OR Society 9th Simulation Workshop

9th Simulation Workshop (SW18)

19 – 21 MARCH 2018

ETTINGTON CHASE HOTEL, STRATFORD, WORCESTERSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM CV37 7NZ

19th – 21st March 2018 sees the return of the OR Society’s biennial simulation workshop (SW18). The conference always boasts an excellent mix of delegates from the fields of simulation practice and research. The conference covers application and theoretical developments across all simulation methods, for example agent based simulation, system dynamics, discrete-event simulation and monte-carlo simulation. We have updated and refreshed the conference this year keeping the best of the original format and adding some exciting new elements.

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Vacancy: Student Representative

The UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society are now seeking applications for a student representative vacancy on the Policy Council aimed at promoting system dynamics within the post-graduate communities of UK universities.

The role involves helping engage other students in research using system dynamics and coordinating entries for the annual conference usually held in April.  You will be involved in organising the student colloquium presentations (talks and posters) plus the student prize award (adjudicated student papers against system dynamics contributions to knowledge and practice).

All are welcome to apply by emailing a short curriculum vitae giving contact details and a paragraph on how you would develop student contacts in the system dynamics community across the UK.

Please send your electronic applications on or before 31st July 2017 to studentapplication@systemdynamics.org.uk

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Towards Smart Model-based Governance by Systems Thinking – Call for Papers

The aim of this Special Issue (SI) is to connect the two main topics towards which Kybernetes is currently steering its focus, Systems Thinking and Cybernetics, exploring their potential impacts in addressing and analysing complex issues in Social, Environmental and Economic domains,

The expected contributions to this Special Issue are related, but not limited, to the BSLab-SYDIC Workshop 2017 (http://bslab-symposium.net/BSLab-Sydic-2017/BSLAB-SYDIC-WS-Rome-2017.htm) whose attempt was to aggregate various issues from the wide topic of Smart Model-based Governance and its perspective of applications to the present and the future complex organisations.

The journal in which it will be published is KYBERNETES, Emerald Pub. (ISSN: 0368-492X)

Read more here.

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UK Chapter Event, Manchester, July 6th 2017

THEME : Building resilient cities through simulation (including System Dynamics)

VENUE: THINKLab pod, University of Salford, 7th Floor Maxwell Building, The Crescent, Salford, Greater Manchester, M5 4WT

DATE:     Thursday 6th July 2017

TIME:     1:30 to 5:00pm

Description:

Salford will be sharing some of the research being conducted at the centre and believe that it will generate an interesting discussion on simulation modelling in disaster management and associated public policy. Salford are also hoping to form a working group on this topic in the future and welcome your participation. Policy Council members from the UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society will be present to answer your questions at this event.

Event Objectives:

  • To provide an interdisciplinary opportunity for discussing the application of System Dynamics to a significant challenge facing our cities;
  •  To provide a networking opportunity for those in Manchester, and wider afield, with an interest in System Dynamics
  • To provide an opportunity for people to find out more about System Dynamics and its Applications.

Outline program (tentative):

1:30pm    Lunch available  (First networking opportunity)

2:00pm   Context setting – Resilience Frameworks and Capacities used in EU CIRCLE framework

2:15pm    Challenges of the new EPSRC project – Developing World Context

2:30pm  Case Study

3:00pm   Round table discussions – making connections

3:30pm   Facilitated plenary to capture system insights

3:55pm   Concluding remarks

4-5:00pm    Retire for refreshments and networking

Admission is free, but you must register (on Eventbrite, see below) so that we know how many people to expect; and please remember to de-register should your plans change.

This event is for members of the SD society and anyone else interested in system dynamics.

Eventbrite booking page

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Simulation Stream at OR59

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.

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UK Chapter Policy Council Membership

The UK Chapter will hold its AGM during the  annual conference on Thursday 6 April 2017.

The Chapter is organised by a Policy Council, elected at the AGM. There will be at least one place available to be filled this year. If you think that you might like to serve on the Policy Council, existing members would be very happy to help you to find out more.

The basic requirements are that you are a member of the System Dynamics Society, and you have an involvement, or interest, in System Dynamics in the UK. The Council meets around three times a year, with additional teleconferences from time to time. The main focus is on organising the annual conference and networking events, and other responsibilities include promoting the field, liaison with the SD Society, overseeing awards and prizes.

If you would like to find out more, preferably before the AGM, please speak to an existing member of the Policy Council. Details here .

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Survey of SD teaching practices

Are you involved, at any level or in any setting, in teaching or training people in any aspect of System Dynamics? This could be as a subject in its own right, as part of another subject, training people how to use System Dynamics software, or any other; in an academic, industry, consultancy, or specific sector context.  If so, we at the UK chapter would like to hear from you and we have devised a simple questionnaire which we hope will inform a round-table discussion at our forthcoming conference (http://systemdynamics.org.uk/annual-gathering/).

The questionnaire asks some straightforward questions and makes reference to the ‘competency framework’ that was recently published in the System Dynamics Review (Schaffernicht & Groesser 2016).

If in doubt, please send us something.

*** Complete the survey here: https://cardiff.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/survey-of-sd-teaching-practices ***

Responses would be appreciated by 31st March 2017 so they can inform the panel discussion at the forthcoming UK Conference.

If you have any questions or comments, or would prefer to complete the survey as a word document, please contact Jenny Morgan (morganjs2@cf.ac.uk).

Please forward this email on anyone else you think should have received it, including anyone who taught you something about System Dynamics.

 

 


 

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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

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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.

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Networking Event; Leeds February 2017

THEME : Health in Leeds: What contribution might transport policy make?

VENUE: University of Leeds, Institute for Transport Studies, Rooms 1.11a-c

DATE:     7th February 2017

TIME:     2:30 to 5:00pm

Leeds Event Feb 2017

Event objectives:

• To provide an interdisciplinary opportunity for discussing the application of System Dynamics to a significant challenge facing our cities;

• To provide a networking opportunity for those in Leeds, and wider afield, with an interest in System Dynamics;

• To provide an opportunity for people to find out more about System Dynamics and its applications.

Outline programme:

Refreshments available 2:30pm
Context setting – the health challenges for the city of Leeds 3:00pm
Transport policy and health – what are the connections? 3:15pm
A population health system dynamics model for the City of Leeds 3:45pm
Round table discussions – making the connections 4:00pm
Facilitated plenary to capture system insights 4:30pm
Concluding remarks 4:55pm
Retire for further refreshments and networking……. 5:00pm

Admission is free, but you must register (on Eventbrite, see below) so that we know how many people to expect; and please remember to de-register should your plans change.

This event is for members of the SD society and anyone else interested in system dynamics.

Eventbrite booking page

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