2020 Bergen Conference Call for Papers

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PROGRAM: The annual System Dynamics conference brings together people from around the world to share important research and application results. The conference program consists of plenary presentations that showcase important work in the field, parallel and poster sessions that present advanced research and applications, and a full day of skill-building workshops covering topics from basic software use to advanced analysis techniques. Panel discussions, special interest group sessions, student colloquia, a modeling assistance workshop, vendor exhibits, and demonstrations round out the program. The conference schedule provides time for social and professional interaction. An innovation for the 2020 conference is that we will pilot a virtual conference feature for plenary sessions to promote engagement for those who are interested in the conference but unable to attend in person.

SUBMISSIONS: We welcome all research and documented consulting activities in System Dynamics including applications of the methodology to solve real-world problems, new technical and software developments, and productive integration of complementary methodologies. We invite papers presenting quantitative and rigorous qualitative work on dynamic problems emphasizing feedback structure and the manner in which it generates behavior. We also welcome different analytic and computational approaches beyond stock and flow modeling, including discrete representations such as agent-based modeling with a focus on system behavior.

In addition to the traditional research paper, a few particular items to consider submitting:

Writing an SD Conference PaperWriting a good system dynamics paper II

Written by Society and Policy Council Member, Tom Fiddaman

THREADS: Though System Dynamics is, by its nature, cross-disciplinary, the conference schedule is organized by threads, some methods-based and some systems-based.  At the conference, presentations will be grouped into sessions by these threads and other themes to create coherent topics for presentation and improve conference session organization.  During paper submission, you will be asked to select a primary and secondary thread from the following list of planned threads for 2020:





Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (NEW FOR 2020) Issues or methodologies related to the application or integration of System Dynamics with: Automated Intelligence, Big Data, Data Science, Predictive Analytics or Machine Learning

Asmeret Naugle & Billy Schoenberg

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Business System Dynamics applications in businesses and organizations including profitability, marketing, competitive dynamics, product launches, project dynamics, and accounting. Warren Farr & Scott Rockart Sponsor this thread!
Economics The understanding of economic dynamics including macroeconomics, microeconomics, trade, business regulation, economic development, economic policy, insurance, and risk management. Oleg Pavlov & David Wheat Sponsor this thread!
Environment The dynamics of and policy for the environment including climate change, pollution, environmental regulation, and ecology.

Allyson Beall King & Jake Jacobson

University at Buffalo Geography Dept

Health Issues related to health and health care including health policy, health services research, population health, and physiology John Ansah & David Lounsbury Homer Consulting
Human Behavior The dynamics of human behavior in the social environments of families, communities, organizations, culture, and society including individual and social psychology Shayne Gary & Camilo Olaya
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Information and Knowledge The dynamics of information and knowledge including knowledge management, information systems, social network analysis, research & development, invention and innovation Len Malczynski
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Learning and Teaching The manner in which system skills are taught and learned including pedagogy, learning experiments, curriculum development, workshop design and interactive activities designed to be part of an educational experience.  Diana Fisher & Saras Chung
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Methodology Contributions to the methodology of System Dynamics modeling and simulation including model development, model analysis, validation, graphical presentation formats, and computational techniques. Yutaka Takahashi & Jeroen Struben
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Operations Business and other process operations including capacity management, quality control, operations management, supply chains, workflow, queuing, and workforce planning. Ed Anderson & Burcu Tan
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Public Policy Issues in public policy including governance, social welfare, equity, justice, political science, urban dynamics, infrastructure, and transportation. Navid Ghaffarzadegan & Rod MacDonald Millennium Institute
Resources The understanding and management of resources including energy, electricity, fuels, food, metals and other renewable and nonrenewable resources.  Silvia Ulli-Beer & Todd BenDor
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Security The investigation of issues related to security including defense, conflict, military, insurgency and counterinsurgency, social unrest, disaster management, crime, policing and incarceration Saeed Langarudi & Ignacio Martinez Moyano
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Stakeholder Engagement Engaging and influencing stakeholders through participatory activities such as group model building, facilitation, facilitated modeling, games and management flight simulators with emphasis on assessing the impact of the engagement. Etiënne Rouwette & Susan Howick
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Strategy The development, communication and implementation of strategy, including strategic thinking, goal definition, and outcome measures for public and private organizations J. Bradley Morrison & Nicole Zimmermann
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Submissions are welcomed on all topics pertaining to system dynamics, regardless of whether they easily fit within one or more of these threads. Questions about submissions may be directed to [email protected].

ORGANIZED SESSIONS: The 2020 conference program will include invited as well as contributed sessions. Special proposals for plenary or parallel sessions, panel discussions, roundtables, and other pre- or post-conference activities are encouraged. Proposals for workshops and tutorials are also welcome. If you have ideas for sessions and workshops focused on addressing practical issues in specific commercial or scientific fields, please contact us. Proposals should be sent to [email protected].