2013 Conference, Cambridge

SIG-MA Related activities during the conference


1. Annual Meeting and Roundtable (Wednesday 12:15, Ballroom B):

As we do it every year, there will be an annual gathering of the SIG-MA members. Firstly, we aim to provide a brief introduction about the SIG for new members during this meeting. Additionally, we will discuss ways to increase communication and cooperation between SIG-MA members, and to increase the effectiveness of SIG-MA in facilitating that.

More importantly, it is aimed to use this meeting as an opportunity to introduce our ongoing model analysis related work to other members. In that respect, if you are currently working (worked or planning to work) on a topic that you consider as relevant for SIG-MA members, please join in our annual meeting to introduce yourself and your work briefly in a few minutes. We believe a speed-introduction will help us a lot in grasping the directions of research and ongoing studies in the related topics.

 2. Informal gathering (Cambridge Room on the 2nd floor) (Note the small change in the schedule)

This year, there is a designated  “Gathering Point” for Chapters and SIGs where you can meet up with other Model Analysis SIG members outside of  the formal meeting time. The SIG Gathering Point is in the Cambridge  Room on the second floor. The room will be available for informal gathering of the SIG members from 12:00 (noon) till evening on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Cambridge room will be available all day for informal gathering. We will try to be at the gathering point as much as we can. If you want to meet and chat with other SIG-MA members, gathering point is the place.


3. SIG-MA Ribbons


Ribbons are yet another novelty about SIGs. SIG members will be able to wear ribbons of their SIGs on their name badges during the conference. This is expected to increase the visibility of your SIG affiliation and  help you in meeting with other members of the SIG-MA during informal gatherings. If you wish to wear the Model Analysis ribbon on your name badge during the conference, you can contact me (Gönenç Yücel) via email before and during the conference.



4. SIG-MA Related Parallel Sessions (This is a collection of sessions that I found relevant for SIG members. If you think there are other sessions that should be added to the list, please let me know. Gönenç)

You can download a 1-page personal planner that already has these SIGMA-related sessions on it from the following link 2013 SIGMA Plan


Parallel (127): Model Building and Behaviour, chaired by Marjan van den Belt (Monday 11:00, Thomas Paine AB)

  • Absent or distant? On the use of indirect causal links and chains of causal links to compare mental models of dynamic systems, by Martin Schaffernicht, Stefan Groesser  Abstract
  • Connecting Micro Dynamics and Population Distributions in System Dynamics Models, by Saeideh Fallah-Fini, Hazhir Rahmandad, Hsin-Jen Chen, Youfa Wang  Abstract  Paper
  • Model validation: matching data and structure to behavior through partial model calibration in Group Model Building setting, by Anna Bachurina  Abstract

Parallel (126): Modelling Approaches, chaired by Markus Schwaninger (Monday 14:00, Thomas Paine AB)

  • Doing more with Models: Illustration of a SD Approach for Dealing with Deeply Uncertain Issues, by Erik Pruyt, Jan Kwakkel, Caner Hamarat  Abstract
  • A new Hybrid formalism that Integrate Different Simulation Approches to Develop a quantitative tools to support Decision Making, by Elpidio Romano  Abstract
  • The Top 7 Myths About System Dynamics, by J. Chris White, Robert Sholtes  Abstract

Parallel (128): Optimization and Calibration Methodology, chaired by Gönenç Yucel (Tuesday 11:00, Thomas Paine AB)

  • A Multi-Pathfinder for Developing Adaptive Robust Policies in System Dynamics, by Caner Hamarat, Erik Pruyt, Erwin Loonen  Abstract  Paper
  • A Global Approach to the Optimal Control of System Dynamics Models, by Armin Fugenschuh, Ingmar Vierhaus  Abstract  Paper
  • Estimation of Unknown Parameters in Dynamic Models Using the Method of Simulated Moments (MSM), by Hazhir Rahmandad, Mohammad Jalali, Hamed Ghoddusi  Abstract

Parallel (129): Modelling Foundations, chaired by Jill Slinger (Tuesday 14:00, Thomas Paine AB)

  • Pitfalls of Multi Method Modelling: Concepts and Comparisons, by Herbert Daly  Abstract  Paper
  • Deduction and abduction in computer simulation: Comparing logics in theory development, by Edoardo Mollona  Abstract
  • Exploring the mutual benefits of collaboration with Concept Mapping – preliminary results and some puzzles, by Martin Schaffernicht, Bärbel Furstenau  Abstract


5. SIG-MA Related Posters (This is a collection of posters that I found relevant for SIG members. If you think there are others that should be added to the list, please let me know. Gönenç)

Poster (132): Modelling Methodologies

  • Elicitation of Mental Models of Dynamic Systems: Do Existing Elicitation Approaches Suffice?, by Stefan Groesser, Martin Schaffernicht  Abstract
  • Go Big or Go Home: How to Build Large-Scale SD Models, by Robert Sholtes, J. Chris White  Abstract
  • Evaluation of Alternative Dynamic Behavior Representations for Automated Model Output Classification and Clustering, by Nisa Onsel, Emre Onsel, Gönenç Yucel  Abstract  Paper
  • Disaggregation of a Stock Variable Based on Attribute Distribution, by Nitin Joglekar  Abstract  Supporting
  • Achilles Can Catch the Tortoise: Alternative Goal-seeking Structures, by Charles Jones  Abstract  Paper
  • Bayesian Parameter Estimation of System Dynamics Models Using Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods: An Informal Introduction, by Nathaniel Osgood, Juxin Liu  Abstract  Paper

Poster (130): Modelling Foundations

  • Using Scenario Planning Data in System Dynamics Model Building, by Ezzat El Halabi, Matthew Doolan  Abstract
  • Translating Between Laplace Domain Block Diagrams and System Dynamics Stock & Flow Diagrams, by Rohit Mundra, Khalid Saeed Abstract
  • System Dynamics Endogenous Mental Models, by Warren Tignor  Abstract
  • Limits to Planetary Fresh Water Use: A Multi-Model Investigation, by Jan Kwakkel, Jos Timmermans  Abstract
  • System Dynamics Simulation Models and Points of View, by Margarita Vazquez, Manuel Liz  Abstract
  • Theories and Models. The Cognitive Significance of System Dynamics Modelling, by Manuel Liz, Margarita Vazquez  Abstract