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CCS’19 Satellite Session: Complex decision making in high-consequence environments

During the Conference on Complex Systems 2019 (CCS’19) http://event.ntu.edu.sg/ccs2019/Pages/Home.aspx to be held at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Argonne and University of Chicago Computational Social Scientist Ignacio J. Martinez-Moyano, along with Alexander Kalloniatis (Defence Science & Technology Group /Australian Government), will host a special satellite session, “Complex decision making in high-consequence environments: Exploring the dynamic interplay of social, behavioral, and technical considerations leading to conflict, crime, security, and resilience.” https://www.anl.gov/event/complex-decision-making-in-highconsequence-environments This session is a follow-on to the 2016, 2017, and 2018 CCS satellite sessions on security and will expand its focus to include processes that lead to conflict, crime, security, and resilience.

Decision-making processes are at the core of how organizations and individuals deal with the causes and consequences of high-impact events. Often in complex systems, because of their inherent unpredictability and because of multiple non-linear effects and time delays in how systems respond, decisions made to address current problems or to prevent future problems are the reason why problems persist over time or emerge in the future.

This session will focus on complex decision making in high-consequence environments. In particular, we intend to explore the dynamic interplay of social, behavioral, and technical considerations leading to conflict, crime, security, and resilience.

Examples of topics that will be addressed are modeling complex systems and their decision-making structures; analysis of escalation and de-escalation of conflict and violence and increases and decreases in criminal activity and organizations; design of decision-making processes to increase security and resilience; adversarial decision making and behavior; mechanisms to reduce ambiguity into uncertainty; and structural considerations needed for stability and instability in complex systems.

The intent of this satellite session is to provide a space in which we will share knowledge and insights about how complex decision making in high-consequence environments can contribute to making the world a more resilient and safer place! We aim to stimulate interactions between practitioners and complexity scientists in this increasingly challenging area.

Important Dates:
July 12, 2019: Deadline for abstract* submission (abstracts should go to [email protected] with the subject title: “CCS’19 abstract submission”)
July 19, 2019: Notification of acceptance and Preliminary Program Released
August 10, 2019: Satellite Session Presenter Registration Deadline

*ABSTRACT SHOULD BE NO LONGER THAN 2 PAGES (ALL TEXT SHOULD BE TIMES NEW ROMAN 11 PT). PLEASE USE ONE COLUMN OF TEXT (JUSTIFIED) WITH PAGE MARGINS OF 1’‘ (TOP AND BOTTOM) AND 1.25’’ (LEFT AND RIGHT). YOU MAY INCLUDE FIGURES AND TABLES IN YOUR ABSTRACT. LEAVE ONE LINE (11 PT) BEFORE EACH FIGURE. THE CORRESPONDING CAPTIONS SHOULD FOLLOW STRAIGHT AFTER THE FIGURES, WITHOUT ANY LINE BETWEEN THE FIGURE AND ITS CAPTION. SECTIONS FOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND REFERENCES (BOTH OPTIONAL) SHOULD APPEAR AT THE END OF THE ABSTRACT. TITLE MAY BE UP TO TWO LINES IN LENGTH AND 12-PT BOLD FONT. AUTHOR AND INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATION INFORMATION MAY BE 9-PT FONT.


Engaged teaching and learning of system dynamics using LEGO®  SERIOUS PLAY ® at Sustainable Development Programme, Stellenbosch University (June 19)

In the 2019 System Dynamics Modelling 771 module, Professor Josephine Musango, the Coordinator and facilitator of the module, invited Dr Jenson Goh from Residential College 4, National University of Singapore who is a certified facilitator of the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY method and expert in using games pedagogy for teaching and learning. 

 The 2019 class constituted of 16 students who were divided into four groups of four students working on the issues of gender-based violence (Gender-Based Violence Group), management of menstrual health at school (Bloody Mary Group), the dilemma of social media users (So Much Pressure Group) and the challenge of meeting electricity for urban population (The Spark Group). For more information, please click here


The Society releases its Spring Newsletter, which contains important updates and information about operations, events, members and more.  (April 4)


System Dynamics Newsletter Submittal  (April 9)

During the past 12 months, the Psychology and Human Behavior SIG has met every four to five weeks. We discuss the application of system dynamics to sociology and history. We are going through Turner’s book “Human Institutions: A Theory of Societal Evolution.” We are exploring the possibility of creating system dynamics models of his theories. We are also exploring models of historical collapse. To join, or for more information, please contact Pascal Gambardella or David Lounsbury.


Society Member, David Lane, Gives Opening Speech at Operational Research Society Conference  (April 3)

Professor Lane, a Fellow of the Operational Research Society (ORS), gave the opening speech at the conference entitled ‘Building productivity, insight and foresight for your business: How computational modelling can help business and industry’. He also participated in a panel discussion later on in the day. In his talk, he described his extensive experiences as a modeler in business and government in order to motivate the day. He emphasized the benefits of combining the analytical power of modelling with its use as a mean of getting managers to participate in strategic discussions. For more information please click here


News from UK Chapter  (February 25)

The UK Chapter of the SD Society is excited to hold its annual conference on April 4 & 5 in central London! The conference theme is “Uncovering Connections – Delivering Insight”. The UK Chapter conference places a strong emphasis on getting experienced practitioners in consultancy & corporate environments to share their insights, as well as discussing the use of SD in academic studies in a variety of disciplines. We hope to welcome a full house of students, experienced SD practitioners & those who are brand new to SD. Register today!


News from Korean Chapter  (February 25)

The winter conference, one of the biannual conferences since 2000, entitled " Resilience and Sustainability in Korea" was held on February 23th at Seoul Business School in Seoul, South Korea. This conference was the 40th conference since 1999 and began with the keynote speech "Who can move the mountain? SD is the story about people." by Professor Ki-Chan Kim who is a professor of business administration of the Catholic University of Korea and the chairman of the Innovation-driven Economy Division of the National Economy Advisory Council. There were six plenary presentations and one poster presentation, and 40 participants. Visit the online album here. The 41st conference will be the summer conference with the 20th Anniversary of Korean System Dynamics Celebration.

From the annual general meeting at the end of the conference, Dr. Chang-Kwon Chung was re-appointed the President of Korean System Dynamics Society for a second consecutive term until 2020.


Book Your Hotel Reservation Today!  (February 19, 2019)

Attending #ISDC2019?! Book your hotel reservation today! The Hotel Albuquerque will serve as the Host Hotel for the 2019 System Dynamics Society Conference. The Albuquerque Hotel is a luxury hotel located in the heart of Old Town and offers a unique location in the historic district. Special conference discounts are available for attendees. Book by June 28 and specify that your booking is related to the System Dynamics Society Conference or ISDC2019! For more information, please visit the accommodations page.


Call for Papers: The Second National Conference of the Iranian Chapter of System Dynamics Society  (February 18, 2019)

The Second National Conference of the Iranian Chapter of System Dynamics Society will take place on April 24-25, 2019, at Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran. The purpose of this conference is to develop the knowledge of systems thinking and System Dynamics methodology to facilitate solving the national and organizational problems in Iran.

The focus of the conference is "Systems Thinking and System Dynamics Methodology" and "Systems Thinking and System Dynamics Applications" in all aspects of economic, social, environmental, etc.

Officials of this conference are as follows:

  • Conference Chair: Dr. Alinaghi Mashayekhi
  • Conference Secretary: Dr. Mohammad Reza Hamidizadeh
  • Scientific Committee Chair: Dr. Massoud Rabieh
  • Organizing Chair: Dr. Seyed Hossein Hosseini

The deadline for paper submissions is March 11, 2019. The submission guidelines for authors and additional conference details could be found at the conference’s website at www.IRSDC2019.ir.


New Publication by Ugo Bardi, Sara Falsini and Ilaria Perissi (February 14, 2019)

Recently, Ugo Bardi, Sara Falsini and Ilaria Perissi performed a System Dynamics study that confirms Joseph Tainter’s theories on the collapse of societies and his proposition of a common cause. Their study goes deeper into the origins of the diminishing returns of civilizations. Learn more about their work today


Have you submitted your paper yet? (February 14, 2019)

Have you submitted your paper yet for our 37th Annual Conference? Check out contribution requirements, submission instructions, threads for 2019, deadlines, and more! We look forward to viewing your work!


Registration is now OPEN!Registration is Now Open! (February 13, 2019)

Registration is NOW OPEN for #ISDC2019! We are thrilled to host our 37th Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM July 21-25, 2019! Communicate, demonstrate and share your work in System Dynamics to engaged peers and industry leaders! Don’t delay, register today!


GMB by Kaveh DianatiNew Publication by Society Members Kaveh Dianati and Nici Zimmermann (February 13, 2019)

Society members Kaveh Dianati and Nici Zimmermann from UCL (University College London), together with other colleagues in an international research project, have just published a paper in the high-ranking environmental journal Science Of The Total Environment. In this paper, they report on work they have been doing in Nairobi, Kenya, on the topic of household air pollution. More than half of Nairobi’s population live in slums. Most of these households use kerosene, charcoal, or wood for cooking, leading to very high indoor concentrations of PM2.5, a major threat for the health of the population. The authors have used a Group Model Building approach to build a System Dynamics model that highlights the importance of reinforcing feedback processes involving investment in monitoring and health impact assessment studies, with important implications for policy.


 New Society President Shares New Year's Message (January 8, 2019)

Click here to read a message from new Society President Martin Schaffernicht.


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