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Simulation Workshop SW18

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The Operational Research Society is running a Simulation Workshop (SW18) on 19th to 21st March 2018 at the Ettington Chase Hotel, near Stratford. More information on the event at www.theorsociety.com/SW18

It is still possible to submit posters for the event,  which offers a platform to show off the incredible SD work that you are involved with. (Plus there is a prize for best poster!). If you would like to submit a poster, then you need to submit a 150 word poster abstract to the Poster Stream, here   –  https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sw18  by the deadline of 8th January 2018.

This is open to all delegates i.e. from practice, simulation software development and research. Posters could contain:

  • An overview of a simulation case study either complete or in progress;
  • An overview of a simulation research project either complete or in progress;
  • A description of an important issue in simulation research or practice;
  • A description of a new way to visualise simulation results;
  • An overview of a piece of simulation software;
  • Insights from practice about how to successfully run simulation studies;
  • Links between simulation and analytics;
  • Links between simulation and behavioural OR

 


SD in healthcare at SCiO Open Meeting – Manchester – 16/10/17

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Society member Peter Lacey will be presenting on ‘System Dynamics in Healthcare’ at the SCiO Open Meeting being held at Manchester Business School on October 16. Peter will provide insights from the use of System Dynamics modelling over a 20 year career in health and social care consultancy. He will provide people with a walk through of some existing models and explore some of the pitfalls and benefits of the approach. There will be an opportunity to explore both quantitative and qualitative elements of systems and how they feature in SD modelling against a background of the culture and expectations of the health and care system today.

SCiO is a group for systems practitioners and is based in the UK, but has members internationally. It is focused primarily on systems practice and practitioners rather than on pure theory and on systems practice as applied to issues of organisation.

The open meeting costs £20 to attend, and also includes the following presentations:

  • Portia Light – Fake art, bad science and what we can learn from using systems thinking to examine the mechanics of law
  • Steve Whitla – Making more meaningful models: A hands-on guide
  • Benjamin Taylor – Meta-contextuality through the medium of Bongard games: why methods and practices depend on context

More information on the event here – http://www.scio.org.uk/node/7503


Simulation Stream at OR59

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The Operational Research Society’s annual conference, OR59, is being held at Loughborough University between 12 and 14th September 2017.

The Simulation Stream welcomes submissions from all areas of simulation methodology and practice, including System Dynamics. The stream will cover topics such as:

  • Conceptual modelling;
  • Facilitated Modelling;
  • Comparison/Mixed Method/Hybrid simulation;
  • Parallel and Distributed Simulation (PADS);
  • Simulation software and technology;
  • Verification & validation;
  • Design and analysis of experiments;
  • Input and output analysis;
  • Serious games;
  • Simulation Education
  • Simulation Optimisation

The stream is particularly interested in new and exciting simulation case studies and practitioner oriented papers (e.g. manufacturing, healthcare, project management, defence, service systems, transportation, telecommunications, etc.).

Presentation titles and abstracts can be submitted here:

Submissions due by 30th June.


2017 UK Chapter Conference Early Bird Reminder

Please note that special early bird rates for this year’s conference end on February 28th!

Each year the chapter organises the Annual Conference, a series of presentations from eminent practitioners and the opportunity to meet and discuss issues.  2017 will be the 19th annual conference.

THEME : 60 Years On, Still Looking Forward Seriously Modelling what Matters and Building Up the Field
VENUE: London South Bank University
DATE: Wednesday 5th April and Thursday 6th April

This is the 60th anniversary of the founding of System Dynamics by Jay Forrester, who died in November 2016, leaving behind a unique and precious legacy. Our tribute, this conference, covers contemporary examples of the classic themes he first developed:

  • World Dynamics
  • Urban Dynamics
  • Industrial Dynamics

We also cover Health Policy, which has become one of the most significant domains modelled using SD. The conference is open to all, whether or not you work in System Dynamics.

Conference page and booking


Ventana Systems UK Vensim Workshops

Ventana Systems UK are holding a series of workshops in the use of the Vensim System Dynamics software.  These will be held from June 5th to 7th in Salisbury.  Further details here.


World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics” (WOSC) in Rome, Italy, 2017

Some news you may find interesting.  The “World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics” (WOSC)” to be held in Rome, Italy, Jan 25th – 27th 2017, has a theme and track regarding System Dynamics:  “Think outside the box with Systems Dynamics“. The call for abstracts can be found here.


2016 Geoff Coyle Medal Winner

Chris Spencer (Strategy Dynamics)

Chris Spencer has been awarded the 2016 Geoff Coyle Medal for his work in developing the Sysdea System Dynamics software, which makes System Dynamics modelling properly accessible to practically anyone.

Coyle Prize 2016

Simon Shepherd (Left), the UK Chapter President, presenting the Geoff Coyle Medal to Chris Spencer (Right)

Chris’ browser-based approach brings System Dynamics modelling squarely into the 21st century and exploits all the benefits of the Cloud.  Chris has also clearly put much thought into ease-of-use and demystification of preceding approaches, not only to modelling but also to the practicalities of System Dynamics.  In a nutshell, he has created a simulation package that is easy to understand.  Because it is shareable and browser-based, there is nothing to install and there is no barrier to looking at, running and understanding models by people with no training in System Dynamics or System Dynamics software. Novices can open the web app and create working models with much more efficiency than ever before.

There are two outstanding features of the Sysdea software that justify the award of the Geoff Coyle prize to Chris Spencer. First, the speed with which models can be created. The design concept makes model building fast and easy. Second, the ease of sharing the models, either finished for review or in co-creation.  This is a great benefit in teaching, as well as for practical business applications and even scientific use.  Chris Spencer is highly deserving of the prize and the policy council have no doubt that Geoff Coyle, once recovered from the shock of how easy Sysdea makes System Dynamics, would agree wholeheartedly.

The Sysdea software, for which Chris has been awarded the Geoff Coyle Medal, can be found at www.sysdea.com. In addition the Sysdea User Guide can be downloaded from www.sdl.re/sysdeaguidePDF, and there are more resources at http://resources.sysdea.com. A copy of the presentation Chris gave at the conference is available from http://systemdynamics.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016-Day1-Spencer-Presentation.pdf.


Strategic Modelling and Business Dynamics: A feedback systems approach

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The second edition of Strategic Modelling and Business Dynamics: A feedback systems approach by John Morecroft has recently been published. This new edition also offers a rich Learners’ website with models, articles and videos, as well as a separate Instructors’ website resource, with lecture slides and other course materials.

For more information about the book, please go to www.wiley.com/go/strategicmodelling2e. There is a sample chapter available here


European Commission Technical Report Published

European Commission Technical Report

You may like to take a look at a new technical report that has just been published by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission entitled “Powertrain Technology Transition Market Agent Model (PTTMAM): An Introduction“.

“This JRC Technical Report provides an introduction to the JRC system dynamics based Powertrain Technology Transition Market Agent Model (PTTMAM). This comprehensive system dynamics model, covering the period 1995 to 2050, was designed to capture the key feedbacks and interactions between manufacturers, authorities, infrastructure providers and users across the 28 EU member states and 16 powertrain options available in the light duty vehicle market.”


A Robust Data-driven Macro-socioeconomic-energy Model

System Dynamics can be applied to national accounts along with energy flows, employment and transportation. This is demonstrated in a recent paper “A Robust Data-driven Macro-socioeconomic-energy Model” available for free until 6 May 2016 at http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Sjco_rVQOAfg4. The paper introduces what’s called the 7see model showing how it is configured using historical data (from 1990 for the UK economy) and how its performance is assessed in reproducing the historical period. Publications to follow will show how the 7see approach enables historical data to underpin business-as-usual (BAU) scenario to 2035, then how to introduce policies that give rise to different outcomes. This work will be presented at the our annual conference on 14th April. COP21 in Paris introduced yet another acronym, INDCs for Intended Nationally Determined Contributions. Since this 7see modelling works at national level, it is well placed to help policy makers address the challenges of evaluating and comparing paths that will take them to their new national carbon-reduction targets.


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