you would like to contribute an article of interest to our community, please send your article to the Society office.

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Workshop/Call for Submissions

The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) Workshop aims at bringing together people that are interested in any aspect of agent-based models (ABM) of social agents in organizations. Submissions are invited that seek to examine the applications, structure, how-to, potentials, and philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of ABM applied to organizational behavior and social agency. The workshop welcomes contributions from any discipline, including but not limited to psychology, sociology, management, computer science, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, economics, and philosophy. Submissions are due November 3, 2013 and they may range from empirical investigations to theoretical and philosophical studies. For more information, check the Call for Abstracts:

Latin America Chapter of the System Dynamics Society Annual Conference November 6-8, 2013 – Mexico DF: Technological Monterrey, Mexico City Campus. For the past 10 years, the Latin America Chapter of the System Dynamics Society has convened annually to help promote system dynamics and systems thinking within the community, and also to help strengthen links. Researchers, practitioners, educators, and students from Latin America will present papers supporting, and in line with, the congress' objectives and themes. For a complete listing, visit, follow on Twitter at @onceclads. Hosted by the Latin America Chapter of the System Dynamics Society.

First Asia-Pacific System Dynamics Conference February 22-24, 2014 – Tokyo, Japan: Kanda Campus, Senshu University. The First Asia-Pacific System Dynamics Conference aims at popularizing and extending system dynamics in the wide area of the Asia-Pacific region. The conference facilitates interactions between local chapters and interest groups, introduces newcomers to the field, keeps practitioners aware of current developments, and provides unparalleled networking opportunities. Please see the Call for Papers. Hosted by the Japan Chapter of the System Dynamics Society.

Systems Thinking and Dynamic Modeling Conference – Integrating Learning Environments The 11th Biennial Systems Thinking and Dynamic Modeling Conference will be held in Wellesley, Massachusetts from June 28-30, 2014. This conference will feature effective strategies and methods for K-12 systems education. Educators, policy makers, and interested citizens will have the opportunity to explore and learn approaches that can integrate all aspects of the learning environment and improve learning. For more information, please visit

Eskom's First Annual System Dynamics Conference 20th November 2013. The objective of this conference is to bring the South African system dynamics network together to share experiences gained in applying a system dynamics methodology to better understand the dynamic behaviour of complex systems over time with respect to system description, problem identification, policy analysis and design. By giving the system dynamics community a platform to demonstrate their work and share lessons learnt, Eskom aims to support growth of this science on a national level so that South Africans are better equipped to make strategic decisions. The conference is free and the invitation is open to system dynamics practitioners, policy makers, decision makers, strategists, energy planners, and modellers, as well as those interested in learning about the practical applications of the system dynamics methodology. Eskom hereby invites you to attend. For registration forms and other conference details, please email Mapule Ntsoane at

XMILE System Dynamics Web Seminars

This June, the OASIS Open Standards Body launched a technical committee to develop a standard for specifying and storing system dynamics models called XMILE. As part of that effort, the XMILE Technical Committee is trying to build awareness of both system dynamics and the formative standard through a series of web seminars. These seminars will feature a variety of applications from speakers who are likely well-known to you.

All webinars are free, and we encourage you to sign up. But, more importantly, we hope you will pass this information along to people you know who might be interested in learning more about system dynamics and the topics covered. There will be a range of applications presented – something interesting for everyone.

Please visit the OASIS XMILE Technical Committee page for upcoming webinar schedules and past webinar videos.

Last Call Available for Sale Online The "Last Call" is a documentary film about The Limits to Growth. The film presents rare historical footage and extensive new interviews with all the principals to portray the Club of Rome project, from its birth at MIT until its profound relevance today. The film had its US premiere at the 2013 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society. It is now available for sale at

isee systems Delivers Big Insights Through the Systems Innovation Practice

Consultancy brings deep system dynamics experience to broad range of client engagements: August 20, 2013, Lebanon, New Hampshire — Long recognized as thought leaders in systems thinking practice and tools, isee systems has partnered with a distinguished team of system dynamicists to form Systems Innovation Practice. "This Practice connects client organizations with some of the most experienced systems thinkers in the world," says Khalid Saeed, Practice founder, and close friend and colleague of the late Barry Richmond. "Our collaborative processes will ensure that clients develop high-value models that yield productive insights."

The Practice delivers value to a wide-range of client organizations, and the consultants are particularly experienced in health care, energy, environment, public policy, and business issues. Services include:

"Our deep and broad collective experience allows us to match the service, approach, modeling tools, and consultant with client requirements," says Bob Eberlein, Practice consultant. "Our goal is to guide clients in uncovering systemic structures and designing policies that will yield the best results."

isee systems continues to support partnerships with qualified consulting groups around the world. Clients will be referred to partners that are best able to address their issues. For more information about the Systems Innovation Practice's services, insight models, projects, and team, please visit

Report on Impact Factor for System Dynamics Review

The new Thomson Reuters ISI Impact Factors for 2012 have just been released today. There has been improvement in the two- and five-year impact factors and a significant move in the journal rankings. The two-year Impact Factor improved from 0.867 in 2011 to an all-time high of 1.444. The System Dynamics Review's 5-year Impact Factor has fluctuated up and down in recent years, but the latest 5-year Impact Factor is up from 1.227 to 1.681, also its highest ever. In terms of ranking, these new figures now put our journal 13th out of 44 titles in the Social Sciences, Mathematical Methods and also now ranks the journal 74th out of 172 titles in the General Management category.

System Dynamics Case Repository

In a recent Wolfram Blog "Energy Resource Dynamics with the New System Dynamics Library for SystemModeler" by Mikael Forsgren, Wolfram MathCore, part of the first paragraph states "System dynamics, a methodology developed by Jay Forrester in the '60s and '70s, is well suited for understanding the dynamics of large-scale systems with diverse components. It has been famously applied by the Club of Rome to investigate the limits of human growth; other applications include production management, life sciences, and economics (some showcases of the methodology can be found here)."

If you have used system dynamics in a project for a private or public organization and would like your case to be known more widely, please submit for inclusion in the System Dynamics Case Repository. Please follow the submission instructions. For more information on the Case Repository, also see Rouwette, E. A. J. A. and Ghaffarzadegan, N. (2013), The system dynamics case repository project. Syst. Dyn. Rev., 29: 56–60. doi: 10.1002/sdr.1491.

New PhDs

Balagopal G. Menon completed his PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, West Bengal, India in July, 2013. Menon's thesis advisor was Professor Biswajit Mahanty of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India. The PhD dissertation was titled "Modeling the Effects of Energy Efficiency Improvements in Personal Transport Sector in India." The thesis was on energy system modeling and management, and specifically into the assessment of energy efficiency policy effectiveness. The study mainly focused on how the improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency influence the commuters' travel behaviour thereby finally affecting the fuel consumption and GHG emissions in the country. A system dynamics model was developed to capture this fuel efficiency improvement – travel behaviour dynamics in order to project the effectiveness of the policy towards energy conservation and environment protection in India. Menon is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Production and Industrial Engineering of SCMS School of Engineering and Technology, Kerala, India. He is also a consultant for applied statistics and system sciences. Menon's areas of interest include Operations Management, Simulation, System Dynamics and Policy Planning, Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis, and Statistical Design of Experiments. Congratulations, Balagopal!

David Rees successfully defended his PhD dissertation "Developing a Theory of Implementation for Better Chronic Health Management" in May 2013 at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. His system dynamics research interests and consulting practice are in the design and implementation of new health practices in primary care, health policy, and transitional issues involved in moving to a sustainable energy future. Congratulations, David!

Submitted by: Bob Cavana,Victoria Business School & Jackie Cumming, Health Services Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Rikin Thakker completed his PhD dissertation "A System Dynamics Approach to Quantitatively Analyze the Effects of Mobile Broadband Ecosystem's Variables on Demands and Allocation of Wireless Spectrum for the Cellular Industry" in March 2013. He was awarded the degree in May 2013 from The George Washington University. With over 10 years of experience in the field of cellular and wireless communication, Rikin applied system dynamics to the ever-debated question of demand and capacity of mobile data networks. His research tried to validate the "spectrum scarcity" notion by modeling the wireless ecosystem. System dynamics provided a very powerful means (through causal loop diagram and stock-and-flow model-based simulation) to conduct the study analyzing effects of various elements of a wireless ecosystem on mobile spectrum utilization. Rikin's advisors were Dr. Timothy Eveleigh and Dr. Thomas Holzer.

Rikin's research interests include spectrum management, design of cell-sites employing co-siting techniques, in-building wireless capacity and coverage optimization, and system dynamics. He has helped design, deploy and maintain cell sites with 3G and 4G technologies for major cellular operators in the United States. He has also been an Adjunct Faculty member in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) since 2009. Rikin was recently invited to join the Editorial Review Board for the International Journal of System Dynamics Application (IJSDA). He has a Master of Science in Telecommunications from UMCP (2002) and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communications from the Gujarat University, India (2000).

Congratulations, Rikin!

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