Modeling Assistance Workshop (MAW)

The popular Modeling Assistance Workshop will be offered again this year. Gary Hirsch and Rod MacDonald will be organizing these activities that enable participants to obtain one-on-one coaching on specific modeling questions. Questions may relate to a model that you are thinking about, studying, or developing. Questions may also relate to something that you don’t understand in one of the System Dynamics textbooks or software packages. You might even get the author of the textbook or software as your coach! All levels of modeling background are welcome, from beginner to advanced. Modeling questions may cover problem articulation, dynamic hypothesis, model formulation, model testing, or policy design and evaluation. Bring whatever materials you need to describe your modeling question, including pencil and paper, diagrams, articles, books, or laptop computers. If you bring a computer, be sure your battery is fully charged, as we cannot guarantee electrical power or power adapters.

The Modeling Assistance Workshop will be held on Monday and Tuesday (times will be announced as the schedule becomes available). You may also be able to make arrangements for an alternate time for assistance if the coach is available. Others who would like to observe the process are cordially invited to join as spectators during these public workshops.


Register for the Conference here!


Modelers: If you think you may be interested in receiving assistance on a modeling question at the conference, please notify us in advance of the conference by writing to Rod MacDonald at [email protected]. Your writing in advance will help us arrange for sufficient coaching resources, and will also act as an early registration (first come, first served) in case we can arrange only a limited number of coaches. Finally, if you would like some help framing your modeling question, Rod will be pleased to work with you via email to help you clarify them.

Coaches: If you think you may be interested in coaching, please write to Gary Hirsch at [email protected]. Gary will work with you via email to ensure that the modeling question assigned to you is commensurate with your System Dynamics abilities and interests.

 We have had numerous spectators at past Modeling Assistance Workshops. All are welcome to join these public workshops as spectators.