>> Africa Regional Chapter
The System Dynamics Africa Chapter is organizing its inaugural Chapter Workshop to exchange novel ideas and practical experience in System Dynamics. “The 1st International Workshop on System Dynamics, Big Data and Cloud Computing” will be held at the Safari Park Hotel Nairobi in Kenya on 12-13 January 2015.
The theme of this workshop is “Transformation for Sustainable Development.” It is designed for System Dynamics members and practitioners in Africa and elsewhere in the world who are interested in emerging societal challenges and how to leverage the developments in big data and cloud computing technologies.
Participants will benefit from an international perspective and meaningful insights of leading System Dynamics experts and fellow delegates from the Africa region and the rest of the world. The purpose of this workshop is to create awareness of System Dynamics and its applications in solving pressing societal challenges.
The workshop will constitute keynote speeches by invited speakers, case studies, experience papers and theoretical papers related to System Dynamics, big data and emerging cloud computing. We encourage submission of workshop papers on any of the following topics:
Global health and healthcare systems; Education; Agriculture and food security; Drought, Climate Change and community resilience; Software systems development; Water usage, Green energy; Economic Inclusion; Human mobility (Transportation and Traffic); Policy development; Security, migration and counter terrorism; Smart Cities; Big data for sustainable development; Big data analytics in health care; Big data for innovation and productivity; Simulation data storage and cloud services; Dealing with large simulation data; Environment conservation; Policies for sustainable transition; Supply chain management; and Project management.
Workshop papers should be submitted as a single file in springer format not exceeding 5500 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. Workshop proceedings will consist of abstracts of accepted papers. The best 10 papers will be published in a special issue of the International Journal of System Dynamics Applications and the next 20 papers will be published as book chapters with Springer.
The key dates are as follows:
15 November, 2014: Paper Submission Deadline;
30 November, 2014: Notification of Acceptance;
15 December, 2014: Registration & Camera Ready;
11-13 January, 2015: Workshop.
For further information, please contact:
Ddembe Williams, President Africa Chapter,
KCA University, Thika Road, Ruaraka,
P.O.Box 56808 – 00200, NAIROBI – Kenya,
Tel: +254708726398; Email: email@example.com
We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting workshop in the African Savannah!!
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The Brazilian Chapter of the System Dynamics Society is moving on with the efforts to attract new members and to promote knowledge and use of System Dynamics in Brazil. The main initiatives held recently and that are under way are:
The Chapter promoted a simulation lab at the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) with Professor Jason Jay from MIT, who conducted Web-Sim Fishbanks for 110 participants from 30 institutions. Participants included members of the federal government’s Environmental Office, and of the Department of Education of the State of São Paulo, faculty and students from some of the best universities in Brazil, and business consultants. The event was an excellent opportunity to promote sustainability and System Dynamics to a broad audience. We are detecting an increased interest in the field and in chapter activities.
The Chapter is planning a symposium in São Paulo, in preparation to supporting the 2015 Latin American Conference, which will probably be held in Brasília.
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The first System Dynamics Academic Forum for Postgraduates was hosted by Shanghai University of International Business and Economics in Shanghai, November 1-2, 2013. About 80 postgraduate students and young scholars from more than 17 universities and institutes attended the forum. This forum brought the present members together for a high-quality two-day conference with several keynote speeches and an academic salon.
The forthcoming 2014 System Dynamics academic forum for postgraduates and the National Symposium of System Dynamics will be offered on November 14-15, 2014.
Six members of the China Chapter attended the 32nd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society where Professor Bo Xu chaired the China Chapter meeting.
Invited by Associate Professor Enzo Bivona, Haiyan Yan from Shanghai University of International Business and Economics visited Italy on May 25-29, 2014 and discussed a System Dynamics PhD program collaboration with the University of Palermo.
Professor Bo Xu and Associate Professor Haiyan Yan attended the First Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of the System Dynamics Society held at Senshu University in Tokyo, Japan on February 22-24, 2014.
China Systems Engineering Society initiated a project “2014-2015 report on advances in System Science and Systems Engineering.” As an important branch, the System Dynamics Professional Committee has been involved in the project and is writing the report on System Dynamics development. Dr. Jianguo Jia, the vice-chairman of System Dynamics Professional Committee, is in charge of organizing the project team and completing the report writing.
Two training programs in System Dynamics were conducted: one in April in Shanghai and the other in October in Beijing. Around 30 people participated in the training program, most of them from universities and research institutions.
A research proposal using System Dynamics to investigate the future 30-year development, “Shanghai 2050,” has been funded by the Shanghai Government. It is a one year project to study different scenarios of Shanghai's social-economy-environment development.
China Chapter of System Dynamics held two regular meetings, March 16 and June 14, 2014, which focused on the planning of society activities.
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>> Economics Chapter
University of Bergen professor David Wheat was in Ukraine on September 22-23 for a conference related to his three-year project—“Learning Economics with Dynamic Modeling”—funded by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education. The goal of the project is to develop System Dynamics modeling capacity among the economics students and professors in the Finance Department at the National University of Kiev-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine. The project has funded 15 student visits (including three professors) to UiB to study System Dynamics applications to economics. This 5-minute video gives an overview of the project and includes interviews with students.
Professor Wheat also conducted a System Dynamics modeling workshop for staff economists at the central bank of Lithuania on October 3, 2014. Wheat is a visiting professor at ISM University of Economics and Management in Vilnius, where he teaches System Dynamics-based courses in monetary policy and public finance.
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>> German Chapter
More than 40 participants joined the 8th annual conference of the German Chapter, held in the end of May at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research in Karlsruhe. This year’s conference focused on System Dynamics methodology and the modelling process involving stakeholders. Related to this overall topic, Etienne Rouwette and Laura Black held key note speeches about their current research. Etienne Rouwette presented a project with the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Laura Black talked about “Modelling as Social Act.”
Furthermore, it was the 7th time the German Chapter awarded the Gert-von-Kortzfleisch Award in memory of Prof. Dr. Gert von Kortzfleisch who was a pioneer in teaching and using System Dynamics in his research in Germany. This year, the German Chapter awarded Roland Maximilian Happach for his master thesis titled “Three Scenarios of the European Natural Gas Market: A Market in Arrays”. In his thesis, Roland Maximilian Happach analyzes the impact of three distinct scenarios: the omission of long-term contracts, the increase of liquified natural gas and the introduction of bi-directional gas flows on the inner-European natural gas flows. It was the first time that the Gert-von-Kortzfleisch Award distinguished a master thesis. Segments of the thesis are published in the proceedings of the 2014 System Dynamics Conference (“Modelling the inner-European natural gas flows”). Roland Maximilian Happach completed the European Master in System Dynamics (EMSD) at the universities of Bergen (Norway), Palermo (Italy) and Nijmegen (the Netherlands) in 2012 as part of the first cohort.
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>> Japan Chapter
The Japan Chapter of System Dynamics Society (JSD) organized the symposium on “Model Analysis of Sustainable Urban Development” with cooperation of the Transportation Research Center of the Graduate School of Science and Technology, Nihon University and Japan Association for Human and Environmental Symbiosis (JAHES). The symposium was held on September 19, 2014 at the Surugadai campus of the College of Science and Technology, Nihon University.
After opening remarks by Dr. Atsushi Fukuda, professor of Nihon University and the secretary general of JSD, Dr. Günter Emberger, professor of Vienna University of Technology, Austria introduced MARS (Metropolitan Activity Relocation Simulator) and its applications in his keynote lecture. Dr. Atsushi Suzuki, associate professor of Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan, Dr. Mikiharu Arimura, associate professor of Muroran Institute of Technology, Hokkaido, Japan and Dr. Varameth Vichiensan, assistant professor of Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand delivered the lectures on the compact city and its influence on accessibility in different cities. Next, Dr. Tetsuhiro Ishizaka, assistant professor of Nihon University, Chiba, Japan introduced “Research Trend of System Dynamics on Analysis of Urban Development in Japan.”
At the end of this symposium, Dr. Yoshitsugu Hayashi, Professor of Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan and the president of JAHES, moderated the panel discussion with Dr. Günter Emberger, Dr. Atsushi Suzuki, Dr. Mikiharu Arimura and Dr. Varameth Vichiensan. The possibility of model analysis of sustainable urban development was discussed on this session. Finally, Dr. Akira Uchino, professor of Senshu Niniversity and the president of JSD delivered closing remarks.
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>> Latin America Chapter
The Latin-American Chapter meeting that took place at the 32nd International Conference in Delft was a fascinating experience where we had the opportunity of interacting and being an actively involved with different colleagues from the Society.
This year the Chapter meeting had the presence of 30 colleagues from different countries including Latin America, Spain and the USA. We had the opportunity to talk about the 2014 conference. Since 2003, the Latin-American Annual Conference has allowed practitioners to gather and newcomers to get in to touch. These conferences are the engine of our positive feedback loop: each year the number of works submitted and presented is increased.
This year’s XII Latin American Congress on System Dynamics, organized by INCAE, will take place in Costa Rica on December 9-11. The organizing teams are working very hard to get ready to receive the System Dynamics community. Information about the venue, accommodations, and more can be found at www.incae.edu/clads/convocatoria.html
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>> South Africa Chapter
The first six months of the South African System Dynamics (SASD) Chapter saw the formal establishment of the Chapter, the first roundtable discussion at the 2014 International System Dynamics Conference (ISDC), the first strategic meeting of the interim policy council, the running of a short course in System Dynamics (SD) modelling, and planning for the upcoming System Dynamics conference on the November 12th, 2014. We are excited to briefly report on each of these developments.
The SASD Chapter was formally constituted in February 2014, following several years of background work and the participation of researchers and practitioners from academia and industry.
The main objectives of the SASD Chapter, as per the Chapter’s constitution, are to:
- Promote understanding and awareness of System Dynamics as a problem solving approach to many of the Africa-based problems;
- Identify, develop, extend and disseminate knowledge contributing to the understanding of feedback systems in South Africa and the rest of Africa;
- Promote the development of the field of System Dynamics and the free interchange of learning, research and scholarship in all related fields in South Africa and the rest of Africa;
- Encourage and develop educational programmes in the feedback behaviour of systems in South Africa and the rest of Africa; and
- Create a collaborative platform and support for system dynamicists nationally and internationally.
The Chapter is currently finalising its registration as a “
Public Benefit Organisation,”
establishing its web presence, and registering its first cohort of members. 2. Attendance and participation in the 2014 ISDC in Delft:
Seven South African members of the SASD Chapter attended the 2014 ISDC in Delft, delivering a total of four presentations on diverse topics including water supply and demand management, sanitation options in informal settlements, dynamics of Facebook use and interpersonal relationships, and electricity and income distribution dynamics.
The Chapter also hosted a roundtable discussion at the conference, attended by participants from neighbouring countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and interested society members from Europe and the U.S. Several project proposals were discussed, along with proposed activities and focus areas for the Chapter in the coming year.
3. Building System Dynamics capacity in Southern Africa
In August 2014, Stellenbosch University ran its annual postgraduate course in SD modelling (see www.systemdynamics.org/sdcourses/AFstellen.html
). This course was initiated in 2009 by two of the founding members of the South African Chapter (Prof. Alan Brent and Dr. Josephine Musango), and was offered for the sixth time in 2014. The two-week course was attended by 18 students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including a number of executive students (one of whom is a policy-maker in the Mauritian government).
Two students from Stellenbosch University also undertook further System Dynamics training at the University of Bergen. The students–from the Department of Industrial Engineering at Stellenbosch University–are working towards Masters degrees in engineering management, but focussing on modelling aspects of the green economy in the Western Cape Province. To this end, they are participating in the Masters programme on Systems Dynamics at Bergen for one semester.
Planning is currently underway to host the first advanced System Dynamics course in Southern Africa (between 2015 and 2016) with the participation and interest of members of the SASD at Stellenbosch University and Rhodes University, and with the assistance of Dr. Jill Slinger from Delft University of Technology.
Eskom SOC (South Africa’s electricity public utility) also finalised a two-day Applied System Dynamics course facilitated by the System Dynamics Centre of Excellence under the leadership of Nalini Sooknanan Pillay (founding member of the SASD Chapter) in Eskom’s Research Testing and Development business unit. The course has been delivered to several external and internal parties who wish to:
- Understand the world of systems and its contexts.
- Be able to identify, plot and analyse the causal relationships between system elements.
- Classify, and apply criteria for the validation of models.
- Select the optimal approach to a modelling exercise.
- Identify and apply vocabulary, mathematics and functions within Stella.
- Understand a basic Stella model.
- Develop a simulation of system behaviour in Stella.
The application of System Dynamics in Eskom has been for strategic and operational purposes and includes simulating changes in key driving forces and dynamics around electricity supply and demand, environmental constraints, peak supply capacities, energy efficiency drives, customer satisfaction indices and various other electricity utility related subjects.
4. Interim policy council meeting in Johannesburg:
The first policy council meeting was held in September 2014, with eight out of nine policy council members attending. This served as the strategy meeting for 2014-2015 where the roles and responsibilities of committee members were also discussed. It was agreed that the current interim policy council would sit until December 2015, ahead of the inaugural AGM where the first board will be voted in. We will use the upcoming System Dynamics conference to announce the process.
5. The 2nd Annual System Dynamics Conference:
After the resounding success of the inaugural Eskom System Dynamics Conference held in November 2013, the 2nd Eskom System Dynamics Conference will be hosted on the 12th of November, 2014, in collaboration with the SASD Chapter to bring the South African System Dynamics network together, once more, to share experiences gained in applying a System Dynamics methodology to research, industrial, corporate and academic environments. By giving the System Dynamics community a platform to demonstrate their work and share lessons learnt, the conference aims to support growth of this science on a national level so that South Africans are better equipped to make strategic decisions. Cooperative learning will be stimulated by showcasing the exciting work that Eskom and other institutions have been undertaking in this field.
Registration is FREE and the deadline for registration is the 30th October 2014. If you would like to register, please email: Mapule at email@example.com or Nalini at firstname.lastname@example.org
In conclusion, the first six months of the SASD chapter have been about establishing a solid grounding for future chapter activities, whilst building capacity and support for System Dynamics in the Southern African region. We look forward to reporting on the outcomes and outputs from our System Dynamics conference, and taking the Chapter forward into 2015.
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>> Swiss Chapter
The Swiss Chapter of the System Dynamics Society has had new co-presidents since June, 2014. We wish to thank Justos Gallati and Lukas Schmid for their commitment to the chapter during the past years. We are thankful for their hard work and for building a community of almost 30 System Dynamic fellows in the Swiss Chapter.
We welcome Eliette Restrepo and Rolf Widmer as new co-presidents of the Swiss Chapter. Eliette and Rolf work at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) and have a background in Environmental and Electrical engineering, respectively. One of their main interests is the understanding of material cycles for critical metals such as rare earth elements, with a special focus on the opportunities for their recycling from end of life products such as electrical and electronic equipment.
Our last Chapter Meeting and General Assembly took place on May 7th at the ETH in Zurich. We had an interesting contribution from Simon Gloeser from Fraunhofer Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung entitled “System Dynamics in in Materials Flows and Commodity Markets” (“SD im Bereich Materialflüsse und Rohstoffmärkte”).
We would like to welcome all interested people, from both academia and industry, to share their work related to System Dynamics from all topics in the Swiss context, such as energy, health, recycling, and others. Please contact us and share your work at our annual Chapter meeting.
We strongly encourage students (PhD, Bachelors or Masters) using the System Dynamics methodology to present their work in our meetings, it is a great opportunity to know your colleagues and get feedback from experts on both the methodology and the thematic.
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>> Russian Chapter
The Russian Chapter of the System Dynamics Society (www.sysdynamics.ru) was created in 2006 with participation of leading Russian universities. The Chapter has taken part in System Dynamics Society conferences since 2008.
The main task of the Chapter is the propagation of System Dynamics in the Russian-speaking academic and practical environment by presenting the information in Russian and English languages, an exchange of experience between members of a society, and establishment of business and research contacts that support the activity of the System Dynamics Society in Russia.
Activities of the Russian Chapter include:
Recent System Dynamics-related Conferences in Russia
- provision of information for experts, researchers;
- organization of regular meetings, round tables and conferences on System Dynamics and application of simulation modeling;
- promotion of initiatives on the organization of educational programs in System Dynamics;
- publication of scientific, popular, and methodical works.
Every two years the National Simulation Modeling Society organizes a theoretical and practical conference “IMMOD: Simulation Modeling: Theory and Practice.” This conference provides a comprehensive analysis of the current state and development perspectives of the simulation modeling theory and simulation tools in business, industry, and administrative governance. Russian Chapter members regularly present their reports there. The latest conference was held in November 2013 in Kazan.
The annual international scientific conference “Modernization of the Economy and Society” with a session entitled “Instrumental methods in the analysis of social and economic processes” was held at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow (April, 2014). The session was devoted to application of simulation modeling of social and economic systems.
On June 16-19, 2014, the XII All-Russian Conference on Problems of Control was held by the Institute of Control Sciences of Russian Academy of Science. More than 1,000 participants registered at this conference, including members of the Russian Chapter of the System Dynamics Society who presented their reports.
In the city of Apatitys, the Institute for Informatics and Mathematical Modeling of Technological Processes of the Kola Science Center of Russian Academy of Science regularly organizes an all-Russia scientific and practical conference, “Theory and practice of system dynamics,” that includes international participation.
The International conference “Government in the XXI century: traditions and innovations” (with a separate section devoted to simulation modeling and games) is annually held at the School of Public Administration of the Lomonosov Moscow State University.
Participation in the 32nd International System Dynamics Conference
During the few last years, the Russian Chapter of the Society regularly presented posters at the International Conference of System Dynamics, where the key activities, large scientific schools and its certain personalities are represented. Members of the Russian Chapter also regularly present results of their scientific works. At the recent International System Dynamics Conference that took place in July, 2014 in Delft (Netherlands), N. Lychkina (Higher School of Economics) together with Y. Morozova (Higher School of Economics) presented the paper “Simulation of the pension system process development.”
Once again, there was participation and sponsorship by the Russian companies The AnyLogic Company and JSC Prognoz (Perm). They have been acting as sponsors of the Russian Chapter for the International System Dynamics Conference for the last few years.
develops business intelligence and business performance management solutions that help corporations and government agencies harness the power of data to make informed decisions. The flagship application is the Prognoz Platform, a modular software package with data storage, reporting, analytical, modeling and forecasting capabilities.
The AnyLogic Company
is a leading provider of dynamic simulation tools, technologies and consulting services for business applications. The company designs, develops and markets AnyLogic—the first and only tool that brings together System Dynamics, process-centric (discrete event), and agent-based methods within one modeling language and one model development environment.
There were more than ten Russian-speaking System Dynamics specialists from Russia, Moldova, Republic of Tatarstan, Latvia, America, France and other countries who attended the conference. The following members of the Russian Chapter presented papers and posters: Natalia Lychkina (Higher School of Economics), Alexander Ryzhenkov (Institute of Economics & IE SB RAS, NSU), Oleg Pavlov (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Valeriy Skribans (Riga Technical University).
During the negotiations at the conference, the head of the Russian Chapter achieved agreements with colleagues from the United States (WPI), United Kingdom, Norway, and other countries for the establishment of joint educational projects in the field of System Dynamics, inviting experts to the scientific activities and master classes carried out in Russia.
At the conference, the Russian Chapter also presented the problem-oriented books published in Russia. One of them was a monograph on System Dynamics, Simulation Modeling of Economic Processes
, by Professor Lychkina. The paper is based on the fundamental works of J. Forrester; simulation of enterprises, and social and economic systems operation. It was published by INFRA-M publishing house and was recommended by the Ministry of Education of Russia. The other was the book of D. Katalevsky, Fundamentals of Management Simulation Modeling and System Analysis
, was published in Moscow by University Press.
System dynamics related educational programs
Several universities in Russia continue to host the following educational programs:
- National Research University, Higher School of Economics: Educational programs at the Faculty of Business Informatics, Faculty of Management, and the Faculty of Logistics are offered by Professor A. Andranik, Professor N. Filinov and Professor N. Lychkina. The Faculty of Logistics launched the new Master’s degree program entitled “Informational analytical solutions in logistics.” The program includes teaching System Dynamics and simulation modeling for managers.
- Lomonosov Moscow State University, School of Public Administration: A laboratory of simulation under the direction of D. Kavtaradze is engaged in the development of educational games on the basis of System Dynamics models.
- State University of Management: two courses are offered in the Faculty of Economic Cybernetics and the Faculty of Information Systems, namely “Simulation Modeling of Economic Processes,” and “Decision Support Systems”. The author of the courses is Professor N. Lychkina, Deputy Head of Information Systems Chair for Science.
- Perm National Research University (former Perm State University): The Information Systems and Mathematical Methods in Economics Department launched a Master’s degree program, “Business Intelligence Systems in Forecasting and Management of Socio-Economic Development Processes in Countries and Territories,” where students study a course of System Dynamics.
Moscow experts, together with authors of the program and head of the System Dynamics modeling group, Professor N. Lychkina, and AnyLogic Company representatives, A.Borshchev and T.Popkov, presented a training course for professionals on “Simulation modeling of economic processes” at the Higher School of Business of State University of Management
(Director V. Godin). The course focused on the following topics:
Further development and international cooperation
- Modern simulation technologies and their applications in information systems in business
- AnyLogic, the modern simulation tool
- System Dynamics modeling
- Solutions for federal, regional, and municipal authorities
- Solutions for enterprises, banks and financial institutions
The chapter plans to carry out cooperative programs, seminars, workshops, and master degree programs on simulation modeling and System Dynamics, write monographs, organize a roundtable discussion on “Strategies of Socio-Economic Development of Russia up to 2020 (Strategy-2020)” and participate in some activities within the recently established National Simulation Modeling Society. Joint educational projects at the leading Russian universities, as well as international projects, are also planned.
We welcome the members of System Dynamics Society to strengthen cooperation with the Russian Chapter and are ready to provide support from the Higher School of Economics, the Moscow State University and others.
Today there is a certain interest in System Dynamics and simulation modeling from both business and government organizations. We are ready to respond to these challenges in cooperation with our international colleagues.
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>> Business Special Interest Group
The annual meeting of the Business SIG was held both live and online during the 32nd International System Dynamics Conference in Delft, Netherlands. Numerous members of the Society were able to participate both live and remotely. Similar efforts will be made with our future meetings. A copy of the presentation and the recording of the entire meeting can be found at http://bit.ly/1u633rR.
The SIG has a number of ongoing initiatives developed by our team of volunteers and will be launching shortly. A summary of these efforts and activities follows. If you are interested in joining the Business SIG’s efforts, you can volunteer here.
A series of short articles written for prospective clients and problem owners, demonstrating how System Dynamics (SD) is being used to address problems within business and other non-academic sectors. These short, simple pieces can be used as practitioners and champions as short examples of the power of SD to spread the methodology to new users and clients. The benefits are numerous:
- Practitioners willing to share/receive leads
- Champions gain marketing materials needed to sell SD internally
- Volunteer authors and editors (especially students) grow their professional networks and have a chance to refine their writing skills in a collegial environment
A practitioner supported resource demonstrating the breadth and scale of SD use, helping practitioners and problem owners connect around common issues and opportunities. The BSIG is working to update and raise the overall quality of the database.
SDX–The System Dynamics eXchange
A long term project, this forthcoming platform for community building, market intelligence, and tool/modeling support will include such features as:
Wintersim consortium and conference
- File exchange (models/molecules/functions, etc.)
- User groups for software tools (iThink, Vensim, Powersim, Sysdea, Forio, etc.)
- List of active training programs worldwide (institutions, independent study, private training, mentorships, internships/co-ops)
- Talent directory
- Job, RFP and project board
- Directory of corporations using SD, offering SD services, or employing SD trained staff
- Strategic planning model
- Leveraging and extending prior research, this tool helps us prioritize our efforts to expand SD use worldwide.
Efforts are underway to participate in the upcoming 2014 Wintersim conference. This conference is well attended by problem owners and members of similar fields. Our participation in the consortium and conference will help extend the visibility of SD within these communities.
ISDC 2014 sessions available on-line
We are collaborating with Bob Eberlein and Erik Pruyt to make select sessions from the 2014 System Dynamics Conference available over the Internet for those who were unable to attend in person.
In addition to the active projects listed above, the BSIG is looking for additional help to assist with the following projects.
Book of SD Applications
A hardcopy/digital compendium of success stories by application area.
A recurring series of events where a sponsoring organization presents a problem and teams compete to solve it. Exact details are to follow, but the competition may include a cash prize.
For general inquiries please email email@example.com
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>> Energy Special Interest Group
In 2013/2014, the Energy Special Interest Group has continued its work to improve the possibility for collaboration between researchers and practitioners in the energy field. This year's main event was the meeting at the 2014 System Dynamics Society conference in Delft, Netherlands where plans were made to continue the program of webinars and contribute regularly to special issues of top rated journal publications on energy. At this meeting, George Matthew, of The Open University was elected to lead the SIG for the year. He will be assisted by Maximilian Happach of the University of Stuttgart and Sadegh Shahmohammadi of the University of Putra Malaysia.
A main venue for discussion and information exchange among SIG members is our forum on LinkedIn.com, which by now has grown to about 308 members. The forum continues to be used for invitations to collaborate on projects, job postings, and for modelling questions directed to the SIG community. It has also often served as an introduction to System Dynamics for people who express an interest in the method.
If you wish to join the Energy SIG discussion forum, it can be found on LinkedIn.com–simply go there, search for Energy SIG / System Dynamics Society and request to join. Note that it requires a LinkedIn profile.
If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the Energy SIG, please contact us and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward hearing from you. Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your name, organization/company, address, country and e-mail address as well as any comments or specific information request.
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>> Model Analysis Special Interest Group
This year's highlight for Special Interest Group on Model Analysis (SIGMA) was the Model Analysis workshop track during the Delft conference. One of the issues that have been raised by the members of the SIGMA during the last couple of years relates to the limited utilization of existing tools and methods for model analysis. A large portion of System Dynamics practitioners are unaware of the model analysis tools that had been developed in the field. Moreover, the ones who know some of the previously developed tools have limited information about how to access and use them. Naturally, this seems to hinder wider utilization and further development of these tools and methods. In that respect, a 4-session workshop track that aimed to introduce interested conference attendees to a selection of methods and tools related to model analysis was organized. The workshop track consisted of the following sessions:
- “Pattern oriented model testing and validation” by Gönenç Yücel
- “Sensitivity analysis with Table Functions” by Sibel Eker and Jil Slinger
- “Statistical Screening” by Gönenç Yücel and Andrew Ford
- “Loop Eigenvalue Elasticity Analysis” by Christian Kampmann and Rogelio Oliva
More than 25 participants joined each session, and in general more than 40 participants followed the most of the workshop track. The feedback from the participants is encouraging, and it is agreed to repeat a similar workshop track in the Cambridge conference in 2015, perhaps with different tools and approaches.
Additionally, detailed information about all four workshops are made available on the SIGMA website in order to reach a wider audience among the Society members. Workshop slides, instructions, software/tools required, etc. are all uploaded to the SIGMA website and can be accessed through the following address:
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Psychology Special Interest Group
The Psychology SIG held its Roundtable and Annual Meeting during the System Dynamics Society Conference in Delft. At the meeting, Joachim Block (co-author Stefan Pickl) discussed his paper “The Mystery of Job Performance: A System Dynamics Model of Human Behavior” and John Hayward (co-authors Rebecca Jeffs, Leanne Howells and Kathryn Evans) discussed his paper “Model Building with Soft Variables: A Case Study on Riots.”
During the coming year the SIG will schedule several webinars related to the use of Psychological variables and social processes within dynamic models. For this topic, the SIG will also create a bibliography of articles and investigate whether it is possible to create a virtual issue of the System Dynamics Review (SDR) with previous SDR articles.
We will also have a presence at the conference “Innovations in Collaborative Modeling” which will be sponsored by Michigan State University and held on June 4-5, 2015. The conference focuses on the use of systems modeling techniques in managing the complex social and environmental problems related to food systems, natural systems, wildlife management, water, health, transportation, and education.
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