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 Subject : 39th MIT-UAlbany-WPI SD Colloquium.. 11/12/2019 05:08:19 PM 
Christine Tang
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This "Topic" will contain information on The 39th MIT-UAlbany-WPI SD Colloquium.

SUNY-Albany is the host and decided (with input from MIT and WPI) to innovate by starting an online asynchronous colloquium. There will still be an in person networking event at SUNY-Albany in January (date and location to be announced).

Chanchilo Ezung is the lead for SUNY-Albany.

I, Christine Tang, am aiding with organizing online. James Paine is the representative for MIT.

Why Online and Asynchronous?
To increase inclusion so anyone from around the world can participate by uploading a presentation (PowerPoint or video)

Who can present?
Anyone (preferably students). We prefer unfinished work for this colloquium. This colloquium is to aid those in the early or middle stages of a project.

Who can comment?
Anyone. Experts from around the world can provide feedback at any time.

Deadline: Friday, December 20th, 2019

We just wanted to start this as soon as possible so people are aware and can prepare...and to test the features of this discussion board. Stay tuned for presentation guidelines. We will also send an email as soon as possible.
 Subject : Re:39th MIT-UAlbany-WPI SD Colloquium.. 11/12/2019 05:30:04 PM 
Christine Tang
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Please also email me [email protected] if you have any questions. It is my job to help with online/media things since I am the WPI System Dynamics Social Media Manager (admin, IT person, etc.)

WPI System Dynamics hosts weekly online meetings.

I also help a lot because I am not taking any courses this semester. The others are busier.

The WPI SD Club holds weekly Collective Learning Meetings (CLMs). This semester they are Fridays 10AM-11AM ET (subject to change).

Below is a link to sign up to be on the WPI System Dynamics Club mailing list to receive emails about the CLM and other news:

We know people cannot always attend so we record most of the presentations and post them on Youtube

We also have a Twitter account, LinkedIn group and Facebook group where we discuss various topics

The SD Student Chapter also has groups:
 Subject : Re:39th MIT-UAlbany-WPI SD Colloquium.. 12/02/2019 04:56:35 PM 
Christine Tang
Posts: 26
Attached is a PowerPoint of the current guidelines.

Thank you for your patience during this learning process. Please email [email protected] with any questions or feedback. We will also send a survey after the event.

If you are interested in the synchronous discussion/networking event at SUNY-Albany on Friday, January 10th (discussion starting at 10AM ET), then please fill in the following form:

Below is the online link and call-in options for those who would like to join the discussion portion:

Topic: The 39th MIT-UAlbany-WPI Colloquium
Time: Jan 10, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Updated with the revised PowerPoint to include MIT's logos.

We also want to emphasize that work at any unfinished stage is welcome. Students have presented on potential problems to model, literature reviews, etc. We encourage those with more advanced work to present in the System Dynamics Colloquium or in a International System Dynamics Conference (ISDC) session

Last Edited On: 12/02/2019 09:31:07 PM By Christine Tang
 Subject : Re:39th MIT-UAlbany-WPI SD Colloquium.. 12/18/2019 09:30:47 PM 
Christine Tang
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We will also accept presentations that are a few days late. We just wanted to pick a date that is before the holidays (so people can enjoy their holidays) and early enough for participants to prepare and watch/listen to/read the presentations BEFORE the in-person discussion and networking event on Friday, January 10th.

If you are not able to make this December deadline but would like to present something before the conference in July, then you are welcome to present in a WPI System Dynamics Collective Learning Meeting (CLM). We meet online through Zoom. I am looking for people to sign up to present for next year (starting in February). Presenters have 1 hour to present (though sometimes we go over 1 hr. I'm flexible. It depends on the presenter and participants). The date/time of the CLM might change to accommodate the schedule of WPI folks. I will make another "Topic" about this.
 Subject : Re:39th MIT-UAlbany-WPI SD Colloquium.. 01/04/2020 11:00:25 AM 
Christine Tang
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Happy New Year, folks!

I decided to post (an updated version of) my presentation from The 37th MIT-UAlbany-WPI SD Colloquium.

I didn't do a voice recording but made fun(ny) random notes. I have a cold so my voice isn't great right now.

Note: I was still a beginner in SD when Saeed L. and I built this. He is an expert. Honestly, I still struggle with SD. Mainly, I just know what is a stock (level) and what is a flow (rate) then spend a lot of time thinking/figuring the rest (equations) out. Learning modeling methods takes a lot of time and practice. I have been watching WPI, MIT, and SUNY-Albany folks present SD models for years. Watch the experts then practice! I also have background in other types of simulation and math modeling methods. You'll get there, new students! We'll help you.

My modeling process:
- read a lot about an important problem
- gather data/information (reference mode - behavior over time graph) from literature/people. I actually haven't talked to the medical doctors I know about this model yet.
- brainstorm using a stock-flow
...haven't done rigorous model testing yet.

I know that I should create a dynamic hypothesis but I don't think about that until I start testing. Expert SD-ers have written about the "Standard Method." I have documents on this but am not sure if I am allowed to share them since they are course materials.

When I identify a problem, it usually bugs me until I or some else mitigates it. I somewhat take ownership and try to help in any way that I can. Models and diagrams are great tools and conversation starters. In my opinion, implementation (getting people to do something) is much harder.

Please feel free to message me with any feedback. If you can make the in-person discussion at Albany this Friday, January 10th starting at 10AM ET, then please wait for that. I also check this place, email: [email protected], LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook frequently.

Hope you and yours have a nice weekend!

Christine Tang
WPI System Dynamics Social Media Manager
Interdisciplinary PhD Student in System Dynamics

p.s. For those who have known me for years, I switched from Manufacturing Engineering (MFE). It didn't make sense (naming wise) since I have been focused in health since undergrad. Not manufacturing. WPI doesn't have a Health Systems Engineering major so I was under MFE/Mechanical Engineering. Methods wise, I still focus on simulation and math modeling.

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